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!
58 mile, 74 mile and 106 mile options
(But you must do the full 106 mile distance for KOM credit)
Click here for the results from prior years.
2018 Entry Fees**:
74 Miles or 106 Miles KOM Distance:
Earlybird Until December 31: $99.
Standard Entry – January 1-March 17: $105.
Late Entry: March 17-April 7: $115.
Last Minute Entry: April 8-April 13 at 5pm: Make an online reservation using the Register Now link and pay $120 cash only at the door.
Earlybird Until December 31: $59.
Standard Entry – January 1-March 17: $65.
Late Entry: March 17-April 7: $70.
Last Minute Entry: April 8-April 13 at 5pm: Make an online reservation using the Register Now link and pay $80 cash only at the door.
** 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.
REGISTRATION FOR 2019 WILL OPEN IN OCTOBER. Please read our new cancellation policy before registering.
Start / Finish Location:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 30255 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills, (818) 597-0333. Ask for the Planet Ultra/Mulholland Challenge group rate of $142 per night.
How to Get There:
From the 101 Freeway north or south: Click here for a map.
If you’re not staying at the Hampton Inn, please do not park in any hotel spots. We’ve secured permission to use parking spaces in the office lot directly next door to the hotel at 30301 Agoura Rd. Please use only the spaces nearest the freeway at the back of the parking lot. Please do not park next to the buildings as some of the tenants are open for business on Saturdays. Thank you for your cooperation and courtesy with the parking situation. If we don’t abide by the request of the office space owners/tenants, we’ll not be allowed to park there next year.
Friday night from 7pm to 8:30pm at Hampton Inn. Saturday morning from 6am to 7:30am.
This is not a race – it’s a timed event. You must hang your timing chip facing forward on your handlebars, 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 guidelines based on your expected finishing time:
9-11 hours: 7:00am
8-9 hours: 7:15-7:30am
under 7.5 hours: 8am.
58 and 74 Mile Riders may start between 7 and 7:30am. Faster riders please start closer to 7:30am.
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 wait for the mandatory sticker. Stickers will not 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: 11 hours – based on the earliest start at 7am. All riders must be off the course by 6pm. No exceptions.
74 Miles: 8 hours.
Sticker Stops for 106 and 200-mile riders:
At each of the 5 aid stations along the course, 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 will be placed on the rider’s number plate which must be hanging from the handle bars, facing forward. You will not receive a sticker unless your number plate is correctly hanging from your bars. At the finish, riders must show their number to prove they finished the entire course. Any rider who fails to receive all 5 stickers required for their distance will be DQ’d. No exceptions.
Course Records – NEW ROUTE FOR 2016:
Men: Marco Arocha, 5:51:16, Age 40, 2017
Men 50+: Malcolm Hill, 6:16:15, Age 61, 2017
Men 60+: Malcolm Hill, 6:16:15, Age 61, 2017
Men 70+: Greg Kibble, 9:14:04, Age 74, 2017
Women: Mary Dannelley, 6:46:46, Age 48, 2016
Women 50+: Dorina Vaccaroni, 7:28:09, Age 53, 2016
Women 60+: Kathleen House, 9:56:57, Age 65, 2016
Women 70+: Wendy Watson, 10:38:33, Age 72, 2016
Median Finish Time – 8:41:24, 2017
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 74 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 58 miler diverges from the KOM route after the second SAG/Sticker Stop at Peter Strauss Ranch.
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.
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+ – 7:34:28, William Anderson, Age 71, 2014
Men 70+ – 7:34:28, William Anderson, Age 71, 2014
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