MT. LAGUNA CLASSIC
Pine Valley, CA – October 3, 2020
King of the Mountains Century Challenge – Stage #3

Due to temporary mandates imposed by the State of California concerning the coronavirus, we’re unable to secure permits in time to host this event in April as we hoped. We’re confident we can alter our NFS permit to the September date and are working closely with San Diego County to secure that permit as well. We will open registration as soon as we get the green light from both.

We’ve ridden the route and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! It has all the makings of a Classic: Tough climbs, beautiful descents, unpaved roads, a section closed to traffic. WE’RE SO EXCITED for you to come out and join us!

Get ready for a new, epic Planet Ultra adventure!
Starting in Pine Valley (East San Diego County), the route is three loops, each climbing Mt. Laguna from a different side, with increasing difficulty and more “interesting” terrain. All loops return down Sunrise Highway, a non-technical descent with smooth pavement and a descent shoulder.
 
Loop 1 feels like business as usual. A clock-wise route with nice pavement and reasonable grades. No double digit pitches.
 
Loop 2 gets a bit tougher and your quads will start reminding you that this is a big day! Ascending Kitchen Creek, you’ll come to a “road closed” gate that you’ll either climb over or limbo under to proceed up the car-free road. The road gets steeper and the pavement narrower as the desert attempts to swallow up and erase all signs of humanity. 
 
Loop 3 might just make you cry. Pine Creek is very steep, and in places unpaved. Most of us mere mortals will, in several places, wind up pushing our bikes instead of riding them (seriously) for short distances. A very steep, narrow, curvy, bumpy descent will turn your knuckles white. On Pine Creek you might find yourself repeating silently, Rule #5 …  And then you’re done, enjoying the scenery, and the last push to the summit where you’ll bask in the glory of completing over 10,000′ of climbing on this truly EPIC ride. It’s all downhill from here!

General Information and Ride RulesPlease Read!

2020 Entry Fees**:
102 Miles (KOM distance): Until September 26: $??. Late entry: $??.
75 miles (1st and 2nd loop): Until September 26: $??. Late entry: $??.
45 miles (1st loop only): Until September 26: $??. Late entry: $??.

Entry includes a super fun and challenging cycling adventure; chip timing with overall and age category results posted online; fully stocked checkpoints along the route with a large selection of snacks and drinks; roving SAG support (where possible); per rider donation our charity partner, Challenged Athletes Foundation. Due to the remoteness of this event, a post-ride meal is not included.

Please read our registration and cancellation policies.

** 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 $40.  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 $40 entry fee for your next event.

REGISTRATION IS NOT OPEN- but coming soon!
Since this event will have a set rider limit, once our permits are secure we will first open registration by invitation only to riders intending to complete the King of the Mountains Challenge (meaning, those who are registered for both Mulholland and Heartbreak).

Please read our new cancellation policy before registering.

Start / Finish Location:
TBD on Old Hwy 80 in Pine Valley, CA 91962.