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Moab to Arches 100 — RWGPS Link — Permanent Populaire # 3238
105.7 km (65.7 miles) with 4,543 feet of cumulative elevation gain (that is a LOT for a 100K!).
Moab Double Whammy — RWGPS Link — Permanent # 832
202.7 km (125.9 miles) with a whopping 7,610 feet of cumulative elevation gain according to Ride with GPS (6,400 ft according to one on-bike GPS).
200K Introduction (the 100K is similar but does not go into Canyonlands) Moab Utah is ground zero for world famous slick rock mountain biking — so, why not have a classic road bike Permanent here too? Here it is…
Both routes begins and end in Moab, Utah, in southeastern Utah. It climbs through two of my favorite national parks—Arches and Canyonlands, hence the name “Double Whammy!” This Permanent is composed of two out and back routes. It leaves Moab and proceeds to the end of the paved road in Arches National Park. It returns to the entrance of Arches and then starts climbing towards Canyonlands via a new 6.5-mile paved bike path. At the end of this path it continues on a state highway up to the park for a stunning view of the Colorado River. It then returns back to Moab.
The lowest elevation of the ride is 4,038 feet at the start point and climbs to a maximum elevation of 6,200 feet in Canyonlands.
Warning! This route requires self-sufficiency! Once you begin, there are no services directly on the route, other than water and restrooms in a few remote places. Because of this, plan on bringing your own food supplies. Between mile 40 (Arches Visitors Center) and mile 70 (Canyonlands Visitors Center) there is a 2,100 foot climb and no water other than a c-store about 1/8 mile off route, at outbound mile 47 & inbound mile 115 . Three filled water bottles or a large hydration reservoir are recommended for this leg.
Season to Ride This route is available during most months of the year, except during the hot months of June, July and August. I would recommend late February, March and April as good months to go. Also, consider late August (if it is cooler than average), September, October and early November, too. My guess is that there are more crowds (tourists in cars) in the spring compared to the fall season.
Start & Finish Point Shell c-store in Moab at 220 North Main Street.
Brevet Status? This route is also a RUSA-approved brevet which I sometimes sponsor in the spring or fall.
Blog Report Check out John Lee Ellis’ report of his May 2012 ride on this route.