Ride Start: Saturday, Apr 23 at 0600
Ride End: Sunday, Apr 24 at 0900
Time Limit: 27 hours
Registration: closes Thursday, April 21
Start Location: The official start and end hotel for the 300/400 brevets on April 23/24 is the Rose Garden Inn in San Luis Obispo. The Rose Garden Inn is located immediately across the street from the Motel 6 South, on the west side of Hwy 101. It is about 1/4 mile from the Motel 6 North that we have used in previous years. We had to change because we caused too much noise at night when riders come in to eat, and then are back again to finish.
The Rose Garden Inn will let us use their lobby for the crockpot dinner, start and finish. They are next door to Margie’s Diner, but Margies doesn’t open until 6:30am, so no pre-ride breakfast there.
Room rates are $149 single and $169 double, but they have offered us a 10% discount on these rates. To get the discount, call the hotel directly, at 805-544-5300. Let them know you are with SLO Randonneurs. The other nearby hotels are Marriott Courtyard and Hampton Inn, both are far more. There are also two Motel 6’s: North and South. The Rose Garden is older and a little worn, but clean and quiet.
Description: The San Luis Obispo Wine & Waves 400K begins and ends in San Luis Obispo. This ride shares most of the first 300k with the Wine Country 300K, and the riders will begin together. You must decide which route you will ride before the ride (Apr 23). RUSA rules forbid changing routes once you are committed.
The 400K route crosses town and climbs over Cuesta Grade on the Hwy 101 shoulder, climbing 1200 feet in about 3 miles. Exit 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 and Paso Robles on the way to the first control in San Miguel, a good place for early lunch. Then, head over to Paso Robles west side, where the Far Out wineries are located up in hill country. Beautiful, rolling hills for about 25 miles finally lead out to Hwy 46, where you climb over the coast range to Cambria. Then a quick but windy trip up to Ragged Point for the waves part of the ride, and straight back to San Luis Obispo via Hwy 1. Now you have 174 miles done, and stop in for a little hot food before finishing with a loop down Hwy 1 to Guadalupe, and then Hwy 166 into Santa Maria, to the all night 7-11. Return via Bull Canyon, Thompson and Los Berros to Arroyo Grande, then up through the countryside to San Luis Obispo and the finish.
There will be hot food at the 174 mile and finish points in SLO. You may want to find someone to share a room at the start hotel and get some sleep before your drive home. Reservations are recommended in this tourist town, you can usually cancel. It’s a beautiful ride, with about 10,900 vertical feet, mostly in the first 100 miles. Garmin files can be downloaded from the map link.