EPIC TRAINING SYSTEMS
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Epic Train Rating System
A - Rides with this rating are the most challenging events. You can expect
remote areas and extreme temperatures. Many of these rides will have mountainous
terrain. You will suffer from either long mileage, elevation gain or both. The longer
brevets fall under this rating because riders must be self-sufficient--no support is
provided. A RATED RIDES ARE FOR EXPERIENCED RIDERS ONLY AND
SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY.
B - Rides with this rating are very similar to A rides however service is provided and
these events may not have mountainous terrain.
C- Rides in this rating have rolling terrain, good support, and provide a challenge for
D- Rides in this category are great beginner Double Centuries or Centuries.
|Laguna Santiago Silverado Century
||5200 Elevation Gain
|Beginning in Huntington Beach head north on Pacific Coast Hwy towards
Warner Blvd. Enjoy the sights and sounds of beach-goers on Main Street as you
do your warm-up miles. At Warner Blvd make a U-turn and head south. Make
a left on Jamboree Rd and begin the five (5) mile stair-step climb of San
Joaquin Hills. Summit and intersect Newport Coast Drive and turn right
towards Pacific Coast Hwy. On a clear day the view is fantastic but pay
attention to the road you will exceed 40 mph on your descent.
Next up is the Big Ring 7.5 mile climb of Laguna Canyon. You will continue
residential and commercial zones as you head towards Santiago Canyon. Once
on Santiago Canyon time to climb again. You'll also climb one of Orange
County's most rural and scenic climbs, Silverado Canyon. It is a throw-back
to the old days when this canyon was considered "the boonies" of Orange
County. U-turn at " summit" of Silverado Canyon and head back to Santiago
More urban riding awaits until you reach your last climb of the day Newport
Coast Dr from the Bonita Canyon side. A gentler climb from this direction but
you nearing the century mark and the 2.3 mile climb can take the last bit of
energy out of you.
Right on San Joaquin Hills with 13 miles to go you begin a 5 miles stair step
descent towards Jamboree Rd and eventually Pacific Coast Hwy. You are now
on the home stretch. It is the afternoon hours and you most assuredly fight a
headwind the last 8 miles to finish.
An early start is highly recommended -- like 6am. This route is urban,
challenging, has plenty of opportunity for bailouts, or working the climbs at
higher intensity. There are many options for services. Hence the EPIC TRAIN
RATING SYSTEM rates this ride a B.
|lAGUNA CANYON SAN CLEMENTE
||4,000 Elevation Gain
|Much like the Laguna Santiago Silverado Century this century begins with a
warm-up loop up to Warner Ave on the north end of Huntington Beach. Then
you head south up and over San Joaquin Hills, down Newport Coast Dr and
south towards Laguna Canyon.
Work the Big Ring as you climb Laguna Canyon. Make a U-turn at the top and
head back to the coast. Great Views as Laguna Canyon opens up to the Pacific
Ocean. Then head south on Pacific Coast Hwy to San Clemente. Once you
reach Christianitos Rd you make a U-turn and it is a straight shot north back to
Early start is recommended although you will encounter coastal traffic no matter
what time you start this ride. This route is urban, challenging with many
options for bailouts, or working the climbs and the coastal rollers at higher
intensity. There are many options for services. Hence the EPIC TRAIN
RATING SYSTEM rates this ride a B.