This ride starts out easy enough, with a relatively flat run south from Fortuna to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. After about 25 miles, the route turns west under Highway 101 onto Bull Creek Flats Road, and for the next few miles riders will enjoy some of the smoothest pavement in Humboldt County . . . but not for long! Things get serious at Mile 32 when riders begin the seven mile climb up to Panther Gap, the high point of the ride at 2700 feet of elevation. And the adventure truly starts on the downhill to Honeydew followed by the trip north through the wild and scenic Mattole Valley. Rough pavement (including several stretches of gravel road), the inevitable headwind along the coast and the formidable Wall and Endless Hills which stand between tired legs and the finish line make this one of California’s toughest 100 mile courses.
The first rest stop is in Humboldt Redwoods State Park at Mile 28.7; the second rest stop is at AW Way County Park at Mile 55; the third rest stop is north of Capetown at Mile 78. Due to the distance and difficulty of terrain between rest stops, riders are advised carry two water bottles and resupply with pocket food at each rest stop. Additional food and water are available at the Honeydew store (Mile 47), at the Petrolia store (Mile 61.5), and in the town of Ferndale (Mile 90.5).
With its rough roads and steep twisty descents, this is not the ride for your super light low spoke count carbon wheels. Instead, consider installing a pair of 28c tires with tough sidewalls on a sturdy set of rims, check your brake pads (or bring disc brakes), and make sure your gearing is adequate for the steep climbs!
Ride fee with on line registration is $75 until Sept 1st, when it increases to $85 until on line registration closes on Sept 14th. On site registration fee is $100.
This ride starts at 8am.