This 508 mile bicycle race is revered the world over for its epic mountain climbs, stark desert scenery, desolate roads, and its reputation as one of the toughest but most gratifying endurance challenges available, bar none.
In 2014, The 508 is moving to Nevada!
We are EXTREMELY excited about and pleased with this route and the overall experience of hosting an event of this caliber, size, and scope in Reno and across the great state of Nevada.
Your race director, Chris Kostman, has personal experience with this route, because he raced across Nevada on Hwy 50 in the 1987 Race Across American and LOVED it!
Support vehicles and crews will be required and the race rules will be extremely similar to the rules we have used in the past. Notably different, support vehicles will direct-follow their rider on the return / westbound leg only, and only at night.
Stage One: Reno > Geiger Grade > Virginia City > Silver Springs
47.65 miles / 2723' elevation gain / 2959' elevation loss / 4257' min altitude / 6710' max altitude Map and Garmin file
Stage Two: Silver Springs to Fallon
31.39 miles / 266' elevation gain / 489' elevation loss / 4084' min altitude / 4462' max altitude Map and Garmin file
Stage Three: Fallon to Austin
106.41 miles / 5049' elevation gain / 2661' elevation loss / 3940' min altitude / 7245' max altitude Map and Garmin file
Stage Four: Austin to Eureka
70.10 miles / 2799' elevation gain / 2729' elevation loss / 5816' min altitude / 7470' max altitude Map and Garmin file
Stage Five: Eureka to Austin
70.09 miles / 2753' elevation gain / 2733' elevation loss / 5848' min altitude / 7556' max altitude Map and Garmin file
Stage Six: Austin to Fallon 112.53 miles / 2730' elevation gain / 5036' elevation loss / 4180' min altitude / 7446' max altitude / Map and Garmin file
Stage Seven: Fallon to Silver Springs 25.47 miles / 499' elevation gain / 292' elevation loss / 4221' min altitude / 4560' max altitude Map and Garmin file
Stage Eight: Silver Springs to Reno
46.72 miles / 2844' elevation gain / 268254elevation loss / 4392' min altitude / 6779' max altitude Map and Garmin file
Relay Racing Stats
Two-Person Relay Data
A Rider = Stages 1, 3, 5, and 7 = 249.62 miles
B Rider = Stage 2, 4, 6, and 8 = 260.74 miles
Four-Person Relay Data A Rider = Stages 1 and 5 = 117.74 miles
B Rider = Stages 2 and 6 = 143 miles
C Rider = Stages 3 and 7 = 133 miles D Rider = Stages 4 and 8 = 112 miles
Some Comparative Notes
The route is often very similar to the Furnace Creek route: vast open spaces, mountainous desert, roads that stretch into infinity, and such. The route even crosses the Shoshone Mountains, and a huge sand mountain similar to the sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells. There are stretches that look just like the FC508 route near the Trona Pinacles, and just like the FC508 route between Amboy and Sheephole. That said, in comparing the Silver Stage route to the FC508 route:
• The pavement is generally far better. There is essentially no terrible pavement. Most of it's great. There are long stretches with an actual shoulder.
• The route is much easier to navigate (most of the route is either Hwy 50 or SR 772).
• There is far less traffic. (Highway 508 is known as "The Loneliest Highway in America.")
• Cell coverage is available (at least for Verizon and AT&T customers) on 80-90% of the course.
• It passes through three scenic, photogenic Authentic Western Frontier towns a total of five times: Virginia City, Austin, and Eureka.
•These and the few other towns along the route offer far more amenities than the previous route, but are still small and easy to pass through.
• Wildlife abound next to, and sometimes on, the route: wild horses, wild burros, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, plus cattle, sheep, and horse ranching. • Hotel is much cheaper at the start/finish line, and also much bigger with multiple restaurants inside or within a few blocks. • Finish line where you started in Reno, making for easier logistics. • Gas averages 30 to 50 cents a gallon less than California, even out in the boondocks, where it is still cheaper than California cities and DOLLARS less than FC. • Though there is less climbing, it's at much higher altitude: never lower than 3940', but goes as high as 7490'.
Notable Elevations and Passes the Route Crosses Over