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Heartbreak Double Century

Heartbreak Hundred and Double Century

May 20 2017
Lebec, California, USA
 

One of the Toughest Double Centuries in California!

202 miles with 15,500′ of elevation gain! Enjoy the roads less traveled in the Los Padres National Forest!

The Heartbreak Double Century has about 15,500′ of elevation gain. This spectacular course showcases some of the most quiet, beautiful, dramatic, and unknown regions of California. There is essentially no traffic and the route explores an area that most of the participants will never otherwise visit. There is less than one “junk mile” on the entire course. Veteran riders can attest to all of this, while rookies will take away that sentiment after completing this challenging and rewarding cycling adventure.

The early morning air in the high desert can be cold, but as you leave Palmdale and enter the Angeles National Forest, you’ll warm up quickly. The first section of the course to Three Points is fast with a few humps and a few good descents. En route you will pass the towns of Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake while most are still sleeping. Leaving Three Points, you’ll climb some more while cutting over to Highway 138 on Pine Canyon Rd and Ridge Route. The wind here generally blows from the west, and it’s not uncommon to have a headwind on the way to Gorman and Lebec. Your first checkpoint is at mile 50 at the Heartbreak Hunded start in Lebec.

The next 20 miles are mostly uphill, though there are some very nice descents along the way. As you climb toward the summit of Mt. Pinos, take time to look around; the scenery here is truly beautiful, as the high desert gives way to alpine forests and gently sloping mountain meadows. Look to your left at Lake of the Woods and see the road you will be descending later in the afternoon, then look ahead at the road that will take you higher into the mountains. Deep in the mountains you will Apache Saddle, your next checkpoint. As you refill and refuel, contemplate the fact that you have already accumulated about half of the 15,500′ of climbing that you’ll conquer this day.

Leaving Apache Saddle, prepare yourself for one of the most rewarding stretches of road in all of Southern California. You will primarily descend for 20 miles along the ridgeline that divides the Lockwood Valley on your left from the huge Central Valley on your right. Look around for wildlife as you ride through the Los Padres National Forest and the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The descent continues at Highway 166. A left here and another onto Highway 33, and then you’ll be a few miles from checkpoint three at “Santa Barbara Pistachio Company” in “downtown” Ventucopa.

Leaving Ventucopa, you will follow the beautiful Cuyama Valley and Cuyama River to a left turn at Lockwood Valley Road. Rookie or veteran, you are in for a treat. As you enter Lockwood Valley you will encounter a gradual climb that just keeps getting steeper. As you reach the infamous Heartbreak Hill in the hot afternoon sun you will learn why it got that name. Checkpoint four is just beyond the “heartbreak” summit.

Leaving Heartbreak Hill, you’ll descend and climb your way to Frazier Park and your final checkpoint at the Holiday Inn Express. Leaving Lebec and Gorman, there is a short climb to the overview of Quail Lake and the California Aqueduct. As you descend to Quail Lake you should be greeted by a “world class” tailwind that has been known to blow riders all the way to the turn onto Ridge Route and then across on Pine Canyon to Three Points. Leaving Three Points there are two noticeable climbs as you otherwise descend towards the finish line in Palmdale.

Heartbreak Double Century

 

 
Routes: 100, 200 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: F - Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

Century riders may start between 7am and 8am. Please choose your start time based on your expected finishing time. If you leave too early, you won’t receive a start time, as our timing equipment will not be activated before 7am. The finish line opens at 12:45pm – so plan accordingly. Here are the guidelines:

9-10 hours: Please start between 7am and 7:15am
8-9 hours: Please start between 7:15am and 7:30am
6-8 hours: Please start between 7:30am and 7:45am
Under 6: Mass start at 8:00am

Costs

Century: Earlybird entry until March 25 – $95.  Standard entry: March 26 – May 6 at 5pm – $100. Late Entry: May 7-May 16 – $110. Thereafter, $120 at the door.

Double Century: Until March 25: $120.  March 26-May 6: $135. Thereafter, until midnight Thursday before the event, you may make an online reservation and pay $150 at the door in Palmdale.

What's Included?

Chip timing, fully stocked aid stations along the route and roving SAG support, finisher award. Post event lunch and awards ceremony for the King of the Mountains Century Challenge.

Packet Pickups

Century details here: http://planetultra.com/portfolio/heartbreak-hundred/

Double century details here: http://planetultra.com/portfolio/heartbreak-double-century/

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Downloadable GPS files
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
 
Start Address: 612 Wainright Court, Lebec
 
 
 
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