"Lined up for the start, while receiving our informal raceday preamble, a gentlemen drove by in a large truck and yelled out, 'FUCK YOU ASSHOLES!!!' Silence. Then: a chorus of cheers from the assembled riders."
Excerpt from Ride and Repeat.
A road made of dirt goes up one side of a mountain and down the other. We do a big-ass ride to get there, and then we go over it. There are no bail-outs. But we support your journey, and celebrate at the finish.
There's only one route for Fish Rock. It's 72.4 miles and 9,670 feet of elevation gain. The record is somewhere just under five hours.
We begin in Boonville and head west over the very long, beautiful, low-traffic Mountain View Road. After reaching HWY 1 for a brief period we turn inland to make our return and tackle the one that inspired it all: Fish Rock. Quickly turning to gravel and pitching upward, you'll find yourself in a place unlike any other. For the next 25 miles, you'll have yourself, your legs and your heartbeat to keep you company.
This ride is not a joke. Every crazy thing you've heard about Fish Rock Road is probably true, or in some way related to something that is true.
Traditional overall scoring is captured at Fish Rock. The top three men and top three women for the day will be recognized in various age groupings. The finish line is just before the Boonville City limits sign. We'll be there waiting for you.
What bike? Bring your road bike with 28c Armadillo's or bigger. A cross bike works too, but will be slow on the route which has more pavement than gravel.
What gear ratio? How big you go is up to you, but for climbing, we recommend a 34-36 tooth ring in front and a 28 in back.
Timing? Timing will be done in traditional scoring fashion. First one back to Boonville wins!
The generous folks at Anderson Valley Brewing Company have accepted to host us again on Friday night. Tent sites are $10 and van/adventure vehicle/trailers are $35 (must be 14' or less!). Only 120 spaces available.
Secure a during registration below.
We'll be giving away great prizes to those who place in their age/gender category. Age brackets are created based on number of riders in each 10 year age group.
Podium spots get a fabled one-of-a-kind commemorative poster.
8:00 am: Camping opens at Anderson Valley Brewery
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Packet Pickup at Anderson Valley Brewery
8:00 am: Rider Check-In at Anderson Valley Jr-Sr High
10:00 am: Mass Start
2:00 pm: First riders finish
3:30 pm: Awards at Anderson Valley Brewing Company
5:30 pm: Last riders finishing
6:14 pm: Sunset in Boonville, CA on March 9th, 2019
Boonville is a small town, so parking is at a premium. But we've got it all figured out for you, so check these maps and plan ahead.
FAIRGROUNDS: Parking at the Fairgrounds will be the most convenient, and you can easily ride to the start (school) and from the finish/festival (AVBC).
ANDERSON VALLEY JR-SR HIGH (start line): You may park along the roadside near the school where it is wide enough to safely do-so without being on the pavement.
ANDERSON VALLEY BREWING COMPANY: Although the post-ride Festival is hosted at AVBC, parking is very limited and is reserved for camping participants ONLY.
Registration for Fish Rock is $91 per person. You get a fully-supported, timed event, stocked aid-stations, mechanical SAG support and a post-race hoedown in Boonville, CA! Don't forget to include a shirt (yep, that's the art right there, we know it's rad!)