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Mount Laguna Classic

April 26 2025
Pine Valley, CA
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Distances: 47, 75, 102 miles
Difficulty: Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Limited to: 300 or less Participants

Get ready for an epic and challenging Planet Ultra adventure!

Starting in Pine Valley (East San Diego County), the route is three loops, each climbing Mt. Laguna from a different side, with increasing difficulty and more “interesting” terrain. The first look is counter-clockwise, and the next two return down Sunrise Highway, a non-technical descent with smooth pavement and a descent shoulder.

Loop 1 feels like business as usual. A counter-clock-wise route with nice pavement and reasonable grades. No double digit pitches.

Loop 2 gets a bit tougher and your quads will start reminding you that this is a big day! Ascending Kitchen Creek, you’ll come to a “road closed” gate that you’ll either climb over or limbo under to proceed up the car-free road. The road gets steeper and the pavement narrower as the desert attempts to swallow up and erase all signs of humanity.

Loop 3 might just make you cry. Pine Creek is very steep, and in places unpaved. Most of us mere mortals will, in several places, wind up pushing our bikes instead of riding them (seriously) for short distances. A very steep, narrow, curvy, bumpy descent will turn your knuckles white. On Pine Creek you might find yourself repeating silently, Rule #5 …  And then you’re done, enjoying the scenery, and the last push to the summit where you’ll bask in the glory of completing over 10,000' of climbing on this truly EPIC ride. It’s all downhill from here!

Entry includes a super fun and challenging cycling adventure; chip timing with results posted online; fully stocked checkpoints along the route with a large selection of snacks and drinks; roving SAG support (where possible); per rider donation our charity partner, Life Sports Foundation

Mount Laguna Classic

Early Entry Fee includes: Chip timing, special finisher award, delicious post-ride lunch (including croissant sandwich, chips and fruit*), fully stocked checkpoints along the course and roving SAG where possible. A portion of every basic entry fee goes directly to the Life Sports Foundation.

 
Start Located At: Old Hwy 80 in Pine Valley, CA 91962
 
 
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Entry includes a super fun and challenging cycling adventure; chip timing with overall and age category results posted online; fully stocked checkpoints along the route with a large selection of snacks and drinks; roving SAG support (where possible); per rider donation our charity partner, Life Sports Foundation.

 
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Number of Aid Stations: 4
 
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