Event Date:June 10, 2017

Tour of Two Forests Double Century

Leap-Frog Support  **

Starting in Santa Clarita, riders traverse parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern Counties, passing through Ojai, then up Pine Mountain to Lebec and back to the finish.

This event is hosted with leap-frog support instead of fixed aid stations, quasi-brevet-style, with a small entry fee of $55 just to cover insurance, any necessary permits, and the leap-frog support vehicle which will carry snacks and water and drop bags along the route. Riders may bring several lunch-size bags with their special-needs foods, which will be delivered up the course to at least three locations. Riders may also bring private SAG.

**Given the difficulty of the route, only experienced double century riders will be permitted to ride (meaning, you should have successfully completed in under 15 hours at least 3 doubles in the past year). All riders must be willing and able to ride the entire distance with minimal support, or bring private SAG. This is the only Planet Ultra event where private SAG is not only allowed, but encouraged. (Please note, however, you will not receive volunteer credit for the Triple Crown because your private SAG is helping you/your group and not all riders on the course.) If a rider falls too far off the back, they may not receive support other than their drop bags. There are no SAG drivers. If a rider quits, they must find their own way back.

Perry Smith descends off Pine Mountain towards Lockwood Valley in 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for the 2015 Results

Click here for results from prior years.

Sign UpClick the SignUp bottom to register online and pay with 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 June 5th.

Start/Finish Hotel

Hampton Inn, 25259 The Old Road, Santa Clarita, California 91381. (661) 253-2400. The hotel has a heated swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, and 24-hour coffee and tea service in the lobby. We don’t have any arrangement with the hotel; but it’s a nice place. Great restaurants nearby, including Chili’s, Claim Jumper, Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden, Woodranch Steak House, and more!

Check-In:
Saturday morning from 4:45am to 5:15am in the lobby of the Hampton Inn. Please bring your lunch-bag size drop bags with your name and address on each bag. We won’tt take bags that don’t have your address on it. We do this to make sure you pick up the back at the designated drop location and not leave it on the ground as illegal litter.

Start Time:
5:15am or after if you’re really fast!

Come Prepared:
Please be in shape for this event. Riders will be expected to be primarily self-supporting/self-sufficient. There will be minimal support and no roving SAG.

Time Limit:
Since this is leap-frog support, it’s not possible to support everyone if the spread is too great. This is why we ask that only riders who think they’ll complete the course in 15 hours or less sign up.  If you’re too far back, plan on riding with less support, especially in the second half of the ride. This is NOT a standard double century – and there is NO SAG. If you quit, as stated above, you must find your own way back. You’re welcome to bring your own private SAG. Everyone who finishes within 20 hours (the RUSA brevet standard) will be listed as finishers.

Twilight, Sunrise, and Sunset:
Twilight begins 5:12; Twilight ends 20:35. Sunrise is 5:42; Sunset is 20:05.

Lights:
If you expect to be out in hours of darkness, plan on carrying your lights all day. All riders out past sunset MUST have both a headlight and a taillight attached to their bicycle, and MUST wear a reflective ankle band on both legs. Please don’t under-estimate the time you’ll need to complete this event. Come prepared with a very good light and backup batteries, plus at least one non-blinking taillight and lots of reflective gear.

Bring a Camelbak!
Tour of Two Forests route is fairly remote and has the potential for major extremes in weather conditions. Since on-route support is minimal, we absolutely, positively, strongly and most assuredly encourage everyone to bring a Camelbak with at least 50 oz of water, plus two full-size water bottles.

Ride Description:
Classic Doubles are more than challenging alone. They are “tours” in the true sense, an opportunity for discovery and adventure in an area not often ridden.

The Tour of Two Forests has been such a classic since its first edition in 1980. It starts and ends in Santa Clarita and traverses parts of L.A., Ventura, and Kern Counties, plus the name-giving Angeles National Forest and Los Padres National Forest. It begins with an easy cruise through Piru and down South Mountain to Santa Paula and then the easy climb up into Ventura County’s sleepy hideaway of Ojai. Next you’ll ascend 30 mile Pine Mountain and enter the heart of the ride: Rugged and beautiful mountain country where a lone cyclist feels very small. Next comes Lockwood Valley (home of the “Heartbreak Hill”) to Gorman and then a rolling finish through Pine Canyon, Three Points, Elizabeth Lake, Leona Valley, and down, down, down Bouquet Canyon to the finish back in Santa Clarita.

This is a big ride in more ways than one: 198 miles with about 13,220 feet of elevation gain. It’s one of the most scenic courses in Southern California and is almost free of traffic lights.

Route Sheets and GPS Files:
Route sheets and GPS files are available to registered riders if requested via email between two weeks and five 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.

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:

  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 for the RideWithGPS.com map. You may download a GPS file from this page.