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Best Hell-on-Two-Wheels Bike Race 

Mount Diablo Challenge

Now strictly a bike race, the 10.8-mile Mount Diablo Challenge started out with a much more whimsical premise: Athletes had the choice to ride this course or run a heartbreakingly steep 5.5-mile route straight up the 3,849-foot mountain. In 2000, only four runners and an equal number of bike riders finished, with the first-place bike rider edging out the first-place runner by only a minute or two. Last year, 888 riders made it to the top of the Devil's mountain, including an 80-year-old (one of the four men and two women in the 70-99 age class), a 9-year-old, twelve riders on six tandems, and three intrepid fellows on unicycles. Last year's winning time was 43:33; if you want to try beating the Devil's course this year, look for the tires and brimstone on Sunday, October 4. Registration is $50.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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