The 2013 Lighthouse Century will feature the starting location and revised routes introduced last year. The ride starts and ends on the campus of Morro Bay High School. We encourage out of town riders to make motel or camping reservations in this quaint coastal community. Click on Lodging for motel and camping information.
Three ride routes are available, two hilly routes (a century and a 87 mile route) and a flat metric century. You will leave Morro Bay on scenic Highway 1, with vistas of Morro Rock and the Estero Bay shoreline. Hilly riders may travel up winding, oak-tree-shaded and challenging Old Creek Road or a new route up Highway 46 with breathtaking views of the coast. Both routes turn around at a new rest stop at the Donati Family Winery, then return to Highway 1 on Highway 46. The flat metric century route remains on Highway 1.
All riders enjoy a rest stop or lunch 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 and view the Elephant Seal Preserve near the lighthouse. Shamel Park serves riders again as a rest or lunch stop before a tailwind-aided (hopefully) ride back to Morro Bay High School and a well-earned post-ride BBQ.
Get the 2013 Lighthouse jersey as a memento of your experience!
The Lighthouse registration fee is $60. There is NO day-of-ride registration. Moreover, the ride is popular and sells-out quickly. Register early to assure yourself a place.
The SLOBC uses the funds from its rides to sponsor scholarships for the CalPoly Wheelmen, support programs at Cambria Teen Center, Piedras Blancas Light Station Association and Morro Bay Community Police Service, contribute to the maintenance of mountain biking trails, support bicycle advocacy organizations, promote helmet use in our area and address other issues of concern to bicyclists.
Registration Opens: June 2 (noon), 2013
Ride: September 28, 2013
Returning riders will note that our routes are significantly different from those prior to 2012. To find out more about the revisions, read "Route Change for Safety".
Another fabulous Lighthouse has gone into the history books. Go to the PhotoCrazy web site to look for your photos taken during the event .
You are automatically in our notification database if you have registered with us in the past. Otherwise (or if your contact information has changed), send your NAME, ADDRESS and EMAIL ADDRESS to email@example.com (be sure your email system accepts this address if you want to receive notifications).
The ride will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given
Approved helmets are required to be worn by all riders. NO HELMET, NO RIDE! All minors must be accompanied by an adult
Riders are strongly encouraged to use rear-view mirrors to monitor overtaking cars, trucks, busses and cyclists.
For the same reason, portable audio devices using ear pieces are discouraged. (California law mandates that ear pieces be used in only one ear.)