It's here!! The Santa Clarita Century
Leaving from the Metro Link Santa Clarita Station, both the 50 mile and 100 mile routes share the first 25 miles up to Acton. The route provides spectacular views of the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. Some of the distant mountains may still have snow-capped peaks—an excellent photo opportunity. Riders will enjoy the hills and countryside as they proceed to the first water stop at the Knob at mile 15. From here riders continue the rolling climbs into Acton and the 1st SAG stop at Bicycle John’s.
52 miles and 2,400 feet of climbing
Riders leave Bicycle John’s and briefly climb to the top of Sierra Highway before descending back to Santa Clarita along a nice, 10-mile long, gradual downhill. Riders continue across Soledad Canyon to a dedicated Bike Path and back to the start for an invigorating 52 mile morning.
100 miles and 5,900 feet of climbing
After leaving Bicycle John’s in Acton, century riders will join a portion of the difficult 7th stage of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California as they ascend Aliso Canyon into Angeles National Forest. A left turn, quick descent and another climb to the summit of Mount Emma Road. From here the course briefly sojourns into Palmdale and back to Acton via Sierra Highway. With more than half their ride done, riders will get much needed fuel again at Bicycle John’s in Acton and then follow Sierra Highway back into Santa Clarita.
A left turn onto Sand Canyon with a quick wall will take riders to Placerita Canyon, Sierra Highway and over both parts of Newhall Pass, finishing on a nice, flat, 10-miles to the end.