The Twenty Mule Team 35, 65, and 100 mile ride (and 15 mile Introductory ride) will be held February 23 in Ridgecrest, California.
Get your entries in now to beat the discount deadline of February 13.
Accommodations: The base camp is located at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds in Ridgecrest, CA. 520 S. Richmond Rd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555. The elevation is approximately 2,500 feet. Motels, restaurants, and grocery stores are available two miles from the fairgrounds. Although the weather is generally nice, you should be ready for cold or wet weather. It is cold at night, near freezing, but can be warm during the day. It can also be windy. Saturday evening or Sunday morning awards breakfast can be purchased for $20.00 per meal . One meal ticket is included with your entry and can be used for either the Saturday dinner or Sunday breakfast. Wonderful Casa Carona is catering again and the food is fabulous. Plenty of water is available at base camp for horses and humans. Bring a hose. You may pay a $10.00 fee paid to ride management to have your camp cleaned up or you should bring tools to clean your camp and stall. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. The fairgrounds does not allow glass containers of alcohol.
Saturday trails: The trail consists of two loops for the 100; one loop for the 65, 35, and 15 mile rides, all beginning and ending at base camp. There are a few long gradual grades, and some rocks and sand. Pads are recommended for rocks which are primarily between Vet Checks 1 and 2 for the 65 and 100-mile rides. The trail will be well marked with plenty of ribbons, chalk and glowbars after dark. The introductory ride will be one 15-mile loop.
Saturday starting time: The ride will start at 6:00 for the 100 mile ride, at 6:30 am for the 65, at 7:30 am for the 35 mile ride and at 12:00 pm for the 15 mile fun ride.
Awards: There will be first place awards for the 35, 65 and 100 mile rides and completion awards for all who complete the ride. A Team Award will be awarded for teams of four who are competing in the same distance. Enter your team when you register for the ride. All rides will have an AERC Best Condition Award. The 35 mile awards will be given out at the Saturday evening dinner and the 65 and 100 mile awards will be given out at the Sunday morning awards breakfast. Awards will not be mailed out and must be picked up at the ride. Fun riders will receive their awards upon completion.
Pre-Ride Vet Check: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, February 22. A pre-ride meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday evening. For riders arriving in the morning, please make arrangements with the ride management.
For more information and an entry form see: