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Riders on Shell Creek
Photograph: Chris Manning

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Wildflower Century

Date: April 27, 2019
Location: Creston, California

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club invites you to join us for the Wildflower Century as it returns to the last weekend of April. We are offering five routes on rural roads through the vineyards, ranches, and oak woodlands of the Central Coast. Register early to ensure your place in this classic ride.

Bike riders decending highway 41.
Descending Highway 41, Photograph: Chris Manning

Wildflower Routes

New for 2019, we are offering a 52 mile route that starts at 10:00 AM and follows the second loop of the Century route. The roads followed by the 52 mile are some of our favorite in the area and provide a challenging and beautiful ride. The 52 mile route provides an excellent alternative to our great Metric Century for those that prefer these distances.

Highway 58 and O'Donovan Road have been repaved in 2018 and Highway 41 was repaved in 2017 so our routes include miles of beautiful pavement. There is still a seven mile stretch from the Shandon rest stop out Shell Creek Road with rough pavement that we refer to as our cobble stone section. The trade-off is that the south end of Shell Creek Road can have a spectacular display of flowers when the timing and quantity of winter rains are right.

Routes RWGPS Maps Route Slips
Wildflower Century: 5100 ft. Century Map Century Route (pdf)
Wildflower 75: 3800 ft. 75 Mile Map 75 Mile Route (pdf)
Wildflower Metric Century: 3000 ft. Metric Map Metric Route (pdf)
Wildflower 45: 2000 ft. 45 Mile Map 45 Mile Route (pdf)
Wildflower 52: 3200 ft. (Starts at 10AM) 52 Mile Map 52 Mile Route (pdf)

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

Wildflower Century Highlights

  • Rural roads through oak woodlands, vineyards and ranch lands unchanged by time
  • 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:
    • 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,¬†
    • Delicious barbecued chicken with a hearty salad and dessert,
    • 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 Wildflower Clothing

Images of Wildflower jersey design

  • Follow us on Instagram and use #slobcwildflowercentury to share your posts
  • Event Photography by PhotoCrazy

Riders leaving Shandon on Trusdale Road.
Photograph: Bruce Easton

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.)

two bike riders passing a tractor on Shell Creek road.
Photograph: Pam Link

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: $12.00 (adults), $5.00 (children under 10) purchased at the door
  • Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Location: Creston Community Center
  • Wine, Beer & Desserts available for purchase
  • Meat and vegetarian spaghetti sauces!

Saturday Starters

The Creston School Science Camp will be offering coffee and treats for purchase at Creston Elementary School from 6:30 to 9:00 AM Saturday morning.

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


Creston Volunteer Fire Department logo

Creston Classic Rodeo logo

pozo organic farm logo

California rangeland Trust logo
Avenales Ranch

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