The Central Coast Double Century begins and ends at the City Park in Paso Robles, California.
The initial portion of the route takes you over the Santa Lucia Range to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) via Adelaida, York Mtn. and Santa Rosa Creek Road. Hope you've lubed your 39 x 26. Once on PCH you'll travel through the beautiful hamlets of Cambria, San Simeon, Ragged Point and Gorda as you prep for the next assault of the Santa Lucia's. Nacimiento/Ferguson Road takes you over the ridge, parallel to Mill Creek and the Nacimiento River, to your well-deserved lunch. After lunch you get to experience the best of the Salinas and Lockwood Valley's as you ride through Quinado, Espinosa, and Tule canyons on your relentless trek toward the two lakes of Nacimiento and San Antonio. After the rest stop at the Bradley school, enjoy the latter portions of the route as you gently climb through Hare Canyon, rocket down Indian Valley Road, and roll into the finish along River Road. This ride consist of over 15k feet of climbing over the 210+ mile route, making it one of the most difficult doubles on the Triple Crown schedule.
The CCD consist of three routes. A highland, lowland, and a new Double Metric route. The lowland route is 197.2 miles at 12,600 ft of climbing. The traditional route (highland) is 210 miles and ~15,000 ft of climbing. Both routes are credited toward the Triple Crown Event. However, the highland route (upon completion) is the only ride to be credited with the Stage Race.
The new Double Metric route is 123.4 miles at ~8,299 ft of climbing. The Double Metric Route does not qualify as a Stage Race Route nor a Triple Crown Event ride.
There will be six rest stops, a water stop (more if the day is above normal temperature for this time of year), plus a full lunch stop and sag support. (Elevation Chart coming soon) There will be an after ride meal. Communications around the course will be provided by HAM radio operators. Ride patches will be given to all riders upon check-in at the completion of the ride.
There will be two light drop off points. The first drop off point will be Rest Stop 4 (150 miles), and the second is Rest Stop 5 (179 miles).
There will be no over the counter medications available at the rest stops, you must supply your own.
(See Tour Support Page for details)
This is one of the more difficult double centuries in the California Triple Crown Series. The Central Coast Double should not be your first attempt at riding 200+ miles, due to the nature and extent of the climbs, which become more difficult if it is a very hot day. In contrast if you have completed events such as Climb to Kaiser, Terrible Two, Heartbreak, Devil Mountain or the Markleeville Death Ride (all passes) then this ride can be completed well within the time limit.
The course will officially close at midnight, a cutoff time will be imposed at the Bradley rest stop (Rest stop 5) which is at the 179-mile point, 30 miles from the finish. All riders will be required to have left this rest stop by 9:45 P.M. or you will be sagged in at that time.
There will also be a Highland route cutoff time at the Harden Square rest stop (Rest stop 4) 149.3 miles. All riders must leave there by 6:30 P.M. or will be required to take the Lowland route.
After The Ride
We will provide an after ride meal at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1301 Oak St., Paso Robles, CA.
Upon completion vouchers can be used at the Red Scooter Deli for lunch. The Red Scooter Deli will be open until 4pm and is located across from the City Park (the start location) next to the movie theater. If for some reason you do not make it back by 4pm, dinner will be available at the Plymouth Church 1301 Oak St. starting at 5:30pm. You can either start in the morning with the Double century riders (mass start) or leave the City Park by 6am.
Sorry... No private sag vehicles allowed.