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Solvang Spring Double

Solvang Spring Double

March 17 2018
Solvang, California, USA

A spectacular 200-mile route in Southern California’s most popular and scenic cycling region! This is a double century only. No century option is available! Limited to 550 Riders.

17 hour time limit Please be in shape for this event. If you cannot complete a moderately hilly century within 8 hours, you’ll struggle finishing this ride within the time limit. An “I can do it” attitude is a wonderful plus, but only if you’re already conditioned for this type of challenge.

Start/Finish Host Hotel

Our host hotel is the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott located at 555 McMurray Road in Buellton, 800-638-8882.

Time Limit

Regardless of start time, the course closes at 10:00pm. No exceptions. Riders who fail to make the time cut-off will be listed as Unofficial Finishers.

For more info: http://planetultra.com/portfolio/solvang-double-century/

Solvang Spring Double

Routes: 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

As always, there’s an open start window, from 5-7:30am. Riders will be electronically timed using a RFID chip attached to a number plate which hangs on the handlebars. Riders must attach their number plate to their bike. Any rider who doesn’t receive a chip start will be presumed to have missed the Start Window and will be listed as DQ in the results. Please choose your start time based on your expected elapsed time. Planet Ultra suggests the following start times:

5-6:30am* – Pre-dawn starting window: Riders who require more than 15 hours to complete the course. Please remember that checkpoint opening times are generally based on the first-light start – so if you start super early, be prepared to take care of yourself if you get to the first checkpoint before it opens. This probably means carrying a camelbak. Of course, you’ll also have to carry your lights and wear reflective ankle bands on both legs.

6:30-7am: All riders who require 13-15 hours to complete the double century. Please sleep in a bit more if you can complete the course in under 15 hours!

7-7:30am: Riders who require 10-13 hours to complete the double century.

7:30am: If you plan to complete the course in under 10 hours, you MUST start at 7:30am.

**PLEASE NOTE: Checkpoint opening and closing times are based on the first-light start time of 6:30am. If you’re a fast rider, and you start early, you’ll probably beat us to the first and the second checkpoints. Remember, the pre-dawn start times are meant for those riders who really need the extra time.



Until January 21: $134.  January 22-March 4: $144. Thereafter, until midnight Wednesday before the event, you may make an online reservation using the SignUp button below and pay $150 at the door. Please read our registration and cancellation policies.
** If you’re planning to ride this event and know you can bring along someone to help out, you may email us in advance of signing up and we’ll give you a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 20% off.  By helping at the event, the volunteer you bring earns an entry to a future single day event for only $25.  If the volunteer is a non-rider then YOU can have the entry. So you get two nice deals: An instant discount for promising to bring a volunteer, and a $25 entry fee for your next event.

What's Included?

Entry includes souvenir/collectible glass for everyone who signs up at least two weeks before the ride; and post-ride dinner at Mother Hubbard’s (served from 5-9:30pm) for those who RSVP “yes” for dinner.

Lunch Bag Drop:
Because we know some folks have special dietary needs (or are very particular about what they want), you may bring ONE lunch-sized brown paper bag (like the ones you took to school in 2nd grade; and absolutely no larger) filled with your special foods. Drop the bag off at the start, and we will deliver it to the lunch stop. These bags will be discarded when the lunch stop closes. So please make sure you pick up your bag, or don’t care that you won’t get it back.

Support Provided:
There are five checkpoints along the route. At these checkpoints, riders can expect to find bananas, PB&J sandwiches, granola/fruit/energy bars, Hammer Gel, Sustained Energy and/or Perpetuem, Hammer HEED, Endurolytes, and many other wholesome edibles. Subway sandwiches will be served at the Laguna Lake Golf Club checkpoint in San Luis Obispo.

Packet Pickups

Friday from 7-9pm or Saturday from 4-6:30am at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Please do your best to check in Friday evening, especially if you want an early start time.

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Downloadable GPS files
Feed / Aid Stations
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, 555 McMurray Road in Buellton, Solvang, California
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