MARCH 4, 2023
Iconic Southern California century ride, previously hosted by SCOR-
Re-booted, Re-newed, Re-Vitalized by Planet Ultra!

LIMITED TO 1,000 RIDERS
HOPING TO MOVE BACK TO SOLVANG (but can’t  promise) IN 2023!

Interested in volunteering? Click here for info!
WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Questions about sponsorship?
Email us at embassy@planetultra.com

REGISTRATION

What’s Included With Entry:

Your amazing, inspiring and challenging day in Southern California’s most popular cycling area include fully marked routes for each distance; well stocked aid stations along the route with a large selection of snacks and drinks; clothing drop at first aid; roving SAG support; paper route sheet and downloadable RideWithGPS files; festive finish line (with cash beer and wine bar); souvenir refrigerator magnet; per rider donation to Life Sports Foundation.

2022 Entry Fees*:

Century & Metric Century:
Until February 19:  $125
Late Entry – February 20 until noon March 1 or event SELL OUT:  $135

1/2 Century:
Until February 19: $105
Late Entry – February 20 until noon March 1 or event SELL OUT:  $115

Registration for all divisions closes at noon Tuesday, March 1st or when SOLD OUT.** There is NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION. You must pre-register to ride. Bandits will not be tolerated (or served at aid stations).

Please read our registration and cancellation policies before signing up.

* If you’re able to recruit an event volunteer, please email us before signing up and we’ll provide a coupon code to use with online registration for an instant 50% off (once we reach our staff quota, this discount will expire).

** For 2022, registration closes March 1st or when SOLD OUT. Mindful that folks might be concerned about last-minute government shut-downs; please understand that this event requires significant advance planning. Planet Ultra cannot risk dozens or more last-minute entries which could cause permitting issues, inadequate staffing and possible shortages with aid station supplies. Please plan in advance, as Planet Ultra is doing.

REGISTRATION FOR 2023 will open Christmas Day!
Please read our general ride rules before signing up.
Click the SignUp bottom to register online and pay by credit card (which includes a small service fee). You may also use that button to view the registered rider list. Please read
 our cancellation policy before registering. We highly suggest purchasing the event cancellation insurance.

Optional Registration Add-Ons:

When you sign up, you can choose some or all of these additional benefits:

•  Event jersey, made by Blackbottoms Cyclewear – $89.  Jerseys ordered before January 10th (our order date) are guaranteed for pick-up at the event. Thereafter, if we didn’t order enough in your particular size, we will re-order AFTER the event and mail it to you.

•  Event tech tee – $25

•  Post-ride meal, hosted on site by Marriott (available until Feb 24 only). Choice of street tacos or bacon-wrapped jumbo dog – $18

ROUTES

Choose from three scenic and fun route distances:

The traditional, historical Solvang Century route! 98.8 miles with 5692′ of climbing.
Be prepared for lots of rolling hills on country roads through lush, green countryside. No super steep climbs or technical descents; but be prepared for some bumpy, less than perfect pavement, especially on Santa Rosa Rd.
Five aid stations along the route to keep you fed and hydrated.

Note: The RideWithGPS map with turn-by-turn instructions may be downloaded into your GPS device, or used on your smart phone with the RideWithGPS app.  While the course will be marked the day before; we cannot guarantee markings won’t be stolen or moved; so please carry a route sheet and use your GPS to navigate.

A beautiful and challenging Metric Century route! 69.9 miles with 3,930′ of climbing.
The metric century is pure bliss: Rolling hills, long (but not steep) sustained climbs, and hopefully some nice tailwinds too! The metric starts off on the same route as the century for the first 24 miles (including the not great pavement on Santa Rosa Rd.); then rejoins the century route for the last 20 miles. 
Three aid stations along the route to keep you fed and hydrated.

Note: The RideWithGPS map with turn-by-turn instructions may be downloaded into your GPS device, or used on your smart phone with the RideWithGPS app.  While the course will be marked the day before; we cannot guarantee markings won’t be stolen or moved; so please carry a route sheet and use your GPS to navigate.

Half Century Route:  51.9 miles, 2,860′ of climbing.
The half century goes out to the first aid station on the same route as the full and metric centuries; enjoying the beautiful rolling hills of Santa Rosa Rd, then returns to Buellton on the same route. 
One aid station at the turn-around point. Half century riders experience the Santa Rosa Rd vibrations both out and back. 

Note: The RideWithGPS map with turn-by-turn instructions may be downloaded into your GPS device, or used on your smart phone with the RideWithGPS app.  While the course will be marked the day before; we cannot guarantee markings won’t be stolen or moved; so please carry a route sheet and use your GPS to navigate.

LOGISTICS

Host Hotel:
Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, 555 McMurray Road in Buellton. Click here to book online.  To reserve by phone, call (888) 236-2427 and ask for the Solvang Century group block rate of $249 (plus taxes). Our initial block at the lower rate is SOLD OUT. The new rate expires February 3rd, if not already sold out (which it absolutely will do).  Please book under the event block! When we support the host hotel, they want us back the following year!

Alternative hotels:  
Hampton Inn, 600 McMurray Road in Buellton is also offering a discounted rate of $199 (plus taxes). Reservation link coming soon. Rate expires February 3rd if not sold out before (which it will do).

Start/Finish Location:
For 2022, the start/finish area is in the parking lot at the back of the Marriott. 2023 TBD

Rider Check-In / Packet Pickup:
Friday afternoon and evening: 4pm-9pm in the Figueroa Ballroom on the bottom floor of the Marriott.

Saturday morning: 6am-8:45am in the Figueroa Ballroom on the bottom floor of the Marriott.

Parking:
If you’re staying at a hotel other than the Marriott, please leave your car and ride over.

If you’re driving in, please do not park at the Marriott, in the adjoining lot at Chumash Resource Center, other nearby hotels, or in the parking lots for McDonalds or Habit Burger. You will likely be towed away at your expense (and frustration).

There is limited street parking on McMurray Rd around the Marriott.

Other Parking Options:

Parks Plaza Movie Theater:  Next door to the Marriott. Property owner has authorized us to use the 60 (or so) spots in that lot. Click here to view a map. Again, DO NOT park in the McDonald’s lot or you will be towed away.

City of Buellton has public parking, and authorized us to use space, at the following locations:

Ave of the Flags street parking:  .5 miles from Marriott.  There are about 40 spots in the center median across from the Buellton Chamber of Commerce. Click here to view map.  Please do not park in the spots in front of restaurants or other businesses on Avenue of the Flags.

Jonata Middle School: 1.1 miles from Marriott.  Click here to view map.

River Walk Park: 1.5 miles from Marriott.  Click here to view map.

Oak Valley Elementary School: 1.7 miles from Marriott.  Click here to view map.

Where ever you wind up parking, please be courteous and leave no trash; or we will not be able to use the parking for future events. We expect everyone to be the BEST stewards of our sport, at all times when participating in this event!

SCHEDULE

Registration Opens:  Christmas Day 2021

Standard Registration Closes; Late Fee Kicks In:  February 20

Registration Closes:  Noon March 1 or when SOLD OUT.

Rider Check-in / Packet Pickup:

Friday afternoon and evening: 4pm-9pm in the Figueroa Ballroom on the bottom floor of the Marriott.

Saturday morning: 6am-8:45am in the Figueroa Ballroom on the bottom floor of the Marriott.

Start Times:
Century:
  Open start window from 7am to 8:30am. No earlier starts please.
If you’re wondering what’s the best time for you, here are our suggestions:
Need 9-10 hours?  7am-7:15am
Need 7-9 hours?  7:15-7:30am
Need 6-7 hours?  7:30am-7:45am
Need under 6 hours? 7:30am-8am
If you’re super fast, sleep in. Start at 8.

Metric Century:  Open start window from 7:30-8:30am. No earlier starts please.

Half Century:  Open start window from 7:30-9am.  No earlier or later starts please.

Post-Ride Meal Service at Marriott:
1pm-4:30pm near the finish area in the back parking lot at the Marriott. You must have a meal ticket to be served. Meal is for riders who pre-purchased only. 

Time Limit:
10 hours – based on the earliest start at 7am. All riders must be off the course by 5pm.

RULES

In addition to our general rules and policies, please be mindful of the following:

  • This is a ride, not a race.
  • Be safe and be courteous. We are stewards of our great sport of cycling.
  • Wear your helmet.
  • No headphones, ear buds, or other listening devices.
  • Law enforcement in all towns along the route will be watching. Please obey all “Rules of the Road’ as required by the California Vehicle Code. A bicycle is a vehicle and subject to the law.
  • Obey all signal lights and stop signs. Do not follow another group of cyclists through a stop sign or traffic light. Decide for yourself when it’s safe to proceed.
  • Share the road with cars and leave their share clear for safe driving.
  • Ride as close to the right as is safe. If it’s not safe, take the lane.
  • Ride single file as often as possible, particularly when traffic is present; but no more than 2 abreast EVER.
  • Signal or call out your turns and point out hazards to other cyclists.
  • Pass other cyclists on the left only; and call out “passing left.” NEVER pass on the right.
  • Carry an extra tube, patch kit, tools, identification and your cell phone.
  • Enjoy the scenery. Take photos and share them on social media.
  • HAVE FUN and BE JOYFUL!
FAQs

When is the Solvang Century

For 2022, March 5th.  Generally speaking, the event is hosted annually on the first Saturday of March.

May I register on-site at the event?

No, sorry. You must pre-register for this event. In 2022, registration March 1, unless we sell out first. Generally speaking, we close registration Wednesday at noon before ride day.

What routes are available?

There are three route options:  Century, Metric Century and Half Century.

Will there be food and water on course?

Of course! You’ll find a GREAT selection of edibles, and something special at each aid station.  You’ll not go hungry or thirsty.

Is this a race or a ride?

The Solvang Century is a fun ride; NOT a race. For now, due to permitting restrictions, we’re unable to provide chip timing for the event. Local authorities rant to keep things calm and cool; expecting everyone to follow “rules of the road.”  For some, timing creates a feeling of urgency, and a tendency to blow stop signs and traffic lights and to be impatient with aid station staff.  So you’re off the clock for now. If you want to keep track of your time, there are lots of ways to do that. No doubt someone will create a Solvang Century segment on Strava so you can compare your time with others’.

May I ride an E-bike?

Yes, we love e-bikes, but with some rules:

  1. You must be self-sufficient. This means Planet Ultra does not provide SAG (on course pickup) for e-bikes. If you ride one, please make sure your route choice is appropriate for your battery life.
  2. ​Be courteous with your speed and riding style.
  3. If you use Strava, please indicate you’ve ridden an E-bike at this event. Some folks get bothered when segments are “won” by an e-bike rider.

What's the weather like?

Well, we don’t have a crystal ball…

But March is generally a beautiful time to ride in this area. That said, any type of weather, good or bad is possible. So please check the forecast before you pack and travel. Bring a variety of different layers.

Come prepared for anything from cold mornings in the 40s to warm afternoons in the 80s.

Rain is possible and wind is almost always a factor in the afternoon (although our route is designed for a tailwind on the return).

Have the conditions been challenging some years – definitely!  Have they been spectacularly beautiful other years – absolutely!

How can I volunteer?

Send us an email and let us know you’re interested in helping out or you’re bringing along a friend or family member who’d like to help on your behalf. We offer 50% entry discount for riders who recruit volunteers!

Click here for more information on volunteering.