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Lighthouse Century

Date: September 24, 2016
Registration Fee: $75

The Lighthouse Century starts and ends on the campus of Morro Bay High School in the quaint coastal community of Morro Bay. All routes travel North along the coast past San Simeon with the two longer routes including climbs into the coastal hills. Senic vistas of the central coast shoreline make this a beautiful ride.

Those taking the Old Creek Route travel up the winding, oak-tree-shaded and challenging Old Creek Road while those choosing the Century Route make the long climb up Highway 46. Both of these routes turn around at the Donati Family Vineyard rest stop and enjoy the long Highway 46 downhill with its breathtaking views of the coast.

view of coast above Cambria with riders in on highway

tandem riders heading south

All routes make a rest stop at Cambria's Shamel Park and then continue North along the San Simeon coast to the turnaround rest stop at the Cypress Tree Vista just below the Elephant Seal Observation area. Be sure to look for zebras on the Hearst Ranch property. The Shamel Park rest stop again serves all riders as they return to the start. Hopefully the return ride from Cypress Tree will be aided by a tailwind all the way to Morro Bay High School and a well-earned post-ride BBQ.

Lighthouse Century Routes

Routes GPS PDF (in new window)
Century Route: 100 mi Century GPS Century PDF
Old Creek Route: 85 mi Old Creek GPS Old Creek PDF
Coastal Route: 65 mi Coastal GPS Coastal PDF

Lighthouse Century Highlights

  • Beautiful views of the ocean and coastal hills
  • Que & Map sheet
  • Rest Stops well stocked with good food including organic choices
  • Robust SAG support
  • Bike Mechanic at Start and Midpoint
  • Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers
  • Post-Ride BBQ for registered riders featuring cobbler & ice cream. Tickets available at BBQ for non-riders ($10) (Fundraiser for Morro Bay High School Athletic Boosters).
  • Ride patches and wristbands for registered riders
  • Your event fee makes possible our annual Donations of over $75,000 to local cycling organizations and events and the communities that make our rides possible.
  • Opportunity to purchase Lighthouse Clothing. This year's clothing features the Hearst Castle Zebras often seen by riders on Highway 1.

Image of Lighthouse jersey design showing front and back

Lighthouse Century 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.)
  • Use the wide shoulders available on most roads
  • Portable audio devices using ear pieces are discouraged. (California law mandates that ear pieces be used in only one ear.)