VIRTUAL TOTF: JUNE 5-14, 2020

DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS THE “OFFICIAL” 2020 EVENT IS CANCELLED.

You may ride the actual route on June 13th with our arranged SAG or your private SAG
or
a route of your creation of at least 200 miles with 11,000′ climbing
indoors or outdoors, between May 30th and June 27th.
We know many of you have trained hard to ride ToTF
with the goal of receiving
CALIFORNIA TRIPLE CROWN and GRAND SLAM credit.
YOU CAN STILL DO THAT!
Information and registration for “Virtual” TOTF is below.

Your entry also helps support Planet Ultra stay afloat through this crisis.
You can also just SEND US SOME LOVE.


JUNE 12, 2021
Santa Clarita, CA

HOW DOES VIRTUAL TOTF WORK?

1.  “Register” online or with mail-in waiver. You entry includes a Make Mine A Double tech tee (if you sign up before June 7th) and a Tour of Two Forests refrigerator magnet. If you’re already registered for MMAD, or sign up after June 7th, we’ll substitute the tee for an America Strong finisher medal.

2.  Request to join the Make Mine A Double Strava Club. For the duration of the Challenge, your privacy settings must be set to EVERYONE, including your profile, so we can view individual activities to make sure they qualify. Your doubles MUST be posted to Strava if you want credit. Only cycling counts- indoors or outdoors. Also join the Obsessive Cycling Disorder Mileage Challenge Strava Club if you’d like to compete for prizes in that. 

3.  Between May 30thth and June 27th, ride your virtual Tour of Two Forests. See below for rules which must be followed to receive Grand Slam and Triple Crown credit.

4. Planet Ultra will post results on our Results page.

VIRTUAL TOTF RULES:

1. Register for Virtual Tour of Two Forests by selecting one of two options: Ride the actual route on June 13th with leapfrog SAG arranged by Planet Ultra (or with your own private SAG); or ride an equivalent route between May 30th and June 27th.

2. Your equivalent route must be at least 200 miles with a minimum 11,000′ elevation gain. If riding outside in a group, you must maintain social distancing minimum 6′ between cyclists. You may also ride your equivalent route on any indoor training app.

3. Ride self-supported or with Private SAG; but no more than 10 riders per group riding together. Again, maintain social distancing minimum 6′. Everyone in your group, including SAG drivers and folks not riding for credit, must sign and submit the MMAD event waiver before starting the ride.

4. You must complete the ride within 20 hours (total time, not ride time), on a single calendar day.

5. Upload the ride to the Strava Make Mine A Double club page, name the ride “Virtual Tour of Two Forests,” and include at least one photo of yourself. Please post the ride within 24 hours of completion so it shows up in the current leaderboard. Bonus drawing for wearing any Planet Ultra event or Grand Slam jersey.

6. California Triple Crown credit is awarded for Virtual Tour of Two Forests if all of the above requirements are satisfied. On the CTC website, credit will appear in the column for Tour of Two Forests. Planet Ultra will submit results to California Triple Crown in one batch, on June 15th.

Entry Fee for Virtual ToTF only:
$85 to ride June 13th with arranged SAG
$75 to ride another day or an equivalent route

Use the Join The Challenge button to register with RunSignUp and pay by credit card (includes a small service fee). To pay by Venmo or Zelle, download and email this form. The email addresses for Venmo and Zelle are at the bottom of the form.

Obsessive Cycling Disorder shirts and jerseys, extra Make Mine A Double shirts and America Strong finisher medals may be ordered on RunSignUp or our online store.

BELOW INFORMATION IS FOR ACTUAL EVENT.
WE LEFT IT HERE SO WE DON’T HAVE TO RE-CREATE THIS PAGE FOR 2021.

 

** Leap-Frog Support with social distancing  **

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 3 (or more) leap-frog support vehicles instead of fixed aid stations, and a reduced entry fee to cover insurance, permits, and fuel/expenses for the support vehicles which will carry snacks, 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 4 locations.

*This is the only Planet Ultra event where private SAG is not only allowed, but encouraged. SAG drivers must “register” with Planet Ultra in advance; so please contact us if you plan to bring a driver.

Click here for 2019 results
Click here for results from prior years.

General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read!

2021 Entry Fees: 
Until June 1: $85.
Late entry: June 2-June 10 at noon: $95
Very last minute entry: June 10 at noon-June 12 at 5pm: $115.

Please read our registration and cancellation policies. 

** If you’re planning to ride and know you can bring a volunteer to help out, you may email us in advance of signing up and we’ll provide a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 20% off.  The volunteer 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.

REGISTRATION FOR 2021 TOTF WILL OPEN IN JANUARY.
Click the SignUp button to register online and pay by credit card (processing fees apply). To pay by check, download and mail in this form. Your mail-in form and check must be received no later than June 1st. 
Please read our new cancellation policy before registering. Read our event rules/policies here.

Start/Finish Hotel:
Hampton Inn, 25259 The Old Road, Santa Clarita, California 91381; (661) 253-2400. Hotel has a heated swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, and 24-hour coffee and tea service in the lobby. Great restaurants nearby, including Chili’s, Claim Jumper, Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden, Woodranch Steak House, and more!

Check-In:
Friday night from 7:30-8:30pm; Saturday morning from 4:45am to 5:15am in the lobby of the Hampton Inn. Please bring THREE drop bags, containing food only, with your name on each bag. One bag will go in each of 3 SAG vans.

Start Time:
5:15am for riders needing more time; 6:15 for riders under 13 hours.

Come Prepared:
Please be in shape for this event. Riders will be expected to be self-sufficient, including the ability to fix a flat and/or make minor repairs on route. 

Time Limit:
18 hours unless you have Private SAG to take care of you in the evening hours. Course closes at 11:15pm. Since this is leap-frog support, it’s more challenging to support everyone if the spread is too great. If you need more than 15 hours, please bring Private SAG. Otherwise, if you’re too far back, especially in the second half of the ride, you will be required to SAG forward.

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.

Bag Drop:
Please bring 3 disposable bags filled with your special foods. Drop the bags off at rider check-in, clearly labeled with your name. These bags will be leap-frogged up the course and NOT switch SAG vehicles. Since there’s no official post-ride activity other than you texting the time you finish, the drop bags will be discarded after the ride. So please make sure you pick up your bags, or don’t care that you won’t get them back.

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.

How Leap Frog Support Will Work:
At least three vehicles will rotate between roving SAG and being parked in a set location to provide water/snacks and your drop bags; with one “leaping” ahead of the faster groups, one staying behind for the slower groups, and one in the middle. Vehicles will move up the course and follow along making sure everyone is taken care of. There is no official lunch stop; so if you want a sandwich, please bring your own. SAG vehicles will have miscellaneous bars and water only.

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.