Introducting the first annual White Mountain Peak MTB Challenge™ — one of the toughest mountain bike rides in the country, from the Bishop valley floor to the summit of 14,252 White Mountain Peak.
My buddy bonked at 13,600' in 2004, so we turned around short of White Mountain Peak, high in the White Mountains of California.
But this year, I’m going to summit White Mountain Peak, riding from the valley floor near Bishop, CA to the summit of 14,252 White Mountain Peak. Is is one of the few high summits in the United States which can be ascended by bicycle or unicycle (I stick to two wheels).
Total climbing is about 16,000 vertical feet, but it’s much harder than on a road-bike on paved roads, due to loose rocks in places, and “washboard” surfaces and extreme altitude. In 2004, my buddy and I climbed nearly 14,000 vertical feet, and we were bushed.