The 2017 Knoxville Fall Classic Double Century
The Quackcyclists would like to invite you to participate in the Knoxville Fall Classic Double Century. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, the 30th of September, 2017. This is an endurance ride, not a race, not a timed event. Ride your bike with friends, take in the scenery. Just finish.
We now offer a "Lowland" option. After lunch, instead of climbing up Siegler Canyon and over Cobb Mountain, each rider will have the option to head straight down Highway 29 from Lower Lake to Middletown where the two courses will rejoin. It's about 8 miles shorter, with significantly less climbing. However, it is still within tolerance to qualify as a double-century. "Fast" riders may get ahead of the rest stop opening times if this option is elected, so be aware that you may have the privilege of helping set up the later rest stops if you get there too quickly. You will also miss out on one of the best descents on the course. Any rider leaving lunch after 3:00 will be required to take the lowland course.
All riders must be pre-registered. Registration will close Tuesday, September 20th. No day-of-event registrations. No rider exchanges. Each entry is only good to the person registered. Proof of identity may be required.
Entry fee: $100 prior to September 1st. $120 after August 31st. Please sign up early!
Rider limit: 250. Once we receive 250 total entries, we will post a notice on the web and registration will be closed. Our permits & available support simply do not allow us to have more riders.
The ride will start & finish at Vacaville’s Pena Adobe Park. It’s right off I-80, just west of Vacaville. We ride north thru Fairfield, over Mt. George, up the Napa Valley, over Howell Mtn, then along Lake Berryessa on Knoxville Road, all the way to Lower Lake, site of the lunch stop. The afternoon course heads up Siegler Canyon and over Cobb Mountain via Loch Lomond, then heads south into Middletown & Pope Valley, back beside Berryessa, then finally down Pleasants Valley.
All registered riders must check in before you start to ride, preferably the night before between 5 p.m. & 8 p.m., but also Saturday morning, between 4:30 & 6:30 a.m. The start is “open”, any time after 4:45 Saturday morning. All riders must be off by 6:30 a.m. Please use an earlier starting time if you are concerned at all about making the cutoffs - see route sheet for rest stop opening and closing times. Preliminary Route Sheet
First light: (when you won’t need lights on your bike) about 6:30. Riders have until midnite to complete (with intermediate cut-off times that correlate to a midnite finish).
The Double Century is 200.2 miles. Total climbing is 12,600 ft. Almost two-thirds of the climbing is in the morning. Most climbing is under 10%, but some of the climbs are quite long. Lunch is at mile 107. Most riders seem to finish between 7 & 10 p.m. The course is mostly very rural, scenic, lightly traveled, & remote. Lots of it is twisty & turny (is that a word?) up & down, and often in need of repair (but that keeps the cars away!)
As Chuck Bramwell so eloquently puts it, “There is not a single 'easy' double century”. The nature of riding 200 miles continuously means that it is a very challenging endeavour, even for experienced cyclists. When the original course & timing for Knoxville was conceived, the idea was for it to be (relative to other rides) challenging and moderately difficult, but without significant time pressures, or any form of “race” mentality. The first two years of the ride, I think most riders agreed that was an accurate description. However, in the following two years, the temperatures during the afternoon reached well into the 100+ range, and we have heard numerous riders describing this as “the toughest ride I’ve done this year”.
A number of riders have completed this ride as their first double century. It’s not the ideal “first double”, but there are numerous other much tougher rides out there. We have attempted to set up the course so the afternoon is less demanding than the morning.
We are really proud of the support we offer, and work very hard to do most everything for you, except pedal your bike. There will be six full rest stops, plus two more “mini-stops”. Lunch will be served at rest stop #3. There will be a catered dinner at the finish. Bottled water (not hose water), lots of food, P, P , & P’s (as christened at the Devil Mountain Double, “Pills, Powders, & Potions"). All riders will have a route sheet. We are no longer marking the course with paint as doing so is prohibited by many our permits. There are still some remnants of prior year markings, but please don't count on those as the course has seem some changes over the years. We will have at least 4 experienced, dedicated SAG drivers on course.
In all our years, our most requested products have been from Hammer Nutrition. They have been
a huge support to all our events over the years and we are very grateful to them again this year.
You can find out more information about their products on their website.
What happened to the double metric?:
For the ride's first four years (2000-2003) we offered a “double metric” option, (200 km, about 120 miles). We are not formally offering it this year - in fact it's gone for good. The main reason is that we felt that we were not doing a good enough job supporting it. If we came up short in any area, it was getting support in place & on the road for these riders. Often they would come into the finish early- to mid-afternoon, and nothing was there. It also really stretched us thin. The last two rest stops needed to open 5 or 6 hours earlier than if they were only for double century riders, and were open for nearly 10 hours total. That’s too much to ask even of our great volunteers.
The double metric added a bail-out at mile 70 for riders not having a good day, or who were falling behind. This year, one of two things will happen at that point. If you hit the 2nd rest stop past the cut-off time that we know is the general limit for successful finishes (11:30 a.m.) you will either be:
(1) Offered a ride back to the start /finish, or ahead to the lunch stop, or, (2) You may, at your option, ride the old double metric course back to the start/finish, but you will be unsupported. The good part is, if you make this choice, it is a simple route, 50 miles total, (only one turn is not part of the main course) and there are numerous facilities along the way, washrooms, stores & campgrounds where food & water is available. Further it is well enough traveled (but not crazy) that if you have any significant problem you are likely to have someone help you very quickly.
Either choice, you may still have a good day of riding, but you won’t be an official finisher.
Well, it’s early fall, so we can get, (and have) the gauntlet. Perfect weather, rain, or hottr’ than stink. We are personally hoping for perfect, . . . but . . . The last couple of years have seen moderately hot afternoons (depending on who's doing the talking). We do our best to get ice & plenty of water out there, but every rider needs to be smart for any conditions.
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Pietro’s #1 is our local recommendation. They cater the after-ride meal, and the owners Joe & Kathy Murdaca are two of our favorite all-time people. It’s a guaranteed fill-up of fantastic and classic southern Italian fare. Located at 407 Cernon St. In Vacaville, off Merchant St.
The Quackcyclists & The Knoxville Fall Classic Double Century reserve the right
to refuse entry to anyone, to remove riders from the course for reasons of their
own safety, for the safety of other riders, for obvious & flagrant violation of
the course rules or the California Vehicle code, or for the general well-being
of the rider, the ride, other riders, or the Quackcyclists.
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Link to Preliminary Route Sheet (We don't expect it to change, but forces outside our control have caused it in the past...)
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