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2021 DEATH RIDE – TOUR OF THE CALIFORNIA ALPS ROAD CLOSURES 7-17-2021

Alert: The Tamarack Fire just outside of Markleeville has resulted in the cancelation of the Death Ride, mandatory evacuations of Markleeville and the surrounding areas, road closures around Markleeville, and the closure of Monitor Pass.  We are wishing and praying for the safety of this community and all the firefighters and personnel working to get a handle on this fire.

Scheduled on State Routes 4 and 89 in Alpine County

ALPINE COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will temporarily close State Routes 4 and 89 to all traffic, except for emergency, law enforcement and support vehicles, for the 2021 Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride.

State highways will be impacted as follows on Saturday, July 17, 2021:
• Route 89/Monitor Pass from Route 89/4 junction south of Markleville to Route 395/89 junction south of Lake Topaz will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to noon.
• Intermittent traffic delays may occur on Route 89 between Turtle Rock Park Road
to Airport Road from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Route 4/Ebbetts Pass from Monitor Junction to Lake Alpine will be closed from
5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The start/finish will be at Turtle Rock Park. Organizers with the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and TGFT Productions/Bike the West expect 2,100 riders for the 40th rendition of the event, which was postponed last year due to COVID-19.

Participants will ride six passes on Route 89 and Route 4, scaling Monitor Pass twice,
Ebbetts Pass twice, and the Pacific Grade twice traversing a total of 103 miles, including more than 14,000 feet of vertical climbing.

For the safety of the participants, take alternate routes whenever possible.

For more information, visit deathride.com.

For the latest road conditions, visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov.