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Everest Challenge 2015: Not Happening as far as I can tell

Update August 28: see details below. EC *is* happening.

I am unable to contact Everest Challenge race organizer Steven Barnes by phone, email, or his apparent Facebook page or AntiGravityCycling blog. I am not the only one asking.

I can find no mention of an Everest Challenge 2015 anywhere on the race signup sites either. As far as I can tell, the Everest Challenge is no more.

Everest Challenge jersey

Everest Challenge 2015: NOT HAPPENING?!!!!

Fall is the most glorious time of year to be in the Eastern Sierra or White Mountains and the Everest Challenge has long been my favorite race. I’ve been training for it this year, having done (almost) seven double centuries.

Alas, it looks like the Everest Challenge for 2015 is not to be.

Well, I hope Steven Barnes is OK, because this is just weird.

Better late than never

Race flyer

Over from the Facebook page 26 Aug:

The EC flyer is still in somebody's INBOX over at USAC...I cannot post it until approved...but I will put up a "draft copy" tomorrow morning if it is not ready to go live by then.

Not quite as superlative as the traditional EC route, to be sure.
But the basics are the same. Two days (9/26-27, 2015) with checkin Friday night. Eastern Sierra and White/Inyo Mountains. 28540" of climbing, with 106 miles and 16440' on Stage 1 and then 128 miles with 12,100' for Stage 2.

With the additional choice to ride less either day and still get credited with finisher status (non-competitive and younger Juniors ONLY), and the usual festivities.
More tomorrow either way.

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