Name: Pinnacles Traveler 600K (ACP Brevet; Route# 1715)
601 km or 373.5 miles; 15,550 vertical ft on rwgps
Ride is filled, waitlist is filled. Volunteer positions may be available with worker-ride privilege; see below.
Ride Start: Saturday, April 27 at 0500 (PDT)
Ride End: Sunday, April 28 at 2100
Sunrise & Sunset: 6:16 AM to 7:46 PM
Time Limit: 40 hours
Worker Ride: Weekend before. We will support the worker ride in Pinnacles, and at a night stop to be arranged. Please volunteer, workers are needed in many spots.
Volunteer positions needed: Check-in assistant for bike checks, logistics help at start, Pinnacles water support, Peach Tree lunch control workers (1 or 2), sweep sag for San Jose to Hollister; sweep sag from Santa Maria to Gaviota, early morning help in Santa Maria (1), sweep sag from Gaviota to Ventura, early finish volunteer in Oxnard.
One Pinnacles support worker on April 19 to provide water support and lunch @ Peach Tree control for pre-riders. This volunteer may ride “real” brevet.
Volunteer positions filled: Van drivers, Santa Maria dinner/overnight, finish, sweep S/Miguel to SLO.
Cost: $80 includes small bag transport, lunch in Pinnacles, dinner in Santa Maria and pizza/beverages at ride end in Oxnard.
Registration: OPENED & FILLED SUNDAY JANUARY 13. Limited to 40 riders. Waitlist of 15 riders is full.
Room blocks at hotels – not yet arranged, but you may get better rates from various booking agents for Pacific Motor Inn, and directly from Best Western (linked), from past experience.
Start Location: Pacific Motor Inn, ,
Overnight Location: Best Western Plus Big America , 1725 N. Broadway, Santa Maria, 805-922-5200, good condition. There are other hotels nearby, but I recommend sharing rooms here. There will be hot dinner until 3am.
Finish Location: Best Western Oxnard Inn, map, 1156 S Oxnard Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93030; 805-483-9581
This is a quiet comfortable hotel, and only 1 mile from the train station, that we have used several times. Good breakfast bar there in morning. Pizza for dinner at the finish.
Amtrak Information: Coast Starlight and Surfliner trains; get reservations. BOTH trains allow unboxed bikes now, though the numbers allowed are limited.
Description: A challenging point-to-point brevet between two Amtrak full service towns from San Jose to Oxnard. Weather may be cool, hot, or maybe even rainy; some headwinds are typical in afternoons.
Leaves San Jose before dawn. Riders are quickly out of San Jose and into foothills by Uvas Reservoir. Then cross through Gilroy and Hollister (@52 miles, fill up here) on the way to Airline Rd. Enjoy a long low traffic ride past Pinnacles National Monument with water support to a manned lunch control at Peachtree Rd (@114 miles). After 40 more quiet miles, arrive in civilization in San Miguel. Pass over the coast range via Hwy 46 and Old Creek Rd to the coast near Morro Bay. Continue by San Luis Obispo to the overnight stop in Santa Maria (@236 miles), which will be late night for most. This location was acclaimed by past riders as the best to set up for a great 2nd day.
NOTE: past riders say this is a ride to savor, not to ride through. Anyone trying to ride through will miss seeing Foxen Canyon, Alisal Canyon, and the coast to Santa Barbara, experiencing the beauty of the city and the beaches.
Leave Santa Maria after a good breakfast at dawn, and follow the whole length of rural Foxen Canyon and Ballard Canyon Rds into Buellton (@280 miles). To get to Gaviota – head to Solvang, and take Alisal Road to Nojoqui Summit, where riders join Hwy 101 (generally 8-10′ shoulder) to travel to Goleta (@322 miles) and Santa Barbara along the Pacific Ocean.
Goleta bike paths are used, and the route crosses the mesa, to reach Cliff Rd and the Lazy Acres Market above Santa Barbara. From there, the path to Ventura is well known by local riders. Travel the multi-million dollar beachfront bike path from Bates Rd to Seacliff, instead of riding the highway (yahoo!). Finally, Wooley Rd goes to the finish in Oxnard (373 miles), only a mile from the full service Amtrak train station.
Registration includes: Transfer of one small drop bag (under 25 pounds) from San Jose > Santa Maria > Oxnard. Sweep sag as necessary to make sure all riders are accounted for. Riders who decide to stop are responsible for their own transportation; buses and Amtrak are available from some towns.
• Peachtree Control – Water/drinks and sandwiches
• Santa Maria Overnight – hot dinner, drinks and snacks/bars to go
• Oxnard Finish – staffed beginning at noon; anyone earlier may be signed in by hotel clerk. Afternoon & evening finishers get pizza and drinks; showers available.
The ride fee does not include sleeping accommodations, please make reservations as you see fit at the event hotels above, which will have baggage service. We can’t pick up/ drop off elsewhere in Santa Maria, though you are free to stay in other hotels (returning your drop bag by 0630)
Bike & Box transfer: Please work with other regional riders to arrange box transport south if needed, we can only take flattened boxes. Riders must make their own travel arrangements after the end of the ride in Oxnard. From the South, northbound Surfliner trains with walk-on bike service (by reservation only) ends in San Luis Obispo. Therefore, take the Coast Starlight train (bike in baggage car unboxed) for through service to San Jose. Riders are encouraged to share rooms and transportation. The SLORando google group is a good place to start, please join the group.
RUSA Rules for Riders: Lights and reflective gear are required for all riders at the start, at night, and during poor visibility conditions (fog/rain). These must be kept with you on the bike during the ride. No rider may use personal sag support between controls. Riders not following these rules will be disqualified.
Bike Inspection before the start for lights mounted on the bike and personal reflective gear. These must stay with you on the bike at all times.