Event Date:May 20, 2017

Heartbreak Hundred

King of the Mountains Century Challenge – Stage 3!

Southern California’s best-kept secret! Enjoy the incredible scenery in Los Padres National Forest.
No traffic lights and only 4 stop signs! 100 miles with 8,800′ of climbing! Chip-Timed!

Click here for 2016 Heartbreak results. Click here to see the incredible photos taken by Victory Jon of Highway Photos.

Click here for 2016 King of the Mountains Century Challenge results.

Click here for results from prior years.

General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read!

2016 Entry Fees:
Until March 26 – $90.  March 27 – May 7 at 5pm – $95. Thereafter, until midnight Thursday before the event, you may make an online reservation using the Register Now button and pay $100 at the door. Please read our registration and cancellation policies.
** 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.  At the event, the volunteer you bring gets a voucher to use at a future single day event. The voucher is an entry for only $25; not a $25 discount. If the volunteer is a non-rider then YOU can have the voucher. So you get two nice deals: An instant discount for promising to bring a volunteer, and a $25 entry fee for your next event.

OneStopRaceRegisterNow Standard registration is now closed, but you may make a last-minute reservation by clicking the Register Now button and bringing your confirmation email and cash entry to check-in.

Start/Finish Hotel:
Holiday Inn Express, 612 Wainright Court in Lebec. (661) 248-1600. For 2015 the Planet Ultra group rate is $89 per night. You must make your reservation by May 9th to get these special rates; but please note there is another event in town this weekend – and the rooms will SELL OUT EARLY. DO NOT WAIT. Be sure and tell them you’re with Planet Ultra or click here to reserve online. There’s a Motel 6 just down the road, but we don’t have a group rate there this time.

I-5 to Frazier Mountain Park Road exit. Turn right on Lebec Rd and then right on Wainright. Click here for a map.

Rider check-in will be Friday night from 8pm to 8:30pm and Saturday morning from 6am-7:30am

Chip-Timed Event:
This is not a race, but it is a timed event. You must attach your timing chip to your stem (click here to see how), wear your bib number on your back, and you ride under the start/finish arch when you start and when you finish.  If you don’t attach your chip correctly,  or do not pass under the start/finish, you will be listed as DNF in the results. Please don’t email us after the event to change your results if you failed to follow these rules.

Start Times:
Century riders may start between 7am and 8am. Please choose your start time based on your expected finishing time. If you leave too early, you won’t receive a start time, as our timing equipment will not be activated before 7am.The finish line opens at 12:45pm – so plan accordingly. Here are the guidelines:

  • 9-10 hours: Please start between 7am and 7:15am
  • 8-9 hours: Please start between 7:15am and 7:30am
  • 6-8 hours: Please start between 7:30am and 7:45am
  • Under 6: Mass start at 8:00am

Time Limit:

10 hours. All century riders must be off the course by 5pm to receive KOM credit and to be listed as an official finisher.

Course Records:

Men – 4:34:08, Neil Shirley, 37, Newhall, CA (2015)
Men 50+ – 4:51:37, Malcolm Hill, 55, Corona Del Mar, CA
Men 60+ – 5:30:11, Glenn Town, 61, Santa Barbara, CA
Men 70+ – 6:35:56, Rex Farnsworth, 70, Redondo Beach, CA
Women – 5:26:43, Jennie Phillips, 49, Danville, CA
Women 50+ – 5:43:21, Heidi Christensen, 54, Newbury Park, CA
Women 60+ – 6:53:00, Shari Nichols, 60, Valencia, CA
Tandem – 5:19:00, Deya Guerrero, Alex Estrada
Average Time – 7:14:00

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 it. 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 two weeks and five days before the event. We cannot 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 does not guarantee accuracy. Please further note the following very important caveats:

  1. The ROUTE SHEET is gospel. Whenever the route sheet and the GPS unit disagree, the route sheet is correct.
  2. A GPS can (and will) route a rider over a cliff. There’s really no substitute for the human brain, so please use yours.
  3. Never depend solely on a GPS. Bring your route sheet, and know how to follow it.
  4. GPS batteries on many “bicycle” GPS units may not last for a century. Make sure you’ve arranged for additional power.
  5. Click here to view the Heartbreak map. You can also download a GPS file from this page.

Personal SAG Vehicles: 
Not allowed! If you bring one, you’ll be disqualified from the event without a warning. The definition of a 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, or taking photographs, or simply out cheering. Please understand that our permits simply don’t allow dozens of extra vehicles on the roads or at the checkpoint locations. Imagine the traffic from all those cars! If you’re bringing someone with you who wants to be out on the course, please have them contact us and join our volunteer staff.

Ride Description:
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.

We always need volunteers! Click here for info about available positions. To provide a little incentive, when you help at a Planet Ultra event, you get a coupon for a $25 entry fee that you may use at another single-day event.  Please contact us to let us know when and where you’d like to help. We also appreciate when riders recruit family and friends to help. If you recruit someone that wouldn’t use the coupon, you’re welcome to use it yourself. Ride credits must be used within a year of the date of volunteering and must be redeemed using the mail-in entry form during the early registration period.