How Much Climbing Is There?
The 100 mile Tour of the Unknown Coast Century has 9400 feet of climbing.
The 100 mile Avenue of the Giants Century has 5000 feet of climbing.
The 100 kilometer ride has 3200 feet of climbing; the 50 mile ride has 2800 feet.
The 22.5 mile ride has only 500 feet and the 7.5 mile ride is completely flat.
What if I Can’t Finish the Ride?
Please make an honest assessment of your own capabilities and condition and enter the appropriate distance. Our staff is there to pick up any riders needing assistance, but in recent years we’ve had a number of riders set out in the 100 mile ride with the intention of going only part way before getting on the sag wagon. Please do not enter the 100 mile rides if you do not intend to finish. The sag wagons are provided for those who sincerely can’t finish, due to a mechanical or physical failure, not for those who should have entered the 50 mile or 100 kilometer rides.
You have 12 hours to complete the ride and get a finisher’s patch. Riders who do not reach “The Wall” by 5:00 p.m. or who obviously cannot finish by 7:00 p.m. must agree to board a sag wagon when directed to do so by the sag staff. This is a safety issue.
All riders are encouraged to start early enough (before the mass start time) to get back in time to enjoy the food and music, around 3:00 p.m.
Is There a Sag Wagon?
We have several vehicles patrolling the course to offer assistance and to pick up those riders who are unable (or unwilling) to continue. Look for the vehicles displaying door signs that read “Event Support.”
Please be aware that many portions of the course are in the far rural back-country and that cell phone service and radio communications are sporadic. In the event of a break-down or accident it is possible that considerable time will pass before assistance arrives.
Please, please do not bring your own support vehicle. There have been several close calls with private sag wagons and our ride participants over the years. The CHP has made it very clear that our permit could be in danger if this continues to be a problem.
Our sag vehicles are equipped with spare inner-tubes and tires, but most are staffed by the Humboldt Amateur Radio Club and the Humboldt County Search & Rescue Team, not by mechanics. Be prepared to handle your own roadside mechanical needs. If necessary, the sag crew can take you to the next rest stop that does have full mechanical support.
Is There Mechanical Support?
While we ask that all participants be sure their bikes are in good working order before the ride, we understand that sometimes things go wrong during the ride. So, we have mechanics at the following rest stops: Rio Dell, Immortal Tree, Albee Creek, A.W. Way Park and “The Wall.” They’re equipped with full sets of tools and have a supply of inner-tubes, tires, cables, etc. and can usually get a rider back on the road.
Do I Need to Bring Food?
If there’s some food you like to have, then, by all means, bring some along, but our rest stops are fully stocked with a variety of food: bananas, oranges, cookies, peanut butter and jelly, bread, bagels, Hammer Heed sports drink and Hammer Gels. For riders doing the 50 mile or 100 kilometer rides there are sandwiches at the Immortal Tree rest stop. The lunch stop for the 100 mile (TUC) ride is at mile 61 at A.W. Way Park. Along with sandwiches that stop also has hot soup and, in the event of cold or wet weather, we also make coffee, tea and hot cocoa.
What Kind of Weather Can I Expect?
The North Coast in late spring can offer sunshine, wind, fog and rain, and often all of the above in the same day. In short, come prepared for anything. It is often chilly at the start, so smart riders dress in layers: we recommend a pair of cycling shorts worn under tights, a base layer short sleeve jersey worn under a vest, and then a wind shell or jacket over that. Then as the day warms up (at it usually does) a rider can peel off a layer. Some riders will carry a small hydration pack to have a place to stash unneeded clothing.
Free Camping? Do I Need to Make Reservations?
Yes, camping is free for those who want to camp in a tent or vehicle. To camp in your vehicle simply pull into the front parking lot of the Humboldt County Fairgrounds (1250 5th St., Ferndale, CA) and make yourself at home. For tent camping simply pitch your tent on any of the grass areas within the fairgrounds. There are bathrooms and showers near the front of the fairgrounds and a much newer (and nicer) facility within the fairgrounds about 100 yards beyond Bellotti Hall. There’s plenty of room for everyone—in all of the years that we’ve offered free camping we’ve never come close to filling up. So, no reservations are needed.
There’s also an RV campground with full hook-ups (water, sewer, electricity) for only $25 a night. There are 100 sites available and again, we’ve never come close to filling up. But reservations can be made by calling 707-786-9511.
When and Where Do I Check In?
We strongly recommend that riders check in and pick up their rider numbers the night before. We handle early registration and check in on Friday, June 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Turf Room in the Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St., Ferndale. On ride day registration opens at 6:00 a.m.
What Time Does My Ride Depart?
100 mile Avenue of the Giants Century: 7:00 a.m.
100 mile Tour of the Unknown Coast Century: 7:00 a.m.
100 kilometer: 9:00 a.m.
50 mile: 9:30 a.m.
22.5 mile: 10:00 a.m.
7.5 mile: 11:30 a.m.
What if I Can’t Attend?
As a non-profit organization operating on a tight budget, we are unable to offer refunds or transfers.