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Lighthouse Century

Date: September 28, 2019
Location: Morro Bay, California

New this year, routes extend North past the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse on a beautiful new section of Highway 1. The century route includes a shortened climb East on Highway 46 and back. Scenic vistas of the central coast and cool ocean breezes typify this beautiful classic ride.

Bike riders along coast.
Photograph: Roger Heathcote

Lighthouse Century Routes

The Lighthouse Century features three routes. The heart of the routes is a 37.5 section of historic Highway 1 from Morro Bay to North of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Given the out and back nature of the routes, you can adjust the length of your ride to suit the day, weather and your enjoyment. There is always the option to turn around at any time. Use the RWGPS maps provided below, to see where our rest stops are located and plan your ride.

    Routes RWGPS Maps RWGPS Map & Profile SLOBC Cue Sheets
    Century Route: 100 mi. 5000 ft. Century GPS Century PDF Century PDF
    75 Mile Route: 2800 ft. 75 Mile GPS 75 Mile PDF 75 Mile PDF
    58 Mile Route: 2200 ft. 58 Mile GPS 58 Mile PDF 58 Mile PDF

    Happy Bike riders along coast.
    Photograph: Bruce Easton

    Lighthouse Century Highlights

    • Beautiful views of the ocean and coastal hills
    • Que & Map sheet
    • Rest Stops well stocked with good food
    • Robust SAG support
    • Bike Mechanic at Start and key rest stops
    • Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers
    • Post-Ride BBQ for all registered riders including:
      • Beef, chicken and vegetarian entree options
      • Tickets available at BBQ for non-riders
    • Ride patches and wristbands for registered riders
    • Your registration fee supports our Donations to Bike SLO County and other local cycling organizations and programs and the communities and groups that support our rides.
    • Opportunity to purchase Lighthouse Clothing.
    • Follow us on Instagram and use #lighthousecentury to share your ride posts
    • Event Photography by PhotoCrazy

    group picture at Cypress Tree rest stop with lighthouse in distance.
    Photograph: Roger Heathcote

    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.)

    Partners, Suppliers & Vendors

    These local organizations and businesses provide volunteers, rest stops locations, food, ride clothing, supplies and services to support the safety and enjoyment of our riders.

    Cal Poly Cycling Logo

    cccmb logo

    bike slo county logo

    Estero Radio Club Logo

    CPARC Logo

    CPARC Logo


    Foothill Cyclery logo

    Velotobes logo

    Voler logo

    Fluid Logo

    Yes Logo

    Cider Creek logo

    good tides organic bistro logo

    house of bagles logo

    Photo Crazy logo