Name: Pinnacles Traveler 600K (ACP Brevet; Route# 1715)
601 km or 373.5 miles; 15,550 vertical ft on rwgps
Ride Start: Saturday, May 14 at 0500 (PDT)
Ride End: Sunday, May 15 at 2100
Sunrise & Sunset: 06:00 and 20:06
Time Limit: 40 hours
Worker Ride: not this year
Registration: closes Tuesday May 10 at midnight
Start Location: Ramada Inn, map, 455 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA, 95113; 408-298-3500 x403 We stayed here last year, and they were great. They even opened their breakfast room with breakfast for us. Hope to set that up again this time.
Overnight Location: Best Western , 1725 N. Broadway, Santa Maria, 805-922-5200, very good condition. There are other hotels nearby, but I recommend sharing rooms here. There will be hot dinner until 3am. If you are a slower rider, you may prefer to overnight in Pismo Beach at the Motel 6, which is on route. Pismo M6 is next to a Dennys, 20 miles (2 hours for tired riders late at night) from Santa Maria. Definitely get a reservation if this is your plan.
Finish Location: Best Western Oxnard Inn, map, 1156 S Oxnard Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93030; 805-483-9581
I had to get my room through the BestWestern.com website, AAA rate. This is a very nice 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
Description: A point-to-point brevet between two Amtrak full service towns from San Jose to Oxnard. Quickly leaves San Jose Ramada Inn just 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 to a manned control at Peachtree Rd (114 miles). After 40 more quiet miles, arrive in civilization in San Miguel. Pass to the coast over Hwy 46 and Old Creek Rd to the coast near Morro Bay. Continue by San Luis Obispo to the overnight stop in Santa Maria. Other places to stay include Pismo Beach or Buellton, or ride on through.
From Pismo Beach, the route goes inland to Los Berros /Thompson Rds, and crosses the new Santa Maria River bike bridge, allowing for riders to re-supply in Santa Maria convenience stores at night before going out into farming and vineyard country for 42 miles. Follow the whole length of rural Foxen Canyon and Ballard Canyon Rds into Buellton (280 miles). A new route is used to get to Gaviota – head to Solvang, and take Alisal Road to Nojoqui Summit, where riders join Hwy 101 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 new 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 20 pounds) from San Jose > Santa Maria > Oxnard. Sweep sag only as necessary to make sure all riders are accounted for. Riders who decide to stop are responsible for their own transportation.
• Peachtree Control – Water/drinks and sandwiches
• Santa Maria Overnight – hot dinner, drinks and snacks/bars to go
• Oxnard Finish – morning finishers will have breakfast burritos and drinks, afternoon 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.
Bike & Box transfer: Please work with other northern riders to arrange box transport south, I 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) for through service to San Jose. The hotel is only 1.3 miles from the SJ Amtrak Station. 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). No rider may use personal sag support between controls. Riders found breaking 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.