Stabilisers off – it’s time to ride the Silver State 508!
If you’re looking for the ‘Toughest 48 hours in Sport’ (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?!), grab your bike, maybe an energy gel or three, head to Reno, and blitz the gruelling two-day Silver State 508.
Now you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that it’s called the 508 because that's the number of miles (that’s right… miles) you will cover on two wheels in 48 hours. Better make that four energy gels… and a big tub of chamois cream....
Founded by ‘the Godfather of Ultracycling’ John Marino in 1983, this is the holy grail of endurance rides - now in its 36th year!
Why race the Silver State 508?
The sense of achievement you feel when crossing the finish line, having smashed 508 miles, is (not speaking from experience mind you…) LEGENDARY. Especially if it means you have secured yourself a place in the iconic Race Across America (the 508 is an official RAAM qualifier).
The fact that it takes place along Highway 50 (aka, ‘the loneliest highway in America’) guarantees clear roads, epic mountain climbs and desolate desert scenery, which should all help take your mind off those screaming quads.
Of course, the race starts and ends in Reno – the Biggest Little City in the World. One hell of a place to party, although consider doing the late-night bar crawl and Irish Car Bombs after the race – 508 miles is tough enough without a Jello shot-induced hangover to contend with.
In Short(s, preferably padded ones)
- Cycle 508 miles in 48 hours along the ‘the loneliest highway in America’
- An official Race Across America (RAAM) Qualifier
- Party away the inevitable aches and pains in Reno