GET YOUR CLIMBING LEGS READY!!!
Join us in 2020 for the 15th Anniversary KOM Series!
Complete all three of the toughest Southern California Spring Centuries:
Mulholland Challenge, Heartbreak Hundred and a 3rd event TBD
to earn the right to wear the coveted King of the Mountains jersey!
*All three rides must be completed in the same calendar year!
How The King of the Mountains Century Challenge Works
It’s simple, really. To be honored with the title “King of the Mountains Official Finisher,” and earn the right to wear the coveted finisher jersey, you must complete each of the three qualifying events, in one calendar year. This means showing up for the ride, following the rules of each ride, pedaling every mile without deviation, and making sure your times are recorded at any required checkpoints and the finish lines. Easy, right?
Which Rides Count in 2020
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. Starting in Agoura Hills, 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.
Total distance is 106 miles with 12,700+ feet of climbing. (While there are shorter distance options on the Mulholland Challenge, you MUST complete the 106 mile option to receive credit for the King of the Mountains Challenge!)
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.
3rd Event TBD. Breathless Agony will not be in the 2020 King of the Mountains Challenge. Orange County Wheelmen have opted to move the event to June which conflicts with other Planet Ultra events.
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, 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.
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!
Some of our prior year’s King of the Mountains finish jerseys: