Furnace Creek 508 Race Route

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. Total elevation gain: 35,000'.

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NEW: 2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: 2013 Stage One on RideWithGPS
(Click here for the Garmin version.)
NEW: 2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: 2013 Stage Two on RideWithGPS
(Click here for the Garmin version.)
NEW: 2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: 2013 Stage Three on RideWithGPS
NEW: 2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: 2013 Stage Four on RideWithGPS
NEW: 2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: Spreadsheet of all four stages for 2013 route.
2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: Support Crew Route to drive to Stage One Meet-Up Point: Crews will use this route to drive directly from the start line to the point at mile 26.70 (for the riders) where they will await their riders, then begin leapfrog support from there.
For 2013, IGNORE EVERYTHING BELOW HERE
2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: Stage Three Detour through which riders are shuttled
2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: Revised Stage Four on Google Maps
NEW: 2013 Reroutes, Detours, and Such: Kevin "Desert Coyote" Van Dyke made a RideWithGPS file for the entire 2013 route, including the 23 mile shuttle section in Panamint Valley which will be driven, not ridden. That leaves 500 miles of cycling. Thanks, Kevin! NOTE: The written route sheet is THE ROUTE. Do not get lost nor confused by your GPS!
NOTE: The files and Links below depict the traditional 508 route used in 2012 and prior. Do not be confused, nor get lost, because of the many detours and reroutes in 2013, including: Stage 1: Totally new first half; Stage 3: Shuttling of riders around washed out road in Panamint Valley; Stage 4: Totally different route from Furnace Creek to Shoshone via Death Valley Junction; Stages 7 & 8: Time Station has been moved into Amboy, rather than at the stop sign several miles earlier.
Garmin GPS File, Map, and Profile: Stage 1 (Santa Clarita to California City), as captured by a Garmin 310xt while the race director was driving the course in June 2011. (NOTE: In 2012 we relocated the start line to a diferent hotel, so this file is no longer accurate for the first four miles. Also, the route revision shortened the entire route by 1.1 miles.) Alternate: RideWithGPS
Garmin GPS File, Map, and Profile: Stage 2 (California City to Trona), as captured by a Garmin 310xt while the race director was driving the course during the 2010 race. Alternate: RideWithGPS
Garmin GPS File, Map, and Profile: Stage 3 (Trona to Furnace Creek), as captured by a Garmin 310xt while the race director was driving the course during the 2010 race. Alternate: RideWithGPS
Garmin GPS File, Map, and Profile: Stage 4 (Furnace Creek to Shoshone), as captured by a Garmin 310xt while the race director was driving the course during in June 2011. Alternate: RideWithGPS
Garmin GPS File, Map, and Profile: Stage 5 (Shoshone to Baker), as captured by a Garmin 310xt while the race director was driving the course during the 2010 race. Alternate: RideWithGPS
Garmin GPS File, Map, and Profile: Stage 6 (Baker to Kelso), as captured by a Garmin 310xt while the race director was driving the course in September 2010. Alternate: RideWithGPS
Garmin GPS File, Map, and Profile: Stage 7 (Kelso to Almost Amboy), as captured by a Garmin 310xt while the race director was driving the course in September 2010. Alternate: RideWithGPS
Garmin GPS File, Map, and Profile: Stage 8 (Almost Amboy to Twentynine Palms), as captured by a Garmin 310xt while the race director was driving the course in August 2011. Alternate: RideWithGPS
GPX file download of the 508 route
Michael Pyle converted Google Map directions of the Furnace Creek 508 route into a GPX file. Each stage is its own route. This can then be imported into a GPS (like a Garmin). To download the file, right click (PC) or Ctl click (Mac) on the "Go" button to the left. (NOTE: In 2012 we relocated the start line to a diferent hotel, so this file is no longer accurate for the first four miles. Also, that route revision shortened the entire route by 1.1 miles.)
2012 508 Routesheet (Pdf file)
Download the 2012 Furnace Creek 508 Routesheet. (Click here for the .xlsx version. NOTE: This link apparently doesn't work on PCs, but does on Mac's.)
Furnace Creek 508 Route Reconaissance
By Ole Eichhorn, rookie 508 entrant in 2008 on 2x Team Charlotte the Spider
ONLINE MAPS OF THE 508, STAGE BY STAGE
2D maps, elevation profiles, and 3D aerial views of the 508 route, courtesy of Doug Dog Sloan.
This is a very useful resource. Also includes stage-by-stage elevation gain.
GOOGLE MAPS ROUTE OF THE 508 ROUTE
This is great! Jeff Jaguar Martin put together a turn-by-turn version of the map on Google.
GOOGLE EARTH FLY-OVER OF THE 508 ROUTE
Matt, a crew member for 2006 rookie entrant Jason "Wookie" Nemecek, created an entire "fly-over" of the 508 route using Google Earth. It's like flying along over the whole course in a helicopter! (Well, OK, it's like a video game version of such a flight.) It's really fun and gives the proverbial bird's eye view of the race course. Veteran and rookie entrants alike, as well as crews, will benefit from this. Crews could even download the file into a laptop, then bring it in their support vehicle. Then, they would be able to tell their rider exactly what the terrain looks like around the next turn! (Hmmm, maybe that takes a bit of the mystery out of it for first-timers.) Thanks a ton to Matt of Team Wookie for this awesome effort! You can read how it works, and download the file, by clicking the blue botton at left.
The 508 in Ten Minutes
Furnace Creek 508 rookie soloist (and finisher) Rock Rabbit had a camera mounted on the dash of his support vehicle which took a photo every 15 seconds for the duration of his 508 experience. Those quadzillion images have now been turned into a timelapse video of the whole race in this ten-minute YouTube video.
Incredible 2D and 3D tour of the race course by Doug Dog Sloan (2002 edition; some text is out of date)
Time Station Outline
Course Description by Beth Dawson
Detailed Course Description
The Insider's Guide to the 508 by Mike Whale Wilson
"Furnace Creek, the Story...", by Timothy S. Kinkajou Kinkeade, 1997 finisher, and Pat King, with many photos. An outstanding MUST READ account of the route, and the race.