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Riders climbing Hwy. 227
Climbing Highway 227, Photographer: Chris Manning

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2023 Wildflower Century

Date: April 29, 2023
Location: Creston, California

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club invites you to the annual Wildflower Century on the last Saturday of April. We offer challenging routes on quiet rural roads through vineyards and ranches in Paso Robles Wine Country. The event is limited to 1000 riders and fills quickly so register early to ensure your place in this classic ride.

 

What's New

  • Event Photos: We have partnered with Captivating Sports Photos to document the Wildflower Century and provide riders FREE event photos.
  • New 30 Mile & Metric Century Routes: Road combinations between Creston and Pozo are used to create two new challenging routes in addition to the traditional 52 mile loop.
  • NO 100 Mile Route: Climate change has decimated the flower bloom along Shell Creek Road and Shell Creek Road itself continues to deteriorate. Therefore, we will not offer a 100 mile route until this situation improves.
  • Start & Finish: Shorter routes allow a more relaxed day with rides beginning at 8:00 AM and ending by 3:00 PM.

Three cyclist on Parkhill Road.
Parkhill Road, Photographer: Bruce Easton

 

Routes

This event is not for inexperienced riders or those who have not trained on roads with comparable profiles. All routes take riders through varied environments and include significant climbs – short does not mean easy. Please review the route maps before you register. We want you to be successful and enjoy the day.

The RWGPS files provide both plan and profile views of each route. Once opened, you can move your cursor along the profile to display mileage, elevation and % grade. The RWGPS maps include a link to send routes to a phone or other devices.

2023 Routes RWGPS Route Slips
Metric Century (63 mi, 4000 ft) 100 Km 100 Km
50 Mile Route (53 mi, 3200 ft.) 50 Mile 50 Miles
30 Mile Route (30mi, 2000 ft) 30 Mile 30 Miles

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

A Brief Description

All routes start and end at the elementary school in Creston. All routes head south from Creston on O'Dovovan Road for a flat five mile warm up. Riders then turn right onto Highway 58 and a 1.5 mile climb over the first hill before turning left onto Huer Huero Road. Riders climb up Huer Huero to its intersection with Parkhill Road.

Metric Century & 50 Mile Routes

After climbing Huer Huero Road, Metric Century and 50 mile riders turn left onto Parkhill Road which becomes Pozo Road and leads to the first rest stop in Pozo. From the rest stop, riders turn right and continue on Pozo Road until the intersection with Highway 58 where everyone turns right onto Highway 58 and then right onto Parkhill to the rest stop at the Parkhill Fire Station.

Metric Century Route

After a rest stop at the Parkhill Fire Station, Metric century riders turn left and climb up Parkhill Road to it's intersection with Huer Huero where they turn left onto Huer Huero for a delightful downhill run to Highway 58. Riders then turn right onto Highway 58 and left on to O'Donovan Road back to Creston and the post-ride meal.

50 Mile Route

After a rest stop at the Parkhill Fire Station, 50 mile riders turn right on Parkhill and then right onto Highway 58 before turning left onto Highway 229. Highway 229 begins with a 1.6 mile climb followed by a four mile shaded descent to a three mile open flat run into Creston and the post-ride meal.

30 Mile Route

After climbing Huer Huero Road with the other routes, 30 mile riders turn right onto Parkhill Road and enjoy a long descent to the rest stop at the Parkhill Fire Station.

After stopping at the Parkhill Fire Station Rest Stop, 30 mile riders turn right on Parkhill then right onto Highway 58 before turning left onto Highway 229. Highway 229 begins with a 1.6 mile climb followed by a four mile shaded descent to a three mile open flat run into Creston and the post-ride meal.

Riders climbing Huer Huero Road.
Climbing Huer Huero, Photographer: Greg Lozaga

 

Wildflower Century Highlights

  • Many well repaved rural roads
  • E-Bikes welcome based on battery range. Refer to E-Bike Rules & Information
  • Cue Sheets & Digital Route links
  • Rest Stops well stocked with good food
  • Robust SAG support
  • Bike Mechanics at Start and Rest Stops
  • Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers
  • Post-Ride Meal for all registered riders including:
    • Omnivore or Vegetarian meal: New offering being developed
    • Mini Donuts for dessert
    • Soda and water for drinks
    • Local beer and wine for cash purchase 
    • Tickets available at the meal for non-riders (cash only)
  • 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.
  • Order your custom Short Sleeve, Sleeveless and Long Sleeve Jerseys and Wind Vests during early registration. Ordered items will be mailed to you before the event. Jerseys are made locally by Voler: Why American Made Matters.

Images of Wildflower jersey design

  • Purchase custom Short Sleeve Jerseys and T-Shirts during Check-In while supplies last.
  • Short Sleeve Jerseys and T-Shirts from past events will be on sale during check-in.
  • Follow us on Instagram and use #slobcwildflowercentury and #slobc to see images from other riders and share your posts.
  • Riders can download their event photos by Captivating Sports Photos for FREE after the event.

 

Wildflower Safety

  • The COVID Safety webpage identifies the components of a safe environment for both riders and volunteers.
  • 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.)

 

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

Creston Women's Club Logo

Wally's Bicycle Works logo

REI logo

Foothill Cyclery logo

Arts Cyclery logo

Food, Supplies & Services

Fluid Logo

Yes Logo

Cider Creek logo

House of Bread logo

house of bagles logo

USA Cycling logo

Marborg logo

Voler logo

Foothill Cyclery logo

Captivating Sports Photos logo