Taking place on the 13th of November, 2021 marks High Sierra
Cyclists’ ninth year sponsoring the Ridgecrest Desert
Classic. We have some changes this year due to COVID
precautions and a new staging area. We are generally
using the same courses as in the past, but the start/finish
line has moved and none of the courses will go down
the ridgeline. This year we are sending everyone
down blacks instead. We have moved the staging
area to Prospectors Campsite (GPS coordinates - 35°32'09.9"N
117°39'40.3"W). To get to the staging area, you
will take College Heights blvd up towards the College
like in past years, then you will keep going and the
road will turn to dirt/mostly sand. You will continue
on College Heights Blvd / RC10 for about 2.5 miles,
then slight left to Prospectors Campsite. The
staging area can be easily spotted once you get to the
top of the hill and there will be signs directing you
to the venue. It is possible to make it to the
staging area in a car, but a higher clearance more capable
vehicle is recommended. Below is a poorly drawn map,
but there will be signs designating the route to get
to the staging area.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MOUNTAIN BIKING IS INHERENTLY DANGEROUS.
We do not doctor our trails out here in the desert.
There are rocks, and drops, and sand traps. You may
encounter portions of the trail that make you nervous.
You may even encounter portions of the trail that downright
scare you. If this occurs, please employ discretion
and, if necessary, walk until you feel comfortable again.
We simply cannot cater to every level of rider, but
we are making a genuine effort with all four courses,
so we ask that you work with us and make the experience
the best you possibly can!
On an equally serious note, we'd like to recognize and sincerely
thank our sponsors. There is truly no way we could hold the
Ridgecrest Desert Classic every year without the support of these
fantastic Ridgecrest businesses:
REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICK UP
Registration for the Ridgecrest
Desert Classic is $40, regardless of course choice,
and is available above or at both our local bike shops
– TJ Frisbee Bicycles and Bob & Ardyce’s Bicycle
Shop or online using the link at the top of this page.
The registration fee goes up to $45 on Thursday
14 November. A USA Cycling permit is NOT necessary for
the Ridgecrest Desert Classic as we are not a USA Cycling
Day-of registration will be available
from 0600 until 0900, as well as Friday during packet
pick up, which will be Friday, 15 November, from 5 to
7 pm at TJ Frisbee Bicycles, 217 Balsam St.
Remember to register by midnight on Saturday 9 November to have
an RDC t-shirt included with your registration, as well
as a personalized race bib!
COURSE INFO AND START TIMES
The four courses being offered this year are the
Our first two classes, the CLASSIC LOOP GROUP AND THE BEGINNERS, WILL HAVE A START TIME OF 0950 and 930 respectively,
while the SPORTS AND PRO/EXPERTS WILL BEGIN AT 1015. All courses will finish down
the Ridgeline with a final descent along Widow Maker,
save the Classic Loop Group which will finish down Blacks.
FOOD SHOWERS, AND RESTROOMS
The venue is a campsite in the desert, so there will be
no food provided, no showers, but we will have the finest
porta potties for miles around.
SpringHill Suites Marriott
Accommodations in Ridgecrest include many hotels, as well as camping.
If you plan on a low-maintenance, low-budget stay
here in our desert, please visit (and adhere to) our
local BLM office’s page on
camping on BLM land
Please also keep our cute little ground
squirrels and desert tortoises in mind while camping
and racing. Some basic information regarding these little
fellas is available in the following
tortoise and ground squirrel fact sheets.
Hampton Inn & Suites
Best Western Inn
Again, this course is the shortest and least technical at 8.2
miles. It will have one aid station around mile 5.5
before heading down Blacks and back to the CCCC parking
lot. All RDC participants will ride this course, but
will diverge at aid station one; our Classic Loop Group
will head down Blacks, and all other racers (beginners,
sports, and pros/experts) will head out east, which
will be clearly indicated by those manning the aid station,
as well as signage.
The Classic Loop has fire roads,
single track, double track, a few jumps (if the rider
so chooses to partake),
and downhill sections along
Blacks that will allow for speeds of up to 25 miles
per hour. This will be an open class, meaning
there will be no age groups and only the top three males
and females will be recognized.
Click here to view the
Classic Loop course map, or here for the
Classic Loop GPX file.
Our beginner 14-mile course will have three aid stations,
the first of which will be the Classic Loop Group’s
only aid station around mile marker 5.5. This course
has several, what most would consider, difficult to
moderately difficult climbs, does NOT go out into the
Fun House, and finishes down The Ridgeline. Click here to view the
Beginner course map , or here for the
Beginner GPX file
Ridgeline descent, climbs, fast single track, and a little Fun
House make this course a good compromise at 21 miles.
Four aid stations will be available to our sporters
en route to the Ridgeline. Click here to view the
Sport course map, or here for the
Sport GPX file
27 miles of sweat, cursing, cramping, and type II fun (the
kind you’re glad to have done with)! This course is
unlike any other you’ll ride because of its extensive
mileage through the Fun House. Twists and turns, banks
and boulders -- the Fun House’s unique terrain will
test you as you fight to keep momentum while avoiding
getting stuck in a sand trap, or overshooting a corner.
A true test of skill and definitely a ride you will
not forget! 100% pro payout guaranteed. Click here to view the
Pro/Expert course map, or here for the
Pro/Expert GPX file, or here for a
video of the Ridgeline
A total of five aid stations are available along the length
of the pro/expert course before jumping onto The Ridgeline
and dropping down along Widow Maker.
The following are approximate mile-marker locations for
all five aid stations according to the pro/expert course:
AS1 = 5.5, AS2 = 9, AS3 = 14, AS4 = 20.5, AS5 = 23.5.
Course maps are available within each description above
and indicate a general idea of all aid station locations
in relation to each course.
We are employing a
cut-off time this year of 2:00 at the last aid station before the Ridgeline.
This is very liberal and, so long
as you have chosen a course that is within your ability
and skill level, you should have no problems making
this deadline. For perspective though, AS5 is
approximately four miles from the finish line for the
beginner, sport, and pro/expert course. So, back
four miles off your total, and then calculate if you
can bike the remaining miles in your allowed time.
For example, beginners, you will have over four (4!)
hours to ride nine miles. Sporters will have over
three and a half (>3.5) hours to ride 17 miles.
Pros/experts will have the same three and a half hours
to ride 23 miles. Again, all very attainable if
you have chosen a course that is reasonable for you.
Our policy on refunds is that we don't do them. We
will, however, happily rollover a registration payment
from a previous year if you contact us directly about
it well in advance (let's say at least two months before the race),
AND you recruit two (2) new people to race
in the RDC for the same year you would like to roll
your already-paid registration to. A bit unusual,
we know, but we're going to give it a try and see how
Our 2018 results are a good indication of what to shoot
for on all four courses as said courses are identical
again for this year.
2021 Ridgecrest Desert Classic Lite & Local results.
2019 Ridgecrest Desert Classic results.
2018 Ridgecrest Desert Classic results.
2017 Ridgecrest Desert Classic results.
2016 Ridgecrest Desert Classic results.
2015 Ridgecrest Desert Classic results.
2014 Ridgecrest Desert Classic results.