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, support vehicles will direct-follow their rider on the return / westbound leg only, and only at night.
Above: the start line host hotel for Silver State 508: Silver Legacy Casino and Resort
Above: the start line for Silver State 508: the world-famous Reno Arch
Above: the first big climb of the race is at mile 17: the Geiger Grade
Overall Map of Route (Has a few tiny errors in a few places, and the finish line is To Be Determined):
514.77 miles (+5 miles to probable finish line)
21.971' elevation gain and 21.977' elevation loss
7490' max altitude and 3888' min altitude
Stage One: Reno Arch to Silver Springs
56.86 miles / 3314' elevation gain / 3801' elevation loss / 6795' max altitude / 4199' min altitude Map
NOTE: there will be a slight change in Virginia City (using D street instead of E street on northbound dogleg from Taylor St. to Mill St.).
Stage Two: Silver Springs to Fallon
31.37 miles / 274' elevation gain / 516' elevation loss / 4394' max altitude / 4001' min altitude Map
Stage Three: Fallon to Austin
106.73 miles / 5417' elevation gain / 2839' elevation loss / 7418' max altitude / 3991' min altitude Map
Stage Four: Austin to Eureka
70.13 miles / 2822' elevation gain / 2818' elevation loss / 7470' max altitude / 5824' min altitude Map
Stage Five: Eureka to Austin
70.13 miles / 2847' elevation gain / 2810' elevation loss / 7552' max altitude / 5875' min altitude Map
Stage Six: Austin to Fallon
111.92 miles / 2814' elevation gain / elevation 5251' loss / 7499' max altitude / 4115' min altitude Map
Stage Seven: Fallon to Silver Springs
26.15 miles / 537' elevation gain / 312' elevation loss / 4005' min altitude / 4386' max altitude Map
Stage Eight: Silver Springs to Reno
41.63 miles / 2949' elevation gain / 2682' elevation loss / 4235' min altitude / 6758' max altitude Finish: To Be Determined (currently shown at a Hampton Inn in south Reno, but we anticipate finishing a few miles north of there at a different venue) Map
Above: Sand Mountain on Stage Three and Stage Six
Above: the Shoe Tree (as near Amboy) on Stage Three and Stage Six
Two-Person Relay Data
A Rider = Stages 1, 3, 5, and 7 = 260 miles
B Rider = Stage 2, 4, 6, and 8 = 255 miles
Four-Person Relay Data
A Rider = Stages 1 and 5 = 127 miles including first major ascent
B Rider = Stages 2 and 6 = 143 miles
C Rider = Stages 3 and 7 = 133 miles
D Rider = Stages 4 and 8 = 112 miles including downhill finish
Above: Wide open spaces with minimal to no traffic, here on SR 722 on Stage Stage Three, eastbound
Above: Wildlife abound along the route, including pronghorn, as above, but also wild horses, wild burros, coyotes,
antelope, bighorn, plus cattle, sheep, and horse ranching!
Above: the turn-around spot in Eureka, Nevada
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 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.
• Hotels are much cheaper on both ends of the route, and also much bigger with dozens of restaurants inside or within a block.
• Finish line is just 4 to 10 miles from the start line, 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 3888', but goes as high as 7490'.
Will YOU survive The Silver State 508 across Nevada's Hwy 50?
Notable Elevations and Passes the Route Crosses Over