Stagecoach 400 – Something New – Something Different – John Ramsden

It’s amazing what you can find cruising the Internet these days. I’m always looking for something new to try and last year while R and R ing in Palm Springs I happened onto a link for the Stagecoach 400. Old school adventure racers like Dave Norona and Bob Faulkner had only word of mouth by which to discover another crazy adventure. Life is so much easier now… until you sign up.

Stagecach poster

The Stagecoach 400 is a 400 mile self-supported bike packing race from Idyllwild, California to San Diego, and back in a big circle. It drops down from the Santa Rosa – San Jacinto Mountains into the Anza Borrego desert. Once through the desert, it climbs through the Viejas Mountains and the Cleveland National forest before descending into San Diego. Once in San Diego, the route heads out onto Coronado Island before a ferry ride back to San Diego’s waterfront. It’s then a cruise up the California coast though La Jolla before heading back into the mountains returning to Idyllwild. The time limit is 5 days… 0600 March 27, 2015 to 0600 March 31, 2015.


What is self-supported? In plain terms… Start with “Pedal the entire route, under your own power, using no outside assistance or prearranged support.” Add to that, the vibe of “Do nothing that not everyone else can do.” Sounds simple? Right.

Well, we shall see. Follow me on and see how it goes.


Further information coming later this week about bikes, gear and setup!