Channel Islands 300k/400k

This brevet weekend was started by Matthew O’Neill, who ran it in May in previous years. The 300K and 400K routes are run simultaneously on the same route up to about 280K. The course, barring coastal fog, has views of the Channel Islands off the coast of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The coast is usually very mild, with lows in the 50’s, and highs in the 70’s. Coastal fog can be thick at times, but a welcome cool for inland dwellers. The routes consist of 3 legs with the Bott home as the hub and returns here 3 times, which allows the pickup and drop of clothes and supplies.

The first 42 miles, with less than 900 feet of gain, is an out and back to Fillmore, via Telegraph Rd and South Mountain Rd. Then returning via Sycamore Canyon and a 3 mile run on 126 Fwy with wide shoulders.

The second leg is 122 miles with about 4000 feet gain out to El Capitan Canyon via Gobernador Canyon Rd, Toro Canyon Rd and East Mountain Rd. On clear days, East Mountain Road affords you great views of the Channel Islands and points of view to the south to the Santa Monica Mountains. The majority of the climbing are on these roads. The return is through Hope Ranch, Cabrillo Blvd and Hwy 1, which typically have tailwinds.

The third leg is 85 miles with less than 2000 feet of gain, it works its way to west Ventura, then south to Oxnard, where the 300k turns around and returns to Ventura. The 400K continues on to Port Hueneme on the way to Trancas in Malibu. The return is by Camarillo, across north Oxnard then to Ventura.

Ride Organizer: Foster Nagaoka (ftnagaoka@gmail.com)