What's a shelmet, you might ask?
Good picture of a shellmet. It's less about the helmet and more the look of painful angst on his face. But yes, he's wearing a shelmet.
Back to the Backbone, it's not my picture, not taken at the Devils Backbone, not even directly related, but we're talking this kind of steepness:
Anyway, the preride is March 7th and the race is March 28th.
register: bikereg.com - which, interestingly, appears to have had a major hardware outage over the weekend and is currently down.
Anyway, come test your mettle on the good stuff.