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Breathless Agony


The 2018 edition 22nd Annual Breathless Agony will be April 28, 2018

Registration opens Jan. 8, 2018 @ 8PM

Welcome to the Breathless Agony 2018 in alliance with Kahler Cycling Academy and the Orange County Wheelmen

Grim Reeper

Grim Reeper

OCW in alliance with Kahler Cycling Academy are proud to present the 2018 Breathless Agony Ride.  It is still part of the King of the Mountains (KOM) series.  So don't despair.  We are working closely with Robert and Chuck to maintain the level of excellence you have experienced for many years.

2018 will be the return of The San Bernardino Emergency Communication Services group.  We have been working with this group for many years with our previous event "Ride Around the Bear".  They provided instant status of all riders on course and where the last rider was.   This was invaluable for managing the ride and riders.  There was never a question what was happening on course.  I am currently working to bring them on board to this great ride and provide another level of security and safety to all riders.

Mike Lee, Ride Director
mike.lee@ocwheelmen.org


To Volunteer to help at Breathless Agony please register below:


The 22nd Annual Breathless Agony

This course has 4 routes with different climbing options.

You choose the distance and climbing -- this course has something for everyone:

· 2 Pass Option: 45 Miles with 4,400 Feet of Climbing

· 3 Pass Option: 68 Miles with 7,800 Feet of Climbing

· 4 Pass Option: 107 Miles with 12,000 Feet of Climbing

NOTE: All 4 Pass Finishers are expected to ride their bicycles the 38 miles downhill back to the Start / Finish at Sylvan Park.


· 2 Pass Option: 45 Miles with 4,400 Feet of Climbing

This option heads out of Redlands to some great country roads. You will be treated to Food Stop #1 in Beaumont before the beautiful climb up the second pass to the apple orchards of Oak Glen!! This climb is one of the toughest on the Redlands Bicycle Classic, an event that attracts teams from around the world. You will climb 1,690 Feet in 4.8 Miles for an Average Grade of 6.7%!! There are some pieces that are over 11.4% which will leave you Breathless for sure so bring your climbing gears!! The reward is an incredible 7 mile downhill to Food Stop #2 at the Mill Creek Ranger Station followed by another 7.8 mile downhill back to the park!!

· 3 Pass Option: 68 Miles with 7,800 Feet of Climbing

After completing the 2 Pass Option, fuel up at Food Stop #2 at the Mill Creek Ranger Station and then for some more challenge and beauty, climb up towards Onyx Summit to Angelus Oaks where there will be a Food Stop #3 waiting for you!! And don’t forget about the well deserved, long, smooth, and fast 18 miles of pure downhill!!

· 4 Pass Option: 107 Miles with 12,000 Feet of Climbing

After fueling up at Food Stop #3 in Angelus Oaks, continue up and up until you get to Onyx Summit, 8,443 Feet Above Sea Level. The clock stops at the top of the mountain in the Breathless Agony ... just like in a Mountain Stage in the Tour de France. It will be a great party with the Grim Reaper at Onyx Summit at 8,443 Feet. All 4 Pass Finishers will also receive a well deserved medal at the top. However, the riding doesn’t finish at the top: since the clock has stopped, you can take your time enjoying a fantastic and well deserved 38 mile downhill back to the Start / Finish at Sylvan Park in Redlands where you’ll have another party including a Burrito Fiesta Lunch all of which is included in the ride fee. Since this ride is comparable in difficulty to the Markleeville Death Ride, this is a Major Adventure for Supermen and Superwomen only!! NOTE: All 4 Pass Finishers are expected to ride their bicycles the 38 miles downhill back to the Start / Finish at Sylvan Park.


DIRECTIONS: Sylvan Park, Redlands (20)

  • Take the 10 Fwy east to Redlands, exit at University and turn Left.
  • Go over the Railroad tracks.
  • Turn left on the first street (E. Park Ave.) and proceed about 1/4 mile to the Lot C area.
  • Parking lot on the right
  • Overflow parking is located surrounding the park on University.
  • Be sure your vehicle is parked legally

Course Records

The Dan Thomas Memorial Ride
Dan set the Course Record in 2003: 5 Hours 12 Minutes
Tim Eaton set the course record in 2015: 4 Hours 33 Minutes
Athena Countouriotis set the Women's Course record in 2013: 4 Hours 54 Minutes
Joel Sothern set the Men's 50+ Course record in 2012: 4 Hours 39 Minutes
William Anderson set the 60+ Course Record in 2013: 5 Hours 14 Minutes
William Anderson set the 70+ Course Record in 2013: 5 Hours 14 Minutes
Alex Estrada and Deya Guerrero set the Mixed Tandem Course record in 2013: 4 Hours 52 Minutes
Wayne Rosenthal and Randy Scholl set the Men’s Tandem Course record in 2008: 5 Hours 32 Minutes
Joanne Rosenthal and Deby Kellogg set the Women's Tandem Course record in 2009: 7 Hours 33 Minutes
Tom Tily is the oldest cyclist to complete the course at age 78 in 2004: 9 Hours 40 Minutes

 

2016 Pictures

Update 5/23/16 7:40pm  HERE
Update 5/18/16 12:10pm HERE
Update 5/18/16 11:20am  HERE
Update 5/17/16 1:20pm HERE
Update 5/14/16 10:50pm  HERE
Update 5/14/16 6:30am  HERE
Update 5/13/16  HERE 
Update 5/10/16  HERE
Update 5/09/16 7:50am  HERE
Update 5/08/16 10:50pm  HERE