Welcome to the Santa Barbara Century - October 23, 2010
The Santa Barbara Metric Century is a difficult ride intended only for experienced bicyclists. It is 62+ miles long with a cumulative altitude gain of 3800'.
The ride starts on the beach in Santa Barbara very close to a number of motels and hotels. The ride starts easily with pleasant level riding along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast and then through Summerland and Carpinteria returning via the foothills. At mile 23 the climbing begins with a steep climb of Toro Canyon and then Ladera Lane. 8 miles later you have reached the infamous Gibraltar Road where Lance Armstrong and other professionals have trained. The Century ride climbs this road while your route descends. Upon reaching Hwy 192 the route goes to the west end of Goleta before returning to Goleta Beach. A well used bicycle path is followed into exclusive Hope Ranch, Arroyo Burro Beach and then back to the finish where you will receive your finishers prize.
There are 3 aid stops on the route, one of which will have some minor bicycle maintenance capability. Sag wagons will traverse the course to transport any riders who need assistance back to the start.
At Sandpiper Golf Course a lunch is provided.
Start times for the Metric Century ride are 8 to 9 am, and the course will close at 6 pm. Sunrise is 7:04 am and sunset is 6:10 pm. Any riders starting before 7 am should have lights and know that the first aid station at mile 15 is not scheduled to open until 7:45 am.
Helmets are mandatory. Personal sag wagons are not allowed on the course between the first aid station at Carpinteria High School (mile 15) and Cathedral Oaks at mile 37 for safety reasons: the roads are frequently narrow, curvy and steep. Using a personal sag wagon in this section will result in immediate disqualification.