SOLVANG’S FINEST CENTURY

OCTOBER 19, 2019

Far and away, the very best routes in Southern California’s most scenic and most popular cycling region!
NO crowds! Great support! Chip Timing! Special Finisher Award! Post-Ride Lunch!
And most importantly, a portion of every entry fee will be donated to Challenged Athletes Foundation!

SPECIAL REGISTRATION POLICY: Because this is a charity benefit ride for CAF, cancellation vouchers from other events and/or volunteer ride credits may not be used; and there will be no cancellation vouchers provided if you sign up but can’t make it. All no-show registration fees will be donated to CAF.

2019 Entry Fees: $115 includes: Chip timing, finisher award, 4 fully stocked checkpoints along the course for the full century and 3 for the metric century, roving SAG, and a delicious post-ride meal at Mother Hubbard’s Restaurant. A portion of every basic entry fee goes directly to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
After October 1st the late entry fee is $125.  Event tech tees are available for sale with online registration. Sale proceeds will be donated to CAF.
** 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.

General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read!

Use the SignUp bottom to register online and pay by credit card (which includes a small service fee). Click here 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 October 7th. Please read our new cancellation policy before registering.

Click here for 2018 results.

Click here for results from other years.

Solvang’s Finest Century (and Finest Metric Century) is dedicated to raising money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
The challenge of riding a century, or participating in any endurance sport, is a lot of fun; but people with disabilities sometimes don’t have access to the special equipment and training it takes for them to pursue this type of lifestyle. Through the Challenged Athletes Foundation, you can provide funding for hand cycles, sports chairs, training and competition needs that will allow athletes with disabilities the freedom to enjoy a fit lifestyle. 

Since 1994, CAF has raised over $100 million and granted 23,000 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and over 40 countries supporting 97 different sports have.

There are three easy things that you can do to help: First, simply register for this event! A portion of your entry fee goes directly to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Second, make a tax-deductible donation with your entry. Third, purchase a jersey or t-shirt at the event; proceeds will be donated to CAF. 

Start/Finish Host Hotel
Our host hotel is the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott located at 555 McMurray Road in Buellton, 800-638-8882. The Marriott has a Planet Ultra rate of $169 per night, which expires September 19. Call 888-236-2427 and ask for the Planet Ultra Group Block Room Rate, or use this link to book online.  
Our overflow hotel is Pea Soup Anderson’s Inn in Buellton, (805) 688-3216 with a Planet Ultra group rate of $107.10.  

We realize hotels in this area are very expensive; so try AirBnB as well.

Rider Check-In:
Friday from 7-9pm or Saturday from 6-8 am in the designated meeting room at the Marriott (there will be signs posted around the hotel with the name of the room). Please do your best to check in Friday evening, especially if you want to start early.

Parking:
If you’re staying somewhere other than the Marriott, please leave your car and ride to the start. If you’re driving to Buellton Saturday morning, please be respectful about where you park. Allow enough time to find proper parking; and please don’t park in the Marriott lot.

How To Get There: 
Use Hwy 101 to get to Buellton from either north or south. Click here for a map.

Chip Timed Event!
Solvang’s Finest Century will be timed. At packet pickup you’ll receive a number plate with a timing chip on the back. Please hang the number from your handlebars, facing forward. You must pass through the timing chute both when you start and when you finish in order to get a time. The chute will be at the back of the hotel.

Start Times
The ride starts and finishes in the parking lot at the rear of the hotel.
Century: Open starting window from 7am to 7:30am. If you plan on finishing the century in under 6 hours, please start closer to 7:30am.
Metric century: Group start at 8:30am.
If you start early, or start from a location other than the back of the Marriott, you will not be listed in the results. Please no early starts, or you’ll get to the checkpoints before they’re open. We’ll have a staging area in the parking lot where riders will gather to be sent off. Come with your friends that you want to ride with, and hit the road together. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in making this run smoothly.

Time Limit
Regardless of start time, the course closes at 4:30pm. If you’re not sure if you can complete a moderately difficult century in under ten hours, we recommend the metric century option. The metric covers much of the same route as the century (minus the first 35 miles) – and is a nice challenge with lots of climbing.

Support Provided
We will have checkpoints along the way to provide you with a wide variety of food choices including bananas, PB&J sandwiches, Clif bars, granola/fruit/energy bars, Fluid electrolyte drink (or equivalent), Caplytes (electrolyte pills), plus other snacks and goodies. Lunch will be served at Mother Hubbard’s Restaurant, about 1/2 mile from the finish line) from approximately 1:30pm to 5pm.

 

Route Description
NOTE: Route sheets will be available as an excel file to registered riders if so requested via email between two weeks and four days before the event. However, we cannot guarantee that the route sheet will be 100% accurate. Though not anticipated, last-minute routing changes may be required.

The event starts and finishes just down the road from its namesake, Solvang, a quaint, Danish village with excellent restaurants, window shopping, real shopping, horse-drawn carriages, parks, people in costume, wine-tasting, vineyards, and lots of fun things for the whole family to see and do. Bring your family and make a weekend of it. We promise they’ll all have a great time while you ride your bike!

Century Route
We’ve put together a wonderful and unique century route, unlike any other organized ride in the area. Riders will experience the very best of the Santa Ynez valley and then head out to points beyond. This figure eight style course starts with a tour of Solvang, Los Olivos, Ballard and Santa Ynez, and then heads up the well-known Foxen Canyon. The route then loops back around towards Solvang via Zaca Station, Hwy 154 and beautiful Ballard Canyon. Then riders head South towards Buellton and veer off on the famous Avenue of the Flags which becomes Santa Rosa Road. Taking the back roads of Lompoc, riders will head up and over Harris Grade and drop back down to Hwy 135 towards the great little western antique haven of Los Alamos. From Los Alamos, riders encounter the last big climb of the day, up and over Drum Canyon, a quiet, twisty, 800 foot, 3.4 mile ascent. Drum Canyon has a steep, technical downhill, so please pay close attention to your speed. Once you reach the bottom, you’ll hop onto Hwy 246 back to Buellton, with a big shoulder all the way to town! 100 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing. Four SAG stops along the course. You may view a map of the route, the elevation profile and download GPS files here. (Please note that RideWithGPS.com exaggerates the accumulated elevation gain by quite a bit.)

Metric century ride: Riders will cover the last 60 miles of the fantastic century route. Leaving Buellton, riders veer off on the famous Avenue of the Flags which becomes Santa Rosa Road, and the first climbs of the day. After a blast down Hwy 1, riders take the back roads of Lompoc, heading up and over Harris Grade and dropping back down to Hwy 135 towards the great little western antique haven of Los Alamos. From Los Alamos, riders encounter the last big climb of the day, up and over Drum Canyon, a quiet, twisty, 800 foot, 3.4 mile ascent. Drum Canyon has a steep, technical downhill, so please pay close attention to your speed. Once you reach the bottom, you’ll hop onto Hwy 246 back to Buellton, with a big shoulder all the way to town! 62 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing. Three SAG stops along the course. You may view a map of the route, the elevation profile and download GPS files here. (Again, pleases note that RideWithGPS.com exaggerates the climbing a bit.)

Towns/regions visited: Solvang, Ballard, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Foxen Canyon, Buellton, Lompoc, Los Alamos, and back to Buellton.

Routing and Navigation
Planet Ultra route sheets include lots of useful information to help riders navigate the course. For example, we’ll let you know if a turn is at a stop sign (SS), traffic light (TL) or T-intersection (T-int). We know that riders like to have the course marked. However, many of the towns/cities/counties specifically request that no markings are placed in the road. Our permits are contingent on NOT doing this.
Most importantly, the Solvang area is host to many, many events, and there are road markings all over the place – most of which will NOT be for our ride. If you don’t pay attention to your route sheet, you’re likely to follow some random arrow which puts you off course. So please, ALWAYS HAVE YOUR ROUTE SHEET WITH YOU and be aware of where you are on the route. 
This is the type of route where a GPS with turn-by-turn capabilities will come in handy. Please understand and take responsibility for navigation.

Personal SAG Vehicles
Not allowed! If you bring one, you’ll be disqualified from the event without a 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.

Volunteers
We always need volunteers! Click here for info about available positions.