SLO North County 400k (ACP Brevet / Route #3120)
Ride Start: Saturday, April 1 at 0630
Ride End: Sunday, April 2 at 0930
Time Limit: 27 hours
Registration: closes Thursday, March 30 at midnight
Start Location: New Calle Joaquin Park & Ride Lot between Taco Temple and Hampton Inn
Description: The 400K begins and ends in San Luis Obispo. This ride shares most of the first 300k with the SLO North County 300k, and the riders will begin together. You must decide which route you will ride before the ride. RUSA rules forbid changing routes once you start.
The 400K route crosses town and climbs over Cuesta Grade on the Hwy 101 shoulder, climbing 1200 feet in about 3 miles. We exit 101 and head to Santa Margarita and south east to Pozo looping back up to Creston and then on to Shandon. The road between Creston and Shandon is very scenic but it’s seen better days so wider tires will make for a better experience. first control in San Miguel, a good place for lunch. Then, wander a bit west before heading to Paso Robles west side followed by a lovely climb up Peachy Canyon and finally lead out to Hwy 46, where you climb over the coast range to Cambria. The ride goes just a little north of Cambria (Washburn Day Use). Then straight back to San Luis Obispo via Hwy 1 followed by a loop down to Arroyo Grande and Avila Beach before finish up back in SLO.
Reservations are recommended in this tourist town, you can usually cancel. It’s a beautiful ride, with about 13,900 vertical feet, about 10k in the first 150 miles. Garmin files can be downloaded from the map link.