KING OF THE MOUNTAINS CENTURY CHALLENGE - STAGE ONE!!! This course is an epic challenge with lots of climbing in the incredibly beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. The route is as as scenic as it is challenging - and can best be described as dramatic, epic, diverse, and beautiful. Spend the day riding Southern California's roads less traveled. (And yes, there are bailout points if you want to do a slightly shorter route with less climbing.)
Ride Description for Century Option
STAGE ONE of the KING OF THE MOUNTAINS CENTURY CHALLENGE!!! Spend the day riding Southern California's roads less traveled. Ride up, over, and along mountain peaks and ridges, and through a multitude of canyons and countrysides. Basically, this route is for the rider who loves to climb and to see a lot of diverse terrain in the process.
Your first major climbs are Topanga Canyon and Old Topanga Canyon. From there, you'll spend the morning ascending and descending the Santa Monica Mountains on Mulholland Hwy, Little Sycamore, and Cotharin, before hitting Ventura County and the beach at Deer Creek. After an easy, flat cruise back south on PCH, you'll climb back up Decker Canyon until it meets Mulholland again - and keep on riding, all the way back to Stunt Road. You'll definitely be feeling this last big climb of the day. 116 amazing miles with about 12,000 feet of climbing.