Click below for historic information about the Terrible Two
Additional questions? Contact the event chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cue Sheet & Maps:
(see course page for link to RwGPS routes and to download TCX files)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
2022 INFORMATION BELOW
Am I ready for this ride?
All of the successful (and most of the unsuccessful) TT participants are experienced, fit riders. The Terrible Two should not be your first double century. Before you attempt the TT 200mile route, you should complete such rides as the Markleeville Death Ride (all passes), Devil Mountain Double, or the Davis Double. The TT will take 3-4 hours on average longer than the Davis Double - please don't attempt the Terrible Two if Davis took you over 13 hours. In fact, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS RIDE if YOU HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT WHETHER YOU CAN FINISH IN THE ALLOTTED TIME. If you've completed other doubles comfortably, the TT should be a reasonable challenge.
Note that you should come prepared for HOT weather - some years we have lucked out, but often the date of this ride coincides with warm temps. HYDRATE before, during, after the ride
How long do I have to finish (200 mi route only)?
You have a total of 18 hours to complete the 200 mile ride to earn Triple Crown Credit and a total of 17 hours to "Beat the Clock" and earn your a special item. This equates to an 11pm finish for the CTC credit and a 10 pm finish for the item (with a 5am start). Note that, we will have VERY STRICT cutoff times at the lunch stop (2PM), Ft Ross (8PM), and Monte Rio (10PM). The course will start being cleared at 10pm, so if you expect to need until 11pm to finish, you should sign up for the 5am start. If you believe you can complete the course in less time, you can sign up for the 530am start. Also note that after 10pm, support on the road will be minimal.
What time should I start?
For the 200 mile event, similar to 2021, we will have two start times that you can sign up for: 5am and 5:30am. Slower riders (those that expect to take 16 hours or more to complete the ride) are advised to opt for the earlier start time.
For the 200K/128 mi event, all riders will start at at 7:30am.
How will timing work?
Similar to 2021, we are simplifying timing. We will record your starting time and ending time only - we will not be checking riders formally at each stop.
We do recommend that you also track your ride using a Garmin or similar device and upload your ride to Strava as a backup. A link to your Strava data can be submitted to email@example.com within 48 hours of ride completion. This is optional, but it worked really well in 2021 with times from GPS devices being generally within 1 minute of the manually recorded times.
Make sure your Garmin/device is charged and able to last the entire ride. It's likely not advisable to try to run the Strava app from your phone as that may not last the duration. You might consider bringing a portable power bank (like THIS) to recharge.
NOTE: the course will NOT be marked, so you need to follow GPS navigation (highly recommended) or the printed route sheet.
Should I bring lights?
The ride is scheduled for a Saturday near the longest day of the year; lights are needed for riders starting at 5:00 am and also advised for the 5:30 am start. Full dark arrives around 9:00 pm but the light decreases around 8pm. We ask that ALL RIDERS bring front and rear light. You will need to carry these with you.
What's the support like?
We will provide some light breakfast items at the start, 6 fixed aid stations (only 4 for the 200K), traditional SAGs, and roaming vehicles with water and ice on the Skaggs/Rancheria climb. There will be no water stop between the start and Calistoga, but we will have SAGs on the road with water. We will offer Hammer Nutrition products and a variety of snack items. At the lunch stops (Warm Springs Dam for the 200 milers and Rancheria for the 200K), you will get a sandwich, snacks, and drinks. If you have special dietary needs, please carry those specific items with you.
PRIVATE SAGS ARE PROHIBITED. If you have a spouse or friend who serves as a private SAG for you at other events, we can add them to our SAG fleet, but they must work for all riders. If you wish to provide this, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the finish, you will be welcomed back, be provided a dinner and cold drinks. You will also get a coupon for a beer at Seismic brewery (at the Barlow, nearby - they close at 10PM).
How late can I register?
Registration closes on June 12th. You must pre-register, no registration at the event. There are no refunds or transfers, this is a rain or shine event. All entries will be confirmed by e-mail. Additional e-mails will be sent approximately one week prior to the event with additional information.
How does check-in work?
Number bibs, each with a rider's name on it, will be provided. Find your name/number, pin it on, grab a map, and you're checked in. Simple as that. You MUST wear your bib on the course and check in at the lunch stop and at the finish.
Check-in and packet picket available on Friday night (June 17th) from 4-7pm at Seismic Brewing at the Barlow in Sebastopol. If you plan to check in on Saturday morning, please arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before your start time.
Note that due to supply chain issues, merchandise purchased may be shipped out after the event.
More Information for Riders
- Riders must wear their official bib number and it must be visible. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
- Helmets are mandatory.
- Ear buds are prohibited.
- Two water bottles are highly recommended.
- Riders who drop out must notify course officials in person or call in. Don't make us look for you all night!
- We reserve the right to pull riders for flagrant traffic violations or for their own safety where they appear too debilitated to function responsibly/safely. YOU MUST FOLLOW THE CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE (i.e., stop at stop signs/lights, single up to allow cars to pass, etc.). Not doing so threatens our ability to continue to hold this and other cycling events in Sonoma County.
We will provide a drop bag service that will take items to the Warm Springs Dam rest stop. If you have special dietary items, you can send them forward in a drop bag at the start. We can collect drop bags at Warm Springs Dam to take items back to the finish, but keep in mind that you will need warmer layers and your lights when you hit the coast as as the sun goes down, so it is not advisable to drop those.
Cutoff Times and Course Closure
Riders will be required to check in at Warm Springs Dam. If you do not continue beyond lunch you must still check in. The cut-off for riders leaving the Warm Springs Dam rest stop and continuing on the course is 2PM (no exceptions). Those riders arriving at that rest stop after this time MUST take the bail out route or SAG back (route is posted). Unless you cannot continue safely, we ask that you take the bailout route back. A local rider (or two) will be on hand to guide you back to the start and we will have SAGs available. Our cut-off times are based on years of observation of the successes and failures of riders over the second half of the course.
Riders must reach the Monte Rio Rest Stop by 10:00PM. We will also have a cutoff time for Fort Ross (8PM). There is no guarantee of services on the course in the miles leading to Monte Rio after 10:00 pm; support will be limited to the portion between Monte Rio and the finish. Riders missing cutoff times at Fort Ross and Monte Rio will be required to SAG to the finish. After 11:00PM, riders should understand that there will be no services on the course and that SRCC is not obligated to provide any further assistance, though we will do our best to bring all riders in safely.
Jerseys, T-shirts and Rewards
Terrible Two jerseys will be available to purchase or order for finishers at the finish (please bring a check, we will not be able to process credit cards) or online after the event. T-shirts and hats are available for sale during registration and may be mailed out to purchasers (due to supply chain issues we cannot guarantee a delivery date); they may arrive after the event. You can also order one (with a check payment) at the event. The 200 mile riders that finish within the 18 hour limit will earn a Terrible Two commemorative item. All participants will get a Terrible Two sticker. Those that participate and succeed in the Terrible Me challenge will get a special item as well.
Sharing the Road
Sonoma County's rural and coastal roads are very popular with cyclists. You may only visit here once or twice a year, but the residents along our route have cyclists--in large groups and small--passing their homes and farms and wineries every day. You can help us preserve friendly relations with our neighbors by being a good ambassador for cycling when you ride here. Our use of this route in the future may depend on your good cycling behavior now. Thank you for your cooperation!
- This is not a race! We repeat... this is NOT a race.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Ride single-file as much as possible.
- Stop and pull off the road for all emergency vehicles.
- If you must ride double at times, be vigilant for overtaking vehicles (including faster cyclists) and single up promptly.
- Please be courteous and friendly with all motorists and residents that you encounter. They are our neighbors.
- Participants are required to follow California Vehicle Code (CVC) regulations.
- A few seconds off your time does not justify the risk of an accident or the loss of our good public relations within this community. It is essential that all participants exercise restraint and simple common sense, especially in the first few miles, while the field is still bunched up.
SRCC Event Cancellation Policy
SRCC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule an event when, in SRCC’s sole discretion, it is reasonably necessary to do so. Circumstances under which cancellation or rescheduling may occur include, but are not limited to, Acts of God, terrorism, community disasters, such as earthquake, fire or flooding, or other unforeseen events reasonably likely to compromise the safety of participants or otherwise interfere with the ability of the club to hold the event. Inclement weather alone will generally not result in a cancellation. Events are held rain or shine. If the event is cancelled: 1. Participants will be notified as soon as possible. 2. Depending on the situation, full or partial refunds may be issued in SRCC’s sole discretion. SRCC relies on fees from our events to continue our stated purpose as a 501(c) (4) non-profit recreational cycling club to ensure our organization is here every year, to continue advocating for riders and putting on the best events in the country. SRCC must honor commitments and contracts many of which are paid in advance of the event and non-refundable. SRCC cannot bear the risk of a disaster alone. Each participant accepts the risk of losing his or her registration fee or other incidental expenses related to participation in the event should circumstances warranting cancellation arise. Thanks for your support and understanding.