2021 Bike and Beers Series - The Most Fun on Two Wheels!

Heartbreak Double Century

Heartbreak Double Century

May 29 2021
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.

The Century is the middle 100 of the double and is Stage 3 of the King of the Mountains Century Challenge.

Heartbreak Hundred and Double Century

Routes: 202 miles, 15,500 feet
Difficulty of Greatest Route: F - Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
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.

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: 612 Wainright Court, Lebec
My Rides
Add to My Rides
Rate Event
Rate This Event
Other Links
Alert Us
Let us know if you notice any errors or omissions with any of the details above.

Tag: californiatriplecrown
Jan 07 2015 - NEWS: 2015 California Triple Crown Series Confirmed
Sep 08 2018 - EVENT: White Mountain Double Century
Nov 18 2018 - EVENT: Las Vegas Double Century
Jun 20 2020 - EVENT: Terrible Two Double Century
Sep 26 2020 - EVENT: Knoxville Fall Classic Double Century
Oct 17 2020 - EVENT: Solvang Spring Double
Feb 13 2021 - EVENT: Camino Real Double Century
Mar 13 2021 - EVENT: Joshua Tree Double
Apr 10 2021 - EVENT: Mulholland Double
Apr 24 2021 - EVENT: Devil Mountain Double Century
May 01 2021 - EVENT: Borrego Double Century
May 08 2021 - EVENT: Central Coast Double Century
May 15 2021 - EVENT: Davis Double Century
May 29 2021 - EVENT: Heartbreak Double Century
Jun 05 2021 - EVENT: Eastern Sierra Double Century
Jun 12 2021 - EVENT: Tour of Two Forests Double Century
Tag: planetultra
Apr 30 2014 - NEWS: Zion Gran Fondo Results
Nov 21 2013 - NEWS: Mulholland Double & Century Registration Opens
Apr 30 2014 - RESULTS: Zion Gran Fondo
Oct 17 2020 - EVENT: Solvang Spring Double
Oct 17 2020 - EVENT: Solvangs Finest Century
Feb 13 2021 - EVENT: Camino Real Double Century
Apr 03 2021 - EVENT: Granfondo Las Vegas
Apr 10 2021 - EVENT: Mulholland Double
Apr 10 2021 - EVENT: Mulholland Challenge
May 15 2021 - EVENT: Volcano Fire Road 120K
May 29 2021 - EVENT: Heartbreak Double Century
Aug 15 2021 - EVENT: Cedar City Fire Road 100
Aug 27 2021 - EVENT: Hoodoo 500
Sep 12 2021 - EVENT: Tour of Southern Utah
Oct 09 2021 - EVENT: Tri States Gran Fondo
Oct 16 2021 - EVENT: Solvang Autumn Double
Nov 20 2021 - EVENT: Death Valley Century