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2017 Entry Fees (Fully supported event):
Until March 25: $120. March 26-May 6: $135. Thereafter, until midnight Thursday before the event, you may make an online reservation using the Register Now link and pay $150 at the door in Palmdale. Please read our registration and cancellation policies. Entry includes post-ride dinner at the 5th Avenue Bistro in the Holiday Inn Palmdale. Soft drinks are included. The restaurant closes at 10pm though; but may stay open until 10:30pm. If you finish past 10:30pm we can’t guarantee dinner.
** 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.
Click the Register Now button to register online and pay by credit card (processing fees apply). You may also use the SignUp button to view the registered rider list. To pay by check, download and mail in this form. Your mail-in form and check must be received no later than May 6th.
Holiday Inn Palmdale, 38630 5th St. West in Palmdale (Palmdale Blvd. exit off the 14 freeway), (661) 947-8055. When you make your reservation let them know you’re with Planet Ultra to get the $109 rate. Discounted rate expires May 1st. The Holiday Inn is nice and clean and the staff is very friendly. They have a heated swimming pool, hot tub, work-out room, on-site restaurant open until 10:00pm for dinner, wireless access and coffee maker in your room. Yes, there are surrounding hotels which are less expensive – but most of them are total dives.
The Holiday Inn is just off Hwy 14 at Palmdale Blvd. Click here for a map.
Friday night from 8-8:30pm and Saturday morning from 4:30-5am – in the Holiday Inn lobby. Please don’t be late. We need to start the ride ON TIME!
Mass start at 5:15am with the goal of reaching Lebec between 7-8am. NO EARLY OR LATER STARTS. We will do a roll call between 5-5:14am. Anyone not present will be listed as DNS or DQ.
18 hours. Course closes at 11:15pm. No exceptions.
Twilight begins 5:13; Twilight ends 20:27. Sunrise is 5:42; Sunset is 19:58.
Lights and Gear Drop:
If there is any chance that you’ll be out past sunset, you MUST have both a headlight and a taillight attached to your bicycle, and you MUST wear a reflective ankle band on both legs. Please do not under-estimate the time you’ll need to complete this event. Come prepared with a very good light and batteries, plus at least one non-blinking taillight and lots of reflective gear. We repeat: BRING LIGHTS. You may drop them at rider check-in and pick them up at the Lebec checkpoint at mile 150. Please carry you lights if you believe you might not make it to Lebec before dark.
Routing and Navigation:
Planet Ultra route sheets include lots of information to help riders navigate. For example, we tell you if a turn is at a stop sign (SS), traffic light (TL) or T-intersection (T-int). We know that riders prefer course markings; however, our National Forest Service permit for this event specifically forbids marking the Heartbreak Hundred route; and the remainder of the double route is brevet-style and won’t be marked. Please understand and take responsibility for navigation. Make it part of your experience.
Route Sheets and GPS Files:
Route sheets are available in excel format to registered riders if requested via email between 2 weeks and 5 days before the event. We can’t guarantee that advance route sheets will be 100% accurate. Though not anticipated, last-minute routing changes may be required.
You may also download a map and GPS file from RideWithGPS.com. Please note that advance route sheets and gps files are provided as a courtesy and you use them at your own risk. Planet Ultra doesn’t guarantee accuracy. Please further note the following very important caveats:
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.
Personal SAG Vehicles:
Not allowed when the event is part of the CTC Stage Race! Otherwise, riders may have private SAG beginning at mile 150 until the end. Private SAG may provide leapfrog support only. Absolutely NO FOLLOWING. If your personal SAG is on the course before mile 150, you will be disqualified from the event without warning. The definition of personal SAG is any vehicle (motor or otherwise), anywhere on the route, operated by someone other than Planet Ultra staff, that is providing any type of aid, assistance, or motivation to any rider, or taking photographs, or simply out cheering. If you’re bringing someone with you who wants to be out on the course before mile 150, please have them contact us and join our volunteer staff.
We always need volunteers! Click here for info about available positions.