95 Miles / 7,500'
Wildcat to Sierra Elementary
Upon leaving the Wildcat Rest Stop, Century riders will descend for 4 miles before turning left and continuing on Watts Valley Rd. and continuing up Burroughs Valley to the Sierra School rest stop. Terrain: Hilly, narrow descent on backside of Wildcat, gentle 2 mile climb up to Burroughs Valley
Caution: Wildcat descent in narrow and twisty. Sporadic curb and gravel through Burroughs Valley, sometimes a loose dog. Descent to Tollhouse road is steep and twisty, ride within your limits.
Sierra Elementary to Tollhouse Water Stop
The fun begins! Starting with a 7-mile climb up the OLD TOLLHOUSE GRADE, this climb starts off steep, gets a little easier, and then just grinds on forever. Pitches up to 13%. Between gasps for breath, try to spot rock climbers on the granite outcroppings above.
Traffic: very light
Caution: Narrow road with blind corners. STAY in your lane, SINGLE FILE
Tollhouse Water Stop to Shaver Lake Rest Stop: NOTE CHANGE
The last ½ mile from the water stop to HWY 168 is STEEP. Century riders will turn right onto the highway and continue climbing along Pine Ridge to the Shaver Lake rest stop. Enjoy the scenery and shaded sections along this portion. Shaver Lake is the turnaround point for the century riders.
Terrain: More climbing, 1000’ in 7 miles
Traffic: Light to moderate, watch for vehicles with trailers.
Caution: Some narrow and twisty sections, no shoulder. SINGLE FILE, STAY RIGHT
Shaver Lake Rest Stop to Pine Ridge Elementary School:
Fill up the bottles at Shaver Lake Rest Stop, rest a little, and hop back on the bike to enjoy more downhill as you descend the route you climbed in the morning. Make the right at the top of the 4 lane highway onto Auberry Road. Stop at Pine Ridge Elementary School Rest Stop for lunch and top off the bottles before descending into the Valley heat.
Traffic: Moderate on Hwy. 168, light on Auberry Rd.
Caution: Watch speed on descents, sand and gravel in the corners. DO NOT Descend down the 4 lane highway.
Pine Ridge Elementary School Lunch Stop to Millerton Store Rest Stop
After some “gentle” rollers along Auberry Rd. you will descend through scenic forests before making the long descent into Auberry. (WATCH THE CORNERS!) and the welcoming Valley heat. Look over your right shoulder along this stretch to catch glimpses of the high Sierra and the San Joaquin River water shed. Continue on Auberry Rd., through the quaint foothill town of Auberry, and you will rejoin the metric rider route to the Millerton Store before finishing in Clovis.
Terrain: Hilly, mostly descending with some rollers along the way.
Traffic: Moderate to heavy, especially the short stretch along Hwy. 168 before Prather
Caution: Watch the hairpin turns on the descent after lunch. Be sure exit Hwy. 168 in Prather by staying right, heading towards Millerton Lake
Millerton Store Rest Stop to Alta Sierra Middle School
Popsicles and cold towels await riders at the Millerton Store Rest Stop. More rollers await riders but the path to the finish is mostly downhill, sometimes with a tailwind, more often with a headwind. Riders must stay in the bike lane along Auberry Rd. Follow the signs and arrows for a fast trip back to Alta Sierra Middle School.
Terrain: Rollers, mostly a gentle downhill until Crybaby Hill and the Friant-Kern canal
Traffic: Moderate to heavy.
Caution: Follow the route sheet and course marking, ride single file, and stay right.