Trip Report
"The Link-Up" Tioga Pass + Sonora Pass Loop - aka Mission Mobil to Mobil
Sunday May 18, 2014 10:20pm
Thought I'd go ahead and pass this biking adventure along from my FB blog:

Credit: Ryan Tetz

After taking this photo during the "winter" season, I'd been chomping at the bit for months for the passes to open like a gun on the starting line! Time to step to the line and put the mind to the test before it gets any hotter!
"February?"
"February?"
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Thursday... I took less photos as the day grew longer... "The Link-Up" Tioga Pass + Sonora Pass Loop - aka Mission Mobil to Mobil - 211 miles, 21,794 ft. elevation climbing, 20 hours even. My idea of seeing a tough day through. Twice Trans-Sierra via the 2 highest passes by my own power from the valley lows to the top and down again for my first double century ride. I am so done!

My body wants to fire my brain. From finger numbing cold in the dawn hours in Yosemite to boiling heat at elevation 800 heading down from Groveland.This is the hardest thing I could think of and a final confidence check before 24 hour racing next month.

After the first 150 miles, with 34 miles of climbing on Sonora Pass to go, 1 remaining hour of daylight, 2 hours maybe remaining on my headlamp, and the both most technical descent/steep climbing of the day ahead of me, I was near the point of despair of letting all go! Find the nearest open door or possibly endure a long dark night at 10,000 feet hitch hiking/huddled over a survival fire?

While deeply contemplating all and winding along up the base of Sonora pass (Is there a base? Hah that's pretty funny!? I've already been chugging for 40 miles from Sonora!) my friend and angel, Shellybell Morriss showed up out of nowhere with no notice unable to contact me, but aware that I was doing the route and passing by the house along Sonora Pass that evening! She came out to check on me, gave me a Gatorade, and the mental psych supporting boost I needed to push on hard one more time through the steepest climbing and descending. The following truck lights kept me safe and everything fully visible for riding. I originally set out to do the ride self supported, but I could not turn this down! We are going to do this baby!

Pushing big gears up the 26% grade at 9000 feet 180 miles deep in at 10 pm is probably the hardest thing I've ever done. What was I thinking? After all this biking this pass alone is hands down the hardest one I've done yet to date even if I had been totally rested. (Ryan's brain you are officially fired!) Wow! I suited up for the cold winding descent and Shelly followed me with brights down the steep grade at the fastest speed we could safely navigate (Hey we are doing this yeah!) to 395. I tucked into Aero position and cranked it down the valley to Bridgeport with all I had left for 211 miles.

Originally I had wanted to finish the loop, but at 1:30 in the morning on 395 with a dieing headlamp and speedy descents to go on the highway I didn't care about 25 more miles. There comes a time when enough is enough! I'm keeping `em in my pocket till next time! I had made my double century, twice Trans-Sierra to valley, and over 21k climbing. Who is ready for 300 miles next month?! Bring it on Four Horsemen of the Solstice and Everest Challenge this year! This Bishop boy is ready for anything! I can't thank Shelly enough for being there for me on a whim at the exact moment! I got your back any day!

Highlights:
1. Having a reason to ride down Old Priest Grade on my bike!
2. Drafting RV's across Yosemite at full speed
3. Starting and finishing the day with the full moon set and moon rise
4. Ice Cream and Coca Cola (seriously this stuff is magic crack for enduro events)
5.Kicking @$$ at 10pm on 26% grade

Doing hard things! Impossible is attractive! PS I didn't shave my legs for this!


Special thanks to my friend Kevin Passmore at UpSki for sewing the custom mini bike frame bag and bottle holders for my racing bike to enable me to self support food and riding clothing without pannier bags or backpacks! I'm not affiliated with DiNotte, but the retina searing Day Time Red light with a 24 hour running battery is the right tool of the trade to keep visible at all times on the highway for this special kind of adventure. (Sorry Shelly had to wear night time sunglasses even with it on the extra lowest setting!)

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Moonset
Moonset
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Ready to start
Ready to start
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Tough one!
Tough one!
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Heading down!
Heading down!
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ahhh there we are!
ahhh there we are!
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Shelly
Shelly
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Back at work!
Back at work!
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Ryan Tetz
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Ryan Tetz is a trad climber from Bishop, CA

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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
  May 18, 2014 - 10:29pm PT
thanks for the inspiration! I think that sort of effort is far in my past...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  May 18, 2014 - 10:31pm PT
No . Freaking . Way .


Congrats!!
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
  May 18, 2014 - 10:39pm PT
Burly! But sounds like an amazing day! Where do you plan on doing a 24hr race/ride?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
  May 18, 2014 - 10:40pm PT
Radical. Really appreciate you posting this here. We have a few crazy bikers here on ST and even we non crazies love seeing the challenges people create for themselves. Cheers, lynnie

PS, Been through all those places as the sag wagon for someone else who loves road biking.
eKat

Trad climber
  May 18, 2014 - 10:41pm PT
HolyMcGuillicutty!

I need the hot tub and some ibuprofen just reading that!

NICE!

TFPU!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  May 18, 2014 - 10:52pm PT
Really cool! Thank you for posting!
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
  May 18, 2014 - 11:21pm PT
I am uber impressed but the wife says you have Mad Cow Disease!
PeteC

climber
  May 18, 2014 - 11:27pm PT
This is one of the cooler things I've ever seen posted . Strong work! You will crush the Everest Challenge !!!!
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  May 18, 2014 - 11:29pm PT
wow! srsly, just wow!
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  May 18, 2014 - 11:34pm PT
if the world is fallopian
and we are squirming suitors
then i say that you,
man almost made it to
the epi-egg.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
  May 18, 2014 - 11:49pm PT
How's your taint feel? Epic ride, dude!
RP3

Big Wall climber
Twain Harte
  May 19, 2014 - 12:07am PT
Absolutely fantastic.
Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Author's Reply  May 19, 2014 - 07:07am PT
Oh I've been a good bit sore go figure! I actually tried sitting on an ice pack the first day for a few minutes. I really just had to eat and sleep and hydrate that day. Three days off now and I'm feeling back enough to probably do a mellow ride around town this afternoon. It was definitely a depletion day!
Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Author's Reply  May 19, 2014 - 09:05am PT
June 21 in Bishop is the big event. It's never been done before, but I'm local riding hills here frequently and I figure I should at least go out hard and do my best. I haven't failed on something big in a while so even that experience wouldn't hurt to find out where impossible is actually at. I'm partly half hoping they cancel the event, but I'm on the list oh my.. This sweet ride this week did give me the confidence that I really can keep going hard at it. I had a little more left still. I'll need to climb about 10k more vert and 80 more miles under the 24 hour time limit.

Steven Barnes is ambitiously attempting to make the hardest one day US cycling event: "Four Horsemen 2014 Course is almost final: 274 or 292 miles, depending on that one stretch of strade bianchi...and over 30,000' of climbing, depending on exact course length and GPS confirmation. Yes, the short version is well over 30,000'. The longer version is more like 32,000'." It starts and finishes in Bishop. I don't know if this will be a one time thing or what, but if I can finish, it will be one of the all time personal challenges I've taken. I'll let you guys know another trip report!
clinker

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
  May 19, 2014 - 08:59am PT
duuude!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
  May 19, 2014 - 09:23am PT
Holy crap! What a proud ride!!!!

My butt hurts just reading about it!!!!!

TFPU Ryan!!!
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
  May 19, 2014 - 09:28am PT
Awesome!!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
  May 19, 2014 - 09:42am PT
My butt hurts just reading about it!!!!!

And my back, shoulders, neck, legs cramped, hands fell asleep, etc., etc.

Kudos to you, but 274+ miles in a push sounds truly horrible.
MisterE

climber
Bishop, CA
  May 19, 2014 - 10:07am PT
Nice, Ryan! You are an animal!

How did the custom frame bag work out?

See you Wednesday!
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  May 19, 2014 - 12:11pm PT
Takes a specific kind of character profile to pull off something this heinous. I think this smile says it all, man!


"Ryan's not here anymore..."

SO SO AWESOME!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  May 19, 2014 - 12:17pm PT
How's your taint feel?

Jebus for the win.
Heyzeus

climber
Hollywood,Ca
  May 19, 2014 - 12:30pm PT
RAD!!!!!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  May 19, 2014 - 01:15pm PT
that's cool
willm

Social climber
Oakland
  May 19, 2014 - 06:02pm PT
How do you like the Roll Recovery massager thingy?
noriko nakagawa

Trad climber
the bubble, co
  May 19, 2014 - 06:43pm PT
Nice work Ryan! See you soon in B-town.

-Michelle
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
  May 19, 2014 - 08:53pm PT
Good things happen after big days in the saddle..
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  May 19, 2014 - 10:47pm PT
GREAT!!!
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
  May 20, 2014 - 12:34am PT
http://windinmyface.com/events-FourHorsemen.html
The full Race Rules, including detailed Route Directions and Time Schedule, will be available at the Start Location on Friday, June 20, 2014
up (old) Sherwin Grade to Rock creek Lake would thin out the pack a bit
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
  May 20, 2014 - 02:32am PT
Super sick ( in a good way)
Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Author's Reply  May 20, 2014 - 01:15pm PT
Thanks for the stoke guys!

BIATCH, I'm pretty sure you hit the nail on the head as far as possible routes go.

The Roll Recovery things. . I'm actually pretty happy with it. My buddy convinced me to get it instead of the arm aid for working on sore fore arms-elbow knots. It works great for self massaging legs after biking or running. I'd say this and a foam roller to really work on IT bands works pretty good!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
  May 20, 2014 - 01:50pm PT


Yowza!..............(-;
W.L.

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
  May 20, 2014 - 02:36pm PT
awesome!!!! burl dawg bicycling! yeah!
sullly

Gym climber
  May 20, 2014 - 10:27pm PT
Congrats Mr. Easy-on-the-eyes.
dougvo

climber
CA
  May 27, 2014 - 03:03pm PT
Congrats! That is pretty bad ass...and inspirational for my lackluster lazy ass of late. Cheers!
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  May 27, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
That is Gnarly with a capital G. Actually with a capital everything. GNARLY.
Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Author's Reply  Jun 25, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
Part II - I made it!
PellucidWombat

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
  Jul 3, 2014 - 10:25am PT
Thanks for the great trip report! As I am recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, I am finding my way back to cycling again, and have been devising some of my own ambitious cycling goals to get me out there.

I was thinking of doing Tioga Pass E & both sides of Sonora Pass this summer - although not linked up as you have done! Thanks for helping the stoke :-)
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