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Riders on Shell Creek
Photographer: Bruce Easton

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Wildflower Century

Date: April 25, 2020
Location: Creston, California

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club invites you to the Wildflower Century on the last weekend of April. We offer challenging 50, 75 and 100 mile routes on quiet rural roads through vineyards and ranches in Paso Robles Wine Country. The event is limited to 1200 riders and fills before registration closes so act now to ensure your place in this classic ride.

Registration

 

What's New

  • Pozo Loop First: In 2020 all routes do the Pozo Loop first – this was the second loop in 2019.
  • New 75 Mile Route: The last 25 miles of the 75 is new for 2020.
  • New Paving: Highway 58, Highway 41 and O'Donovan Road are repaved and provide additional miles of smooth riding.
  • Sprint & Hill Climb “Personal Best” Challenges: NO RACING !! Personal times recorded with RFID Tracking System. See example: 2019 Lighthouse Results .pdf
  • E-Bikes Welcome: The Half Century route is a great challenge for E-Bikes depending on battery range. E-Bike rules and information are provided on the FAQ Answers webpage. Note: E-Bikes will not be included in "Personal Best" challenge rankings.

three cyclist on Parkhill Road.
Photographer: Bruce Easton

 

Routes

The RWGPS files provide both a plan and profile views of each route. If you move your cursor along the profile, it will show the mileage, elevation and slope percentage at each point along the route.

Routes RWGPS Map & Profile Cue Sheet
Century Route: 98 mi. 5500 ft. Century Century (pdf) Century (pdf)
75 Mile Route: 4500 ft. 75 Mile 75 Mile (pdf) 75 Mile (pdf)
Half Century Route: 52 mi. 3200 ft. 52 Mile 52 Mile (pdf) 52 Mile (pdf)

Download a Wildflower Information (pdf) sheet that provides an overview of the ride and the roads being used.

A Brief Description

All routes start Loop 1 by heading south out of Creston on O'Donovan Road. All riders will turn right onto Highway 58, left onto Huer Huero, left onto Parkhill and then onto Pozo Road. At the intersection of Highway 58 and Pozo Road riders turn right onto Highway 58 for a couple of warm-up climbs before turning onto Highway 229 and the 1.4 mile hill climb challenge (KOM). The loop ends with a four mile shaded descent to a three mile open flat run into Creston.

At this point the Half Century riders are done and can head to the BBQ. The Century and 75 Mile riders have a rest stop in Creston before heading out for their second loop.

75 Mile riders will climb La Panza before turning right onto Highway 58 and then right onto O'Donovan and a 1 mile sprint challenge on the way to the finish in Creston and the BBQ.

Century riders will climb Highway 41 to begin their second loop followed by two great downhill runs on the way to Shandon. After Shandon there are 7 miles of rough pavement out Shell Creek Road that we refer to as our cobblestone section. The remaining section of Shell Creek is smooth and ends with a spectacular display of flowers if mother nature is kind to us. Riders then turn right onto Highway 58 and then right onto O'Donovan and a 1 mile sprint challenge on the way to the finish in Creston and the BBQ.

Riders leaving Shandon on Trusdale Road.
Photographer: Bruce Easton

 

Wildflower Century Highlights

  • Many recently repaved rural roads
  • Cue Sheet with map
  • Rest Stops well stocked with good food
  • Robust SAG support
  • Bike Mechanics at Start and key rest stops
  • Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers
  • Post-Ride BBQ for all registered riders including:
    • Live music by Burning, Bad & Cool (Burning James on lead guitar and vocal, Billy Baxmeyer on bass and vocal and Jim Conway on guitar and vocal)
    • Local beer and wine for purchase, 
    • Choice of BBQ chicken or vegetarian portobello mushroom burger,
    • Vegetarian beans, hearty salad and dessert,
    • Tickets available at BBQ for non-riders
  • Ride patches for registered riders
  • Your registration fee supports our Donations to Bike SLO County, other local cycling organizations and programs and the communities and groups that support our rides.
  • Purchase Wildflower Clothing in your size and style during early registration.

Images of Wildflower jersey design

  • Follow us on Instagram and use #slobcwildflowercentury and #slobc to see event images and share your posts.
  • Event Photography and Satellite Tracking by PhotoCrazy

 

Wildflower Safety

  • Approved helmets are required to be worn by all riders. NO HELMET, NO RIDE!
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • All riders are expected to follow Safe Cycling Best Practices
  • Rear-view mirrors to monitor overtaking vehicles and cyclists are encouraged. (California law requires that cyclists move right as practicable to allow vehicles to pass.)
  • Portable audio devices using ear pieces are discouraged. (California law mandates that ear pieces be used in only one ear.)

Riders descending highway 41.
Photographer: Chris Manning

 

Friday Spaghetti Feed

Eliminate the hassle of the Saturday morning crowds! Come to Creston Friday night and pick up your registration materials and then take part in a pre-ride carb load-up at the annual Spaghetti Feed put on by the community to benefit the Creston Women's Club Scholarship Fund.

  • Price: $15.00 (adults), $6.00 (children under 10) purchased at the door
  • Date: Friday, April 24, 2020
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Location: Creston Community Center
  • Meat and vegetarian spaghetti sauces!
  • Wine, Beer & Desserts available for purchase

 

Saturday Coffee & Hot Chocolate

The Creston School Science Camp is receiving a donation from the SLOBC for serving free coffee and hot chocolate at Creston Elementary School from 6:30 to 9:00 AM Saturday morning. Additional donations when you pickup your drink are welcome to increase support for the school's science program.

 

Partners

These organizations and businesses partner with us to provide Volunteers, Places and Food, Supplies & Services to support the safety and enjoyment of our riders.

Volunteers: Great Volunteers are Critical

Cal Poly Cycling Logo

cccmb logo

bike slo county logo

Estero Radio Club Logo

CPARC Logo

Wally's Bicycle Works logo

Foothill Cyclery logo

Creston Volunteer Fire Department logo

Places: Rest Stops & Parking

Creston Classic Rodeo logo

pozo organic farm logo

Rinconada Store logo

Shandon Outlaws Logo

California rangeland Trust logo
Avenales Ranch

Thanks to the owners for the use of their property:
Parkhill Rest Stop

Thanks to the owners for the use of their property:
HWY 58 Rest Stop

Food, Supplies & Services

Voler logo

Fluid Logo

Yes Logo

Cider Creek logo

Photo Crazy logo

house of bagles logo

USA Cycling logo

Marborg logo

Foothill Cyclery logo

Velotobes logo