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Heartbreak Hundred

Heartbreak Hundred

May 27 2023
Lebec, California, USA
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Distances: 100 miles, 8,800 feet
Difficulty: Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Limited to: 500 or less Participants

The Heartbreak Hundred is a beautiful and difficult century. It is held on the same day as the Heartbreak Double Century. The ride, which only has five turns, winds through high desert and alpine forest landscapes, passing through Los Padres National Forest and Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.

The first ascent leads from Lebec to Frazier Park, followed by climbs to Mount Pinos and Apache Saddle. Then an awesome descent winds down a ridge dividing the huge Central Valley on the right and the Cuyama and Lockwood Valleys on the left.

A left turn on Highway 166 and another left turn on Highway 33 lead to Ventucopa. The route then continues through Cuyama Valley and starts climbing up Lockwood Valley, crossing the infamous «Heartbreak Hill». Eventually the course leads back to Frazier Park and down to Lebec.

99 miles with 8,500 feet of elevation gain!

Heartbreak Hundred

Leaving the start line the climbing begins gently and then continues up and up towards 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.

After reaching the first checkpoint at Apache Saddle, prepare yourself for one of the most rewarding descents in all of Southern California. You’ll roll and then descend for 20 miles along the ridge that divides the Lockwood Valley on your left from the huge Central Valley on your right. Watch for wildlife as you pass 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 your second checkpoint at “Santa Barbara Pistachio Co” in Ventucopa. Leaving “Santa Barbara Pistachio Co” you’ll follow the beautiful Cuyama Valley and Cuyama River to a left turn at Lockwood Valley Road. As you enter Lockwood Valley you’ll encounter a gradual climb that just keeps getting steeper. As you reach the infamous Heartbreak Hill in the afternoon sun you’ll understand how the climb got that name.

Leaving Heartbreak Hill, you’ll descend and climb your way to Frazier Park and eventually return to the start/finish in Lebec. This 100 mile event has just shy of 8,500′ of total elevation gain.

Start Located At: 612 Wainwright Ct, Lebec, CA 93243
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Entry includes 4 aid stations along the route; electronic chip timing with results posted online; post-ride snacks and drinks; event souvenir.

Everyone who completes Heartbreak after completing Mulholland Challenge and Breathless Agony receives the King of the Mountains Century Challenge finisher award and may order the KOM finisher jersey.

Prize / Race Categories

Prizes for the King of the Mountains Century Challenge will be awarded at the Heartbreak event.

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Course Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry