Photographer: Chris Manning
2022 Wildflower Century
Date: April 30, 2022
Location: Creston, California
The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club invites you to the Wildflower Century each year on the last Saturday of April. We offer challenging 50, 80 and 100 mile routes on quiet rural roads through vineyards and ranches in Paso Robles Wine Country. The event is limited to 1000 riders and fills before registration closes so register early to ensure your place in this classic ride.
- Pozo Loop First: All routes do the Pozo Loop first.
- New 80 Mile Route: The second loop of the 80 mile route takes a shorter and smoother path to the Shell Creek flowers and returns with the 100 mile riders.
- New Paving: Highway 58, Highway 41 and O'Donovan Road are repaved and provide additional miles of smooth riding.
- E-Bikes Welcome: The 50 mile route is a great challenge for E-Bikes depending on battery range. E-Bike rules and information are provided on the FAQ Answers webpage.
Photographer: Bruce Easton
The GPS Maps files provide both a plan and profile views of each route. If you move your cursor along the profile, it will show the mileage, elevation and slope percentage at each point along the route.
|2022 Routes||GPS Maps|
|Century Route: 98 miles, 5500 ft.||Century|
|80 Mile Route: 5000 ft.||80 Mile|
|50 Mile Route: 3100 ft.||50 Mile|
Download a Wildflower Information (pdf) sheet that provides an overview of the ride and the roads being used.
A Brief Description
All routes start by riding south out of Creston on O'Donovan Road. All riders turn right onto Highway 58, left onto Huer Huero and left onto Parkhill. Shortly after Parkhill turns into Pozo Road is the first rest stop at the Pozo Saloon. Riders continue on Pozo road until the intersection of Highway 58 where everyone turns right onto Highway 58 for a couple of warm-up climbs before turning onto Highway 229. Highway 229 begins with a 1.4 mile climb followed by a four mile shaded descent to a three mile open flat run into Creston.
At this point the Half Century riders are done and can head to the post-ride meal. The Century and 80 Mile riders have a rest stop in Creston before heading out for the second loop.
80 Mile riders will climb La Panza before turning left onto Highway 58 and then left at Shell Creek to the rest stop with a spectacular display of flowers if mother nature is kind to us. Riders return to and turn right onto Highway 58 and then right onto O'Donovan and the finish in Creston and the post-ride meal.
Century riders will climb Highway 41 to begin their second loop followed by two great downhill runs on the way to Shandon. After Shandon there are 7 miles of rough pavement out Shell Creek Road that we refer to as our cobblestone section. The remaining section of Shell Creek is smooth and ends at a rest stop with a spectacular display of flowers if mother nature is kind to us. Riders then turn right onto Highway 58 and then right onto O'Donovan and a 1 mile sprint challenge on the way to the finish in Creston and the post-ride meal.
Photographer: Bruce Easton
Wildflower Century Highlights
- Many recently repaved rural roads
- Cue Sheet with map
- Rest Stops well stocked with good food
- Robust SAG support
- Bike Mechanics at Start and key rest stops
- Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers
- Post-Ride Meal for all registered riders including:
- Live music
- Local beer and wine for purchase
- Choice of omnivore or vegetarian entree
- Sides, dessert and, drinks
- Tickets available at the meal for non-riders
- Ride patches for registered riders
- Your registration fee supports our Donations to Bike SLO County, other local cycling organizations and programs and the communities and groups that support our rides.
- Purchase your custom Short Sleeve, Sleeveless and Long Sleeve jerseys and Wind Vests in your size during early registration. Items purchased during early registration will mailed to you before the event.
- Purchase custom Short Sleeve Jerseys and event T-Shirts during Check-In while supplies last.
- 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.)
- The COVID Safety webpage identifies the components of a safe environment for both riders and volunteers.
Photographer: Chris Manning
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: $15.00 (adults), $6.00 (children under 10) purchased at the door
- Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
- Time: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- Location: Creston Community Center
- Meat and vegetarian spaghetti sauces!
- Wine, Beer & Desserts available for purchase
Saturday Coffee & Hot Chocolate
The Creston School Science Camp is receiving a donation from the SLOBC for serving free coffee and hot chocolate at Creston Elementary School from 6:30 to 9:00 AM Saturday morning. Additional donations when you pickup your drink are welcome to increase support for the school's science program.
These organizations and businesses partner with us to provide Volunteers, Places and Food, Supplies & Services to support the safety and enjoyment of our riders.