Wine Country 300k (ACP Brevet / Route #1201)
Ride Start:Saturday, March 26 at 06:30
Ride End: Sunday, March 27 at 02:30
Time Limit: 20 hours
Moved the start time to 6:30 as the the small descent off Cuesta Grade will be in the daylight and a bit warmer.
Registration: closes Thursday March 24 at midnight
Start Location: New Calle Joaquin Park & Ride Lot between Taco Temple and Hampton Inn
Description: The San Luis Obispo Wine Country 300K begins and ends in San Luis Obispo. It shares the first 275km with the Wine & Waves 400k.
The hills are bright green. The route crosses SLO and climbs over Cuesta Grade into North County on the Hwy 101 shoulder, climbing 1200 feet in about 3 miles. Exit after the downhill on the other side for a pleasant ride up El Camino Real through Santa Margarita and Atascadero, before going out to rural Templeton Rd, passing horse ranches and wineries. Pass through Templeton with its tall grain building and Paso Robles on the way to the first info control before San Miguel. San Miguel is a good place for early lunch. Then, head over to Paso Robles west side, where the Far Out wineries are located in hill country. Beautiful rolling hills for about 25 miles finally lead to Hwy 46, where you climb over the coast range to Cambria. Then a quick but windy trip up to Ragged Point for the ocean view part of the ride. Return thru Morro Bay and back to San Luis Obispo via Los Osos Valley Rd.
It’s a beautiful ride, with a reported 9,600 vertical feet, mostly in the first 100 miles. GPS files can be downloaded from the map link.