Silver State 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.

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.


Above: Elevation Profile for the Silver State 508

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Route Details and Map Links (Totally Updated 8-29-14)

Overall Map of Route and Garmin file (Shows incorrect first eight miles. Start and Finish Line are now both at Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, NV.)

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

Start Line: 4580'
1) Geiger Summit 6789' (Stage 1)
2) Sand Springs Pass 4644' (Stage 3)
3) Drumm Summit 4600' (Stage 3)
4) Carroll Summit 7214' (Stage 3)
5) Railroad Pass, Shoshone Mountains 6465' (Stage 3)
6) Austin Summit 7484' (Stage 4)
7) Bob Scott Summit 7210' (Stage 4)
8) Hickson Summit 6546' (Stage 4)
Turn-Around in Eureka: 6481' (End of Stage 4; Start of Stage 5)
9) Hickson Summit 6546' (Stage 5 - return)
10) Bob Scott Summit 7210' (Stage 5 - return)
11) Austin Summit 7484' (Stage 5 - return)
12) Railroad Pass, Shoshone Mountains 6465' (Stage 6 - return)
13) Carroll Summit 7214' (Stage 6 - return)
14) Drumm Summit 4600' (Stage 6 - return)
15) Sand Springs Pass 4644' (Stage 6- return)
16) Up Six Mile Canyon to Virginia City, then over Geiger Summit 6789' (Stage 8 - return)
Finish Line: 4580'


Images of the Race Route


Will YOU survive The Silver State 508 across Nevada's Hwy 50?


Above: the first big climb of the race is at mile 9: the Geiger Grade


Above: Looking west at the lower part of the Carroll Summit ascent
on SR 722 during stage three of the Silver State 508.


Above: Sand Mountain on Stage Three and Stage Six


Above: the Shoe Tree on Stage Three and Stage Six


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

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