Salton Sea Derby 300k02-11-2023 06:00None Registered

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Christmas Circle Community Park
700 Christmas Cir
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

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This 300k gives riders a chance to circumnavigate the Salton Sea. As the title suggests, it is designed to be fast with only 3,000 feet of total elevation gain and just a handful of traffic lights in Westmoreland, Cochella and Salton City. From the start to Westmoreland, you are on the RAAM route. The flat desert landscape is dotted with ocotillos, cacti and sand, endless miles of sand. Turning left, you'll ride north along the eastern shore of the sea to Coachella, where you'll turn south back to Salton City. Around the sea, you'll be below sea level for the most part. As every rose has its thorns, the 15 mile stretch on the Borrego-Salton Sea Way from Salton City will be a climb on broken road surfaces and strong headwinds. Expect some free dermabrasion treatment as well if the wind kicks up sand. Before sunrise and after sunset, the desert in February will be chilly. Daytime temperature will be nice and cool. But in this era of climate unpredicability, I may be completely wrong in my forecast.

2 roads leading to Borrego Springs from San Diego are long and twisting (Banner Grade and Montezuma Valley Rd - aka Glass Elevator). From Escondido to Christmas Circle, Google Maps estimates about 1 hour 30 minutes travel time. Should you plan to stay in Borrego Springs before and/or after the brevet, please book early as it is a popular distination for northern snowbirds looking to escape the winter freeze. If you like to stay at an offbeat place, there is the Deserts Sands Vintage RV Park at 277 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 ( where you can rent out various old school camper trailers at a reasonable price (Don't mention you're part of a randonneuring event: in a prior non-San Diego organized brevet back in 2019, the organizer inadvertantly pissed off the manager). If you have a penchant for clothing-optional swimming pools before or after a brevet, there is the Borrego Valley Inn at 405 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 (

I have booked a room for the brevet HQ at the Borrego Springs Motel, 2376 Borrego Springs Rd, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 ( The proprietor is Robin Reynolds. The room rate is $95 + 8% tax per night but she requires all bookings to be for 2 nights minimum. The brevet will end at Borrego Springs Motel just a block and a half north of Christmas Circle.

Here's a list of other motels for your consideration:

If you are joining us for the first time, you will need:

  1. Join RUSA for an annual membership of $30 at
  2. After you receive your 5 digit RUSA number, register with San Diego Randonneurs by clicking on the link Join San Diego Randonneurs
  3. If you have any questions during the sign up process, send a quick note to


You will need to register for this ride in advance. There is no day-of registration. Start/Finish will be staffed. SAG support and staffing at a control along the route will depend on volunteers available for this event.

All riders must follow RUSA rules. Helmet, lights and reflective gear are a must (lights and reflective gear must be worn between dusk to dawn). Riders must follow all local traffic laws and regulations.

Although bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists and are subject to the same rules and regulations, it is crucial that bicyclists pay attention to traffic signs and signals and follow all rules to reduce the risk of collisions, while on the road. Refer to the California Driver Handbook to become familiar with these rules. This excerpt is found at the DMV website for Sharing the Road (FFDL37) and can be read here.

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