Enjoy an epic challenge with tons of climbing in the incredibly beautiful Santa Monica Mountains.
Ride the world famous Mulholland Highway, and much more. This event is geared toward the adventurous cyclist who loves to climb.
106 miles with about 12,700 feet of climbing! Chip-Timed!
Lots of rides call themselves “the toughest century.” We’ll let you decide!
52 mile, 73 mile and 106 mile options
(But you must do the full 106 mile distance for KOM credit)
ARE YOU READY FOR IT??? TEST YOUR STRENGTH AT OUR MULHOLLAND PRELUDE IN MARCH!
Click here for the 2016 Ride Roster (updated 2/1/16)
Click here for 2015 Mulholland Challenge Results.
Click here for the results from prior years.
2016 Entry Fees:
73 Miles or 106 Miles KOM Distance – Until February 13: $100. February 14-March 26: $110. Thereafter, until midnight Thursday before the event, you may make an online reservation using the Register Now link and pay $120 at the door. Please read our registration and cancellation policies.
52 Miles – Until February 13: $65. February 14-March 26: $70. Thereafter, until midnight Thursday before the event, you may make an online reservation using the Register Now link and pay $80 at the door. Please read our registration and cancellation policies.
Use the Register Now button to register online and pay with a credit card. To pay by check, download and mail in this form. Your mail-in form and check must be received before March 26th. NO DAY OF EVENT REGISTRATION. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Event jerseys may be purchased with online registration. If our pre-order sells out, we’ll do a special re-order after the event.
Start / Finish Location:
Sheraton Hotel located at 30100 Agoura Rd in Agoura Hills, 818-707-1220. For 2016, the Sheraton offers a special Planet Ultra rate of $129 per night, valid until March 15th. When you make your reservation, let them know you’re with Planet Ultra / Mulholland Challenge, or use this link to reserve online.
How to Get There:
From the 101 Freeway north or south: Click here for a map.
If you’re staying at the hotel, by all means, park there! Otherwise please park in the lot of CYDCOR located at 29899 Agoura Road or Touch Commerce at 29903 Agoura Road. These lots are about .1 south of the hotel on the opposite side of the road.
Friday night from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Sheraton, location TBA. Saturday morning from 6:00am to 7:15am. PLEASE, if you live within 30 minutes of the Sheraton, please check-in Friday night. Please be especially quiet in the morning, as there are guests at the hotel who aren’t affiliated with our event, and who will be unhappy being awakened so early in the morning.
This is not a race – it’s a timed event. You must hang your timing chip from your handlebar stem, wear your bib number on your back, and you must check in at the finish. If you fail to properly place your timing chip, or don’t pass under the start/finish, you’ll be listed as DNF in the results. Please don’t email us after the event to change your results if you didn’t follow these instructions.
106 Mile-Full KOM Riders may start between 7 and 8am. Here are some guidelines based on your expected finishing time:
9-10 hours: 7:00am
8-9 hours: 7:00-7:30am
under 8 hours: 8am
73 Mile Riders may start between 7 and 8am.
52 Mile Riders will start together at 8:30am.
If you leave before 7am, you won’t get a start time, as our timing equipment won’t be turned on until 7am. In addition, you may reach a checkpoint before it opens – and you’ll have to sit there and wait for the mandatory sticker. Under no circumstances will stickers be distributed before the checkpoint opening time posted on the route sheet. Please folks, let the riders who need the time get a little head start.
106 Miles – Full KOM Distance: 10 hours – based on the earliest start at 7am. All riders must be off the course by 5pm. No exceptions.
70 Miles: 8 hours.
There are several locations on the course, indicated on the route sheet, where riders will receive a KOM Polka Dot sticker as proof of both completing that section of the course within the time limit and their ability to follow the rules of the event. Stickers are placed on the rider’s number, which must be on the rider’s back, and visible, at all times. At the finish, riders must show their number to prove they finished the entire course. Any rider who fails to receive all stickers required for their distance will be DQ’d. No exceptions.
106 Mile sticker stops will be located on Old Topanga, top of Stunt, Yerba Buena, Deer Creek and Decker.
73 Mile sticker stops will be located on Old Topanga, top of Stunt and Decker aid station
52 Mile riders do not require stickers.
Prior Course Records (based on the 2013 route):
Men – 6:44:03, Nate Whitman, Age 38, 2013
Men 50+ – 6:57:43, Malcolm Hill, Age 55, 2013
Men 60+ – 8:04:05, John Guinn, Age 61, 2013
Men 70+ – 8:40:57, William Anderson, Age 71, 2013
Women – 8:12:55, Heidi Christensen, Age 55, 2013
Women 50+ – 8:12:55, Heidi Christensen, Age 55, 2013
Women 60+ – 10:35:47, Cathy Fritchen, Age 63, 2013
Median Finish Time – 10:06:37, 2013
Routing and Navigation:
Planet Ultra route sheets include lots of information to help riders navigate the course. 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, many of the towns/cities/counties specifically forbid it. Further, your Planet Ultra staff travels to the event destination the day before to make everything happen; so we can’t mark the course in advance. If we have the manpower, we’ll do our best to mark the course (unless it’s forbidden by our permits, otherwise illegal, somewhere that locals would be really upset about it, or the turn is at a place that’s very obvious, like a big green highway sign). Our experience is that riders get lost whether the course is marked or not; and fewer riders get lost when they’re mindful of where they are on the route sheet. Please understand and take responsibility for navigation. If you are particularly navigationally challenged, please get a GPS and download the route!
Personal SAG Vehicles:
Not allowed! If you bring one, you’ll be disqualified from the event without 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.
Note – Route sheets are available in excel format to registered riders if requested via email between 2 weeks and 5 days before the event. However, we can’t guarantee that the route sheet will be 100% accurate. Though not anticipated, last-minute routing changes may be required. Links to the RideWithGPS.com maps and download files are below.
This epic route is as scenic as it is challenging. The course can be described as dramatic, epic, diverse, and beautiful. Ride up, over, and along mountain peaks and ridges, and through a multitude of canyons and country sides. Basically, this event is for the cyclist who loves to climb and to see a lot of diverse terrain in the process. Bring gears! Some of the roads have steep sustained climbs of 12-14% with pitches up to 18%. Unless you’re a super strong climber, we suggest a triple crank, or at least a 30 cog in the back.
Your day starts as you’ll head across Mulholland into the Valley and then hang a right on Topanga. After a fairly gentle climb and a super fast descent, the real climbing begins as you head up and over Old Topanga. Then you’ll tackle Stunt, zip down Piuma back to Mulholland; and take that all the way to the coast. A short ride on PCH takes you to Yerba Buena and Cotharin, before hitting Ventura County and the beach via Deer Creek. After an easy, flat cruise back south on PCH, you’ll climb up Decker Canyon hang a right on Lechusa and climb Encinal Canyon back to Mulholland. From there it’s mostly, but not all, down hill back to Agoura via Cornell. 106 amazing miles with 12,700 feet of climbing.
The 73 miler diverges from the KOM route by taking Encinal to Decker Canyon; and then gets back on the route from there to the finish.
The 52 miler takes Stunt as the first main climb, then joins the 73 mile route to Decker and then descends back to Agoura via Westlake and back to the finish.
Route Sheets and GPS Files:
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:
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.