Heartbreak Hundred: King of the Mountains Century Challenge, Stage #3
Start: Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 8:00 AM (PDT)
Lebec , CA 93243
This is the final stage of the KING OF THE MOUNTAINS CENTURY CHALLENGE!!! Ride the roads less traveled in places you’ve never heard of, like Apache Saddle and Ventucopa and then up the Lockwood Valley.
Leaving the start line, a short quick climb to Tejon Pass gives way to a short descent into Frazier Park. Relish that warm up, for now the climbing begins in earnest. The next 30 miles are mostly uphill, though there are a few nice descents along the way. As you climb toward the summit of Mt. Pinos, take time to look around; the scenery here is truly beautiful, as the high desert gives way to alpine forests and gently sloping mountain meadows. Look to your left at Lake of the Woods and see the road you will be descending later in the afternoon, then look ahead at the road that will take you higher into the mountains. Deep in the mountains you will reach the private community of Pine Mountain Club. For the residents it's home, but for you it's a flat spot in the road before the climbs to the checkpoint at Apache Saddle at mile 20. After reaching Apache Saddle, prepare yourself for one of the most rewarding descents in all of Southern California. You will descend for 20 miles along the ridge line that divides the Lockwood Valley on your left from the huge Central Valley on your right. Look around for wildlife as you ride through the Los Padres National Forest and the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The downhill continues at Highway 166. A left here and another onto Highway 33, and then you will be a few miles from our checkpoint at "The Place" at mile 54 in downtown Ventucopa. Fuel up and head out! Leaving "The Place" in Ventucopa you will follow the beautiful Cuyama Valley and Cuyama River to a left turn at Lockwood Valley Road. As you enter Lockwood Valley you will encounter a gradual climb that just keeps getting steeper. As you reach the infamous Heartbreak Hill in the afternoon sun you will learn whey "Heartbreak Hill" got that name. Leaving Heartbreak Hill, you will descend and climb your way to Frazier Park and eventually return to the start/finish in Lebec. This 100 mile event has just shy of 8,000' of total elevation gain, which is a lot! If you reach the finish line having already completed the Mulholland Challenge and Breathless Agony, you'll be awarded the KING OF THE MOUNTAINS awesome Official Finisher socks - and may order the coveted KING OF THE MOUNTAINS jersey!!! For details about the KING OF THE MOUNTAINS Century Challenge, go to http://www.PlanetUltra.com/KOM/index.html