Complete all three of the toughest Southern California Spring Centuries:
Mulholland Challenge, Breathless Agony and Heartbreak Hundred
to earn the right to wear the coveted King of the Mountains jersey!
*All three rides must be completed in the same calendar year!
Our awesome 2013 KOM jersey.
(Available for purchase by all King of the Mountains Century Challenge Official Finishers)
Click here for 2013 King of the Mountains Century Challenge AGE GROUP-GENDER RESULTS.
Click here for 2013 King of the Mountains Century Challenge OVERALL RESULTS.
How The King of the Mountains Century Challenge Works
It’s simple, really. Riders will register for each of the three qualifying events individually. There’s no separate sign-up or anything special riders must do to have their finishing times count toward the King of the Mountains Century Challenge. We’ll take care of that. To be honored with the title “King of the Mountains Official Finisher,” and to earn the right to wear the coveted finisher jersey, a rider must complete each event by showing up for the ride, following the rules of each ride, pedaling every mile without deviation, and making sure their times are recorded at any required checkpoints and the finish lines. Easy, right?
Which Rides Count in 2013
Mulholland Challenge: Ride up, over, and along mountain peaks and ridges, and through a multitude of canyons and country sides in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s pretty much up or down all day, with very few “flat” sections. These roads are where Lance did a lot of training for number seven, and you’ll see why. Starting in Agoura Hills, you head over to the coast in Malibu via Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon. Then you’ll tackle the first big climbs of the day, Topanga and Old Topanga Canyons. After these classic climbs you’ll continue north on Mulholland with a few miles of rollers before the climb up from the famous Rock Store on miles of fresh, silky smooth asphalt. You’ll love the curves on Mulholland all the way to the coast of Malibu. Enjoy a short ride along the coast before you head up Yerba Buena and Cotharin before a fast and curvy descent with breathtaking views down Deer Creek to the coast. Enjoy the couple of rolling miles down the coast back to Decker Canyon Road, as they are your last flat miles before the finish. You’ll climb the super steep Decker back to Mulholland, and then enjoy the rolling hills until you reach last long climb of the day – Stunt Road. After a gruelling four mile climb, you’re rewarded with terrific ocean breezes and views at the last checkpoint. But it’s not all downhill from there! A tough one mile climb up Piuma and the last steep pitch on Cold Canyon will challenge you to the end!
Total distance is 120 miles with 13,900+ feet of climbing. (While there is a 90 mile and 60 mile option on the Mulholland Challenge, you MUST complete the full 120 to receive credit for the King of the Mountains Challenge!)
Breathless Agony: Hosted by Kahler Cycling Academy, this classic ride climbs to the top of Onyx Summit the hard way! Starting in Redlands, riders warm up for awhile before climbing up the “not maintained” Jackrabbit Trail. The climbing is endless, and breathless, from there! The steepest climbing of the day, Oak Glenn is next. On the way up, you’ll wind your way through apple orchards on roads featured in the Redlands Stage Race. You’ll get a well earned, but brief, respite on the way down to the base of the mountain. Then the climbing continues. Up from the ranger station to Angeles Oaks, and onward to Onyx Summit is probably the longest continuous climb in Southern California. Thirty miles of climbing interrupted by only a few little rollers at Barton Flats after Angeles Oaks. The clock stops at mile 75 when you breathlessly reach Onyx Summit at 8,435 feet. So stay awhile and enjoy the party before you enjoy the 42 mile descent back to Redlands.
Riders must complete the four pass option which is 114 miles with 12,000 feet of climbing. Click here for the Breathless Agony website and registration information. Please note that Breathless Agony sells out early – so don’t wait to sign up.
Heartbreak Hundred*: Come discover a hundred miles of lightly traveled roads close to home you probably didn’t know existed. The start in Lebec is just off the 5 freeway north of Los Angeles, at the base of the Grapevine. This ride starts UP! Leaving Lebec, you’ll begin a gentle climb towards Frazier Park which pitches up as you head to Apache Saddle through lush green forests. After the summit, you’re treated to one of the finest descents in all of California, down a recently repaved road with gorgeous views of the valleys on both sides. You then ride to Ventucopa where lunch awaits. After lunch, you’ll meander up the valley for a while before making the turn up Lockwood Valley Road and towards this ride’s namesake, the infamous Heartbreak climb. Be forewarned, however: The Heartbreak checkpoint is at a false summit! You have plenty of miles of climbing left before the awesome long descent back to Lebec. A great course with only five turns!
Total distance is 100 miles with 8,000 feet of climbing.
*The Heartbreak Hundred is the middle 100 miles of the Heartbreak Double Century, and is held on the same day. Double riders may earn Grand Slam and Triple Crown credit and also participate in the King of the Mountains Century Challenge by simply checking in and out at Lebec (CP#2 and CP#5 on the double) with the KOM time keeper.
King of the Mountains Century Challenge Stage Race
Just completing all three of these incredibly tough centuries is a feat to be proud of – and we’ll acknowledge everyone who takes the Challenge, fast and not-so-fast. We know and appreciate that many (maybe most) riders participate in cycling events just for the fun of it – to ride new roads, meet new friends, and enjoy the energy that comes with being part of an event. We dig that. But we also know and appreciate that there’s a super competitive spirit out there too. So, for those of you who want to get out there and see if you can kick each other’s butts, each of the three rides are timed, and the results posted in order of total ride time. The three times will be combined for the King of the Mountains Stage Race – and special awards will be given to the top finishers in the following categories: Male, 50+ Male, 60+ Male, Female, 50+ Female, and Tandem. (In order for prizes to be awarded, there must be at least five participants in each category.) Please note that if a 50+ or 60+ person has the fastest overall time, that person, regardless of their age is the overall winner. A younger person in the “open” category cannot win overall if their time is slower than an age grouper. “Overall” means “Overall.” It’s the fastest person, no matter how young or old they are. It doesn’t matter how USA Cycling or USCF handles their results. We’re not technically racing, and we don’t follow the guidelines for either of those organizations.
How Planet Ultra King of the Mountains Official Finishers Are Recognized
At the finish line of the Heartbreak Hundred (the 3rd event in this spectacular series), surrounded by the thronging masses of fans and with great pomp and circumstance, each Planet Ultra King of the Mountains Official Finisher receives a special award. For 2013, we’ll once again happily bestow upon each finisher a fabulous and totally unique pair of King of the Mountain socks to be worn with pride and bragging rights.
We’ll have snazzy, and very exclusive, cycling jerseys, vests and shorts that only Planet Ultra King of the Mountain Official Finishers will be privileged to obtain and wear. Official Finishers may order their gear at the finish line of the Heartbreak Hundred (for delivery, most likely, in early September; depending on how quickly Voler can have them ready) . To honor our female riders, we also offer Queen of the Mountains gear – which has the same design as the King jersey, expect it says Queen, and all of the parts that are red will be pink instead.
Planet Ultra will post the results on our website and publicize them via our e-newsletter. Planet Ultra King of the Mountains Official Finishers have serious bragging rights and we want to be the first to offer congratulations and to spread the word about the riders’ great achievements!
Click here for 2011 results.