California Bight 400k/600k

  • Ride Type: ACP 400k / 600k (You can only sign up for one event. After starting you may not change events, e.g. if you sign up for the 600 and at the 400 finish don’t feel like doing the last 200 of the 600 you can’t switch to the 400.)
  • Date: April 27, 2019
  • Must be a current RUSA member to ride in this event.
  • Fee: 400k $80, 600k $90. Cash or checks payable to Channel Islands Bicycle Club (CIBC), CIBC members deduct $5. Click here to become CIBC member. Be sure to make out a separate check for CIBC membership.
  • Start Time: 400k/600k 04:00am
  • Reservations will be taken until 6:00PM April 23, 2019. NO day of ride signups. Please provide complete, accurate information when you reserve a spot, otherwise consider yourself DQ’ed.
  • 400k Time Limit: 27 Hours
  • 600k Time Limit: 40 Hours
  • 400k Ride Ends: 07:00am April 28, 2019
  • 600k Ride Ends: 08:00pm April 28, 2019
  • 400k Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29284610?privacy_code=VtpkZEJTvLvxGnk5
  • 600k Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29220412?privacy_code=DFYcUSyZESewGHP2
  • 400k Cue Sheet: (XLS)
  • 600k Cue Sheet: (XLS)
  • Start: Motel 6, San Luis Obispo North, 1433 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
  • 400k Rider Reservation Form must be completed and submitted. Registration will be completed at the start. Please fill in the form completely to not cause a delay in registration – Make sure you are reserving a spot for the correct distance.
  • 600k Rider Reservation Form must be completed and submitted. Registration will be completed at the start. Please fill in the form completely to not cause a delay in registration – Make sure you are reserving a spot for the correct distance. 
  • Rider Reservation List

The California Bight refers to the curved section of the California coastline between Point Conception and San Diego. This route starts just north of the Bight and finishes in Moorpark, so maybe we should have called it half a bight? (or would that be “bite”?)

This calls for some planning on the part of the rider. The route generally follows the path of the Amtrak Surfliner so it is relatively easy to take the train to get to the start/finish. Unfortunately, the trains don’t stop at the Moorpark station (which we used to reduce costs) but do stop in neighboring Simi Valley. We will have food at the finish as well as floor space in Moorpark to get some rest, but the best call for both 400 and 600 riders after finishing will be to get a hotel room in Simi Valley. We are planning on transporting riders and their bikes from Moorpark to their hotel rooms in Simi as they finish. Do NOT plan on driving home after the ride before getting some sleep. Just don’t. We can also transport a PBP sized drop bag from the start to Moorpark. If you make pre-arrangement with one of the suggested hotels below, we can drop your bag there too. Please make sure your drop bags have your name and RUSA number clearly marked. A colored ribbon will make it handy to identify in the pile of bags.

This all sounds a little complicated so here are a few suggested options.

  1. If you are coming from the south, travel to the nearest Amtrak Station on or before April 26 and take the Pacific Surfliner (no box required for your bike) to San Luis Obispo with your bike. There are only a few bike spots so reserve early. Get a hotel room in SLO, spend the night. Ride to the finish, get a room in Simi Valley, sleep and take the train home. If you live close to Simi you could just park your car at the train station in Simi, but please get some sleep before you use it.
  2. If you are coming from the north, the Pacific Surfliner does not travel north of San Luis Obispo. So, drive to SLO, park your car at the train station, ride to the finish, get a hotel room in Simi Valley, take the train back to SLO the next day. Again, there are only a few bike spots so reserve early.
  3. Get someone to drive and drop you off or pick you up at the start/finish.

The 400 finish and the overnight control for the 600 is in Moorpark. We will have floor space to sleep and plenty of food available. It can get a little noisy with everyone coming and going and if everyone decides to sleep in Moorpark there will not be enough space. Getting a hotel room before starting the dreaded climb on infamous Santa Rosa Road (it is really not that bad…) or in Simi would be a good call.

A hotel just off the course before/after Moorpark is the Courtyard by Marriott, Camarillo. Getting a room here would give a 600 rider three options for sleep – on the way to Moorpark, at Moorpark, on the way from Moorpark to Santa Barbara for the final 200k. For 600k riders, we can pick up drop bags from this hotel the following morning and will transport them to the finish in Moorpark.

A hotel just off the course, just before Moorpark, but 7.2 miles from the Amtrak Station if you choose to use it as an overnight and after the ride, is the Best Western Posada Royale Hotel & Suites. There are multiple other hotels in Simi Valley that are closer to the Amtrak station. Then again it might be good practice for those of you going to PBP to get a little ride in after the 600 finish.

We will email you the room number at the start hotel (Motel 6, 1433 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405) where you can register Friday night. This will also be where you can deliver your drop bag. If it is possible for you to drop your bag at the finish before the ride, please do so. Just email Greg to make arrangements.

Ride Organizers: Greg Jones(gsjco@pacbell.net), Foster Nagaoka(ftnagaoka@gmail.com), Linda Bott(bebotts@hotmail.com)