|People often ask about some of the Epic rides taken by our coaches. The list that follows contains
some of our coaches favorites and not so favorite. We have provided you with elevation charts and
route sheets when available. If you aspire to earn the California Triple Crown or Thousand Mile Club
you will have to train on some of the routes provided below and subsequently do some these rides.
The rides are listed in alphabetical order. A rating system of A through D is provided to give some
perspective on the difficulty of the ride. A is most difficult and D is least difficult.
|Assorted Centuries Rated A-D
Looking for century options this page will have centuries that are not events that you can do
self-support included are route sheets and elevation graphs. The difficulty rating go from A-D.
Ride at your own risk. Credit to Chuck Bramwell and his Orange County Wheelman for the
creation and maintenance of these routes. For additional information on the routes, including
CURRENT route sheets, photos and other stuff follow this link.
Breathless Agony Rated A
Billed as the toughest century in Southern California, Breathless Agony is definitely a ride for those of
you who love to climb. Click on the link above to learn more about it.
Butterfield Double Century Rated C
This event provides riders an opportunity for some great ultra-distance riding and an opportunity to see
the best of Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.
Death Ride Rated A
An established and well supported climbing event in northeastern California 129 miles 15,000 feet of
Death Valley Double Centuries Rated B
Would you prefer to do something a little more remote? The Death Valley Double Century challenges
riders not only with some awesome elevation gains, but also with some extreme temperatures. Click on
the link above for more information and images.
Everest Challenge Rated A+
For those of you feeling like climbing champions, learn how you can test yourself against some of
California and Nevada's strongest climbers in the Everest Challenge.
Furnace Creek 508 Rated A+
This is a definite challenge. A 508 mile non-stop race through the Majove and Death Valley deserts
with a 48 hour time limit for solo participants. If the miles don't get you then the 35,000 feet of
climbing will! Are you up for it?
The Grand Tour Rated C
This event is a qualifier for California Triple Crown. Starting in Malibu, it offers riders a variety of
distance, terrain, and scenery up to Ojai, Santa Barbara, Gaviota, or Ventura and back.
Heartbreak Double Century Rated A
A very difficult Double Century with 16,500 feet of climbing. Weather very unpredictable as low as 36
F in 2006 but usually in the 90s F. Pine Mountain and of course it's namesake Heartbreak. Where the
road pitches above 8% after climbing 20 miles to get there. Hardly any stop lights and quite scenic
when you climb above 5800 feet of elevation and take a look around.
Hemet Double Century Rated D
The double century is a giant figure eight type route composed of two 100-mile loops (centuries). The
start/finish and lunch are at the center of the figure eight at MOTEL 6. The first loop has 2700 feet of
elevation gain spread over the entire 105-mile loop. The second loop has about 2300 feet of elevation
gain, in which 1200 feet of climbing occurs in the first 13 miles.
Mission Bay to Mount Laguna
Century Plus ride that takes you from sea level to 6,100 feet elevation with 152 miles and 13,000 feet of
|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 newer riders.
D- Rides in this category are great beginner Double Centuries or Centuries.