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Wildflower Century

Date: April 23, 2016
Registration Fee: $75

The Wildflower Century starts and ends in Creston California at the Creston Elementary School and travels rural roads through oak woodlands and ranch lands unchanged by time.

All routes leave Creston on O'Donovan Road that ascends very gradually for 5 miles. At the intersection of O'Donovan Road and Highway 58, the 50 Mile Route turns left and the 70 Mile and Century routes turn right. The 70 Mile and Century routes proceed West on Highway 58 and turn South on Huer Huero with its three challenging climbs. After the last climb, the 70 Mile route descend Parkhill while the Century route descend Las Pilitas. Both are great descents. The two routes join up again at the Parkhill Fire Station rest stop.

bike riders on highway 58

riders enjoying lunch at Shandon

Leaving the Parkhill Fire Station, the 70 Mile and Century routes travel East along the rolling hills of Highway 58 to join with the 50 Mile riders at the Shell Creek rest stop. If we are lucky, the weather and rain has resulted in a blanket of wildflowers along Shell Creek Road as everyone descends toward the lunch stop in Shandon.

After the Shandon rest stop, you face the challenge of a gradual ascent up Highway 41 to the next rest stop. Shortly after this stop, you will reach the top of the climb with wide-open views as you descend, turn onto Camp 8 and then Creston Road toward the finish. At the intersection with Highway 41, the 70 and 50 Mile routes will continue into Creston while Century riders enjoy a beautiful loop out La Panza with a rest stop at Shadow Run Vineyard before continuing on Highway 58 and O'Donovan Road to their finish at Creston. At the end of the day, everyone will enjoy a well earned BBQ hosted by the Creston Volunteer Firefighters' Association.

Wildflower Century Routes

Routes GPS PDF (in new window)
Century Route Century GPS Century PDF
70 Mile Route 70 Mile GPS 70 Mile PDF
50 Mile Route 50 Mile GPS 50 Mile PDF

Wildflower Century Highlights

  • Travel rural roads through oak woodlands and ranch lands unchanged by time
  • 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 and festival for all registered riders including live music and beer for purchase. Tickets available at BBQ for non-riders ($10)
  • Colorful ride patches for all registered riders
  • Your event fee makes possible our annual Donations of over $90,000 to local cycling organizations and events and the communities that make our rides possible.
  • Opportunity to purchase Wildflower Clothing

Images of Wildflower jersey design

  • Event Photography by PhotoCrazy (opens in new window)

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.)

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: $10.00 (adults), $5.00 (children under 9)
  • Date: Friday, April 22, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Creston Community Center

Saturday Starters

Given the proximity of our start location to services, we have assembled some Saturday morning food choices you can purchase before setting out on your ride. They will be available at the Creston Elementary School from 6:30 to 9:00 AM next to Registration and Clothing Sales.

  • Creston School Science Camp: Coffee and treats