Date: April 26, 2014
Registration Fee: $75
The Wildflower Century starts and ends in Creston at Creston Elementary School. The century takes you through the green hills and secluded valleys of northeastern San Luis Obispo County. See California the way it was during the mission days.
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|Century Route||Century GPS||Century PDF|
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|50 Mile Route||50 Mile GPS||50 Mile PDF|
All three 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 for a lovely climb. At the top of the climb, the 70 Mile route descends Parkfield while the Century route descends Las Pilitas. Both are great descents. The two routes join up again at the rest stop at the Parkhill Fire Station.
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 lunch, you face the challenge of a long gradual ascent up Highway 41 to the next rest stop. Shortly after this stop, you will reach the top of the hills and have wide-open views before you descend and pass many horse ranches as you turn toward Creston. The 70 and 50 Mile routes will continue into Creston while Century riders enjoy a beautiful loop along La Panza with a rest stop at Shadow Run Vineyard before continuing on Highway 58 and O'Donovan Road on their way to Creston. At the end of the day, everyone will enjoy a well earned BBQ at Creston Elementary School.
The Wildflower Ride includes:
- Great food
- Beautiful scenery
- Colorful ride patch
- BBQ after the ride for all registered riders
- Enthusiastic support
- Event Photography by PhotoCrazy.com
- Opportunity to purchase Wildflower Clothing
- 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 cycists move right 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 Fest - Creston Spaghetti Feed
Eliminate the hassle of the Saturday morning crowds! Come out to Creston Friday night and pick up your registration materials. While you're there do a pre-ride carb load-up and benefit our host, the village of Creston, at the annual Spaghetti Feed put on by the Creston Women's Club Scholarship Fund.
- Features: Spaghetti, bread and salad
- Price: $10.00 (adults), $5.00 (children under 9)
- Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
- Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Location: Creston Elementary School
Saturday Morning Coffee
We are proud to support the communities that host our events, as can you. The Creston School Science Camp will be hosting a booth at which they will sell coffee and treats you can purchase before you set out on your ride. You will find their booth near the registration area Saturday morning.
SLOBC Supports the Community
The SLOBC uses the funds from its rides to support the great work of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition, sponsor scholarships for the Cal Poly Wheelmen and Shandon High School, support programs at Creston Elementary, contribute to the maintenance of mountain biking trails, support bicycle advocacy organizations, promote helmet use in our area and other issues of concern to bicyclist.