Furnace Creek 508 race adds Classic division

Encourages use of technology from 1983 and older

The Furnace Creek 508 is a non-stop 508-mile bicycle race with a total elevation gain of over 35,000 feet, crossing ten mountain passes, and stretches from Santa Clarita (just north of Los Angeles), across the Mojave Desert, through Death Valley, to Twenty Nine Palms. In 2008, it will be held October 4-6 and will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its founding by cycling legend John Marino in 1983.

Solo, two-person relay, and four-person relay divisions are offered with over 200 racers expected to compete, comprising the largest field in the history of the race. Designed as an endurance challenge, no drafting or pack riding is allowed in any division. There is a 48-hour time limit for the solo division and a 46-hour time limit for the relay team division.

To honor its 25th Anniversary, the 2008 Furnace Creek 508 will offer the Classic Rendezvous division. The requirements to enter this division will be to race on technology from 1983 or older.

This new division, endorsed by Classic Rendezvous, a website and email group dedicated to celebrating classic bicycles and history, specifically bicycles with technology from 1983 or older, will be a sub-category of any Furnace Creek 508 division, whether solo, tandem, or 2x / 4x relay. The rules are:

  • The frame and fork must be lugged steel (but built in ANY year, including brand new).
  • No more than six cogs on the rear wheel.
  • 32 or more spokes per wheel.
  • Friction shifting on the down-tube, or bar-end shifters.
  • Toe clips and straps.

The frame and parts don't have to actually be 25 or more years old; just the technology has to be 1983 or older. Style points will be awarded to those whose entire bike, other than the obvious - tyres, cables, chain, brake pads, etc - are from 1983 or older.

For more information, visit http://www.the508.com/divisions/classic.html

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