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					      The 2009
Santa Clarita Century
         &
  Family Fun Ride
                                                                                                                               The Santa Clarita Century




Contents
    When is the Ride?................................................................................................................................................. 3
    Where is the Start? ............................................................................................................................................... 3
    About the Event ................................................................................................................................................... 4
    The Course ............................................................................................................................................................ 5
    Registration ........................................................................................................................................................... 7
    Family Ride ........................................................................................................................................................... 8
    Post Ride Lunch ................................................................................................................................................... 8
    Bike Expo .............................................................................................................................................................. 8
    Sag Stops................................................................................................................................................................ 9
    Safety ...................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Index
    Ride Rules ............................................................................................................................................................ 10




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                                                            The City of Santa Clarita and
                                                       The Santa Clarita Child & Family Center
                                                                                  The Santa Clarita Century



Welcome, to the first annual Santa Clarita Century presented by the City of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita
Velo, and Vita Nova Mosaics. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Santa Clarita Child and
Family Center. Sponsors include Performance Cyclery, Bicycle John’s Serious Cycling, and others.
February is a very exciting month for cycling in California and we are proud to be sponsoring our event
the Sunday following the Tour of California.
This document will serve as the Event Bible for participants, answering questions they may have
concerning the event.


When is the Ride?
Saturday, February 28, 2009.

Ride Start Times
The Santa Clarita Century is not a race but an event that will mean different things to different people.
Some will view it as a challenge; others will take it as a social opportunity; all will leave with a memorable
experience. The following start times are planned:
         7:00 am            Century
         8:00 am            Half-Century
         10:30 am           Family Fun Ride

Expected Finish Times
Cyclists come in a variety of shapes, sizes & abilities. Some have no trouble with climbs, some have
trouble with descents. Because of this, it is difficult to estimate an exact time that riders will finish, so the
following times are a generalization:
         12—4 pm            Century
         11—12 pm           Half-Century
         11—12 pm           Family Ride

Cut-Off Time
Due to safety concerns, the SC2 will only be run during daylight hours. As such, riders intending on
finishing the Century route must make the turn off Sierra Highway onto Sand Canyon Rd (mile 73) no
later than 3pm. If riders reach this point after that, they will be re-directed straight on Sierra Highway to
the bike path and the three miles back to the start/finish. This will give riders an approximate total of 78-
miles for their ride.

Event Closing
The Santa Clarita Century will officially close at sun-down. All riders are expected to be finished and off
the course(s) by 5:30pm. SAG and rider support at the last station, LA County Fire Station #123, at mile–
80, will close at 4:00pm.


Where is the Start?
The start of our event is at the MetroLink Santa Clarita Station on Soledad Canyon Road. It is a large facility
with plenty of parking and opportunity for future growth. Centrally located in Santa Clarita, the Station
will allow plenty of room for the bicycle expo and post–ride lunch as well as automobile parking.
You can use the following address to look up in your favorite online mapping site:



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         Santa Clarita (MetroLink Station)
         22122 Commuter Way
         Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Directions
Points North & South
Santa Clarita, about 30-miles north-west of Los Angeles, is easily accessible from the Golden State
Freeway (Interstate 5).
         Take Exit #169 for Valencia Blvd east-bound.
         Valencia Blvd will meander east and north for 2.5 miles to the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Rd.
         At the intersection, proceed straight onto Soledad Canyon Rd. for 1.2 miles.
         Turn right at the light for Commuter Way into the MetroLink Santa Clarita Station.
         Signs for parking will be posted.

Points North & East
From the Palmdale/Lancaster area, drivers will want to take Route 14 south toward Los Angeles and into
Santa Clarita (approximately 27-miles south of Palmdale).
                 Take Exit 9, Sand Canyon Rd.
                 Turn left onto Soledad Canyon Rd. and drive west for 6.3 miles.
                 Turn left at Commuter Way.
                 Signs for parking will be posted.


About the Event
Santa Clarita Velo, in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center,
is presenting the first annual Santa Clarita Century and Family Fun Ride. The month of February is an
exciting time for California bicycling. The Amgen Tour of California’s 7th stage rides some of the very
same roads SC2 cyclists will see as they climb to the rim of our valley. The routes showcase the majestic
valleys and mountains of beautiful Santa Clarita while supporting a very worthwhile, and beneficial cause
to local families.
Proceeds from the event go directly to the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center. The center has been
providing quality mental health, behavioral and educational services for children and families in Santa
Clarita since 1976. The Child & Family Center is dedicated to helping youth, adults and families reach
their full potential for becoming caring, responsible individuals.
Santa Clarita is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles, California, with an estimated 2008 population of
177,045. Located about 35-miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita is considered the 6th safest city in
America by the FBI. In 2006, Money Magazine rated Santa Clarita as one of the top-100 places to live.
Home to Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, College of the Canyons, and California Institute of the Arts,
Santa Clarita is an excellent place to live and play!
Santa Clarita Velo is a local bicycle club in Santa Clarita with over 100 members. We are a nonprofit
organization promoting bicycling and bicycle safety in our Valley. As a member of USA Cycling (USAC)
the Velo promotes a sanctioned race every year. Two such events have been successfully hosted for the
last 14 years: the Chuck Pontius Memorial Criterium in Valencia and the Punchbowl Road Race outside
Palmdale. The Pontius Criterium has been co-sponsored by the City of Santa Clarita since its inception
and in 2008 there were nearly 500 racers participating.




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The Course
Beginning and ending in the heart of Santa Clarita Valley, riders will follow a portion of the 7th stage of
the 2009 Tour of California. Both routes provide spectacular views of the Santa Clarita and Antelope
Valleys.
Century and half-century riders both follow Soledad Canyon east to Acton. On the way, there is a short,
½-mile climb leading to a tunnel overlooking the Antelope Valley railroad line. Continuing past, riders will
enjoy the hills and countryside as they reach the water stop at the Knob on Soledad Canyon. If more than
water is needed, a store at this location has drinks and snacks available. From this point, the road easily
stair-steps up to Santiago Canyon and the first SAG stop at Bicycle John’s in Acton.

Half-Century
After the SAG, half-century riders make a right turn out of Bicycle John’s: up and over Sierra Highway
and down into Santa Clarita along a fun, 8-mile descent. Crossing Soledad Canyon, riders turn right to
pick up the Santa Clarita trail with a straight return to the finish.




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Century
Meanwhile, the 100 mile route leaves Bicycle John’s SAG stop in Acton and climbs Aliso Canyon. This
will afford riders a challenging climb––the longest and hardest of the course, averaging about 8% with a
short, steep section of 12% at the very top. After catching their breath, riders turn left onto Angeles
Forest Highway and descend 2 miles before turning right onto Mount Emma Road. From here the course
undulates down to Palmdale, going through a small section of the city, eventually making a right turn onto
Sierra Highway. Riders will get much needed fuel as they return to Bicycle John’s in Acton and finally
taking Sierra Highway back down into Santa Clarita.
After an easy and restful 8-mile descent, riders turn left onto a short, steep climb to the top of Sand
Canyon Road with a fast descent on the other side. Watch your downhill speed and be sure to slow down
and stop at the intersection with Soledad Canyon. The route continues straight on Sand Canyon and
gently climbs up through the beautiful horse properties of Canyon Country to the final SAG stop at LA
Fire Station #123 at mile-80. Riders turn up Placerita Canyon Road, climbing to the top before enjoying a
fast, 5-mile descent back to Sierra Highway. Two last little surprises await riders: following Sierra Highway
south, skirting Newhall, they ascend a 1–mile climb up and over Newhall Pass. Not overly difficult––the
climb averages 6–8%-–the legs will feel it after the previous 85+ miles.
Down the other side, riders face one last, short test, back over the western edge of the Newhall Pass on
The Old Road. Slightly steeper than the Sierra Highway climb they just conquered, this ascent is shorter
and over before you know it. Riders zoom down the other side and into Newhall, and finally, Valencia. A




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short, completely flat, 10–mile through Santa Clarita and onto the bike trail brings the riders finally to the
finish. Congratulations!!


Points of Note on the Routes
Commuter Way & Soledad Canyon Road
Century & Half–Century Volunteers will be stationed at this intersection throughout the day to control
the cross way indicator button. We anticipate riders will start at 7:00 am. The last rider must be off the
course by 5:00 pm.
We will also have volunteers on the Family Ride, at the two water stations, and located along the course.

Sierra Highway & Soledad Canyon Road Intersection
Half–Century Only Lanes are wide, but remain cautious approaching this intersection, as motor vehicle
traffic can be heavy. Signal your intentions well in advance and be watchful of traffic.

Angeles Crest Highway & Mt. Emma Road
Century & Half–Century Riders will make a right-hand turn from Angeles Crest Highway onto Mt.
Emma Road at the bottom of a fast-paced descent. Mt. Emma Road is not clearly marked with permanent
road signs. The event will post large signs indicating the approaching turn.

Soledad Canyon Road & Route 14 Interchange
Century Only After climbing out of Palmdale, riders should be alert for an increase of motor vehicle
traffic along the Soledad Canyon Road and Route 14 interchange. Extra support has been requested for
this area, but riders are always responsible for their own safety.

25th Street East & East Avenue S Intersection
Century Only Be cautious approaching this intersection, as motor vehicle traffic may be heavy. Signal
your intentions well in advance and be looking for safe opportunities before turning.


Registration
Riders may pre-register by mail before February 20th or online before February 24th.
This year, our ride is limited to 350 riders. Riders will want to check the website or email
irenetjohnson@yahoo.com before attempting to register the day of the event.
Registration fee includes:
     Ride registration
     Bicycle Expo
     Fully stocked, water and food SAG stops
     Route slip for 50 or 100 mile ride
     Roving SAG and mechanical support
     One commemorative event T-shirt?

Cost
Entry prior to deadlines is $50 single rider, $75 tandem team. After deadlines, a $10 late-charge will be
added ($60 single, $85 tandem).

By Mail
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Complete the entry form and return with check or money order payable to:
         Santa Clarita Velo
         P.O. Box 222014
         Santa Clarita, CA 91322
The entry form can be found online at http://www.santaclaritacentury.com/. Entry by mail must be
postmarked no later then February 20, 2009.

Online
You may register online at http://www.socalreg.com with your credit card until February 24, 2009.

Day of Event
Registration will be available Saturday morning from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. if we have not sold out
ahead of time. Add a $10 fee ($60 single riders, $85 tandem teams).


Family Ride
The Family Ride is a 6–mile route, all on our wonderful Santa Clarita bike paths, sheltered from city auto
traffic. The event will start at 10:30am and is $10 per person. Each participant will have a ride number.
The first 100 participants will receive an event t-shirt. Online and day-of registration will be available.
Each adult will be required to fill out a waiver for themselves and their children.
Starting and ending at the Metro Link Station it will provide families with a fun Saturday morning and one
that celebrates the healthy, Santa Clarita lifestyle. Back at the start, riders will enjoy the Bike Expo and
post-ride lunch as they cheer on the first century- and half-century riders to finish.


Post Ride Lunch
Catered by Italia Panetteria and Deli, a fund–raiser lunch will be available to riders/family/friends after the
ride at the Metro Link Station in Santa Clarita. Lunch will be served from 11:00am until 5:00pm on a first
come, first served basis. Tickets are available at the lunch tent for $7 per person.


Bike Expo
The expo will include local shops and bike equipment retailers. Exhibitors will be setup by 6:30am and the
close at 5:00pm. Exhibitors will showcase products and services ranging from tech-support to souvenir
items.
Confirmed vendors as of this writing:
        The City of Santa Clarita                                        Serfas Glasses
        Santa Clarita Velo                                               Road Magazine
        Performance Cyclery                                              Cannondale
        Valley Bicycles                                                  Fluid
        Marin                                                            Bonk Breaker
        Torelli                                                          2XU
        Scott Bikes                                                      Reynolds




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Sag Stops
SAG (Support And Gear) stops along the century and half–century routes will each have some of the
following items: fresh fruit, trail mix or salted peanuts or pretzels, sandwiches, bagels, cookies, sports gels,
energy bars, endurolytes, bottled water, and sports drinks.
Abundant Harvest Organics, a California farming co–op, has graciously signed on as a partner for our event.
They will supply fresh, wholesome and healthy fruit at each SAG stop.
Riders of organized events such as this will always want to bring some of their own, tried–and–true energy
supplies and/or drink mixes. The possibility exists that you will not enjoy the particular brand of drink
mix or energy products supplied.

Century
Century riders will receive excellent support, adequately spaced approximately 20—25 miles apart, giving a
total of four (4) places to re-fuel or replenish water before finishing:
     Soledad Canyon Road & the Rio Store (water only),
     Bicycle John’s, Acton,
     Bicycle John’s Acton, and
     LACFD Station #123 at Sand Canyon & Placerita Canyon Roads

Half-Century
The half-century route will include one SAG stop with food and drinks and one water stop. This will
allow riders to get water every 15 miles and food after about 25 miles:
     Soledad Canyon Road & the Rio Store (water only), and
     Bicycle John’s, Acton.

Family Fun Ride
There is one SAG stop scheduled for the Family Fun Ride, allowing riders of all ages to enjoy a little
refreshment half-way through there six (6) mile route. The SAG stop will provide to registered riders
water and cookies.


Safety
Helmets are mandatory and, in addition, it is recommended that each rider bring:
     Two (2) water bottles,
     A basic flat-changing kit with at least a spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, pump, and
     Warm clothing in layers that can be shed and packed away as the day warms up.
All riders are expected to respect and follow all state, county and local traffic laws as well as observe
common cycling courtesy and etiquette.

Personal Belongings
Event volunteers and directors will not SAG clothing or other personal belongings. Riders must be
prepared to carry what they need for the entire ride.




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                                                    Index

Ride Rules
Safety is the most important goal for the organizers and sponsors of this event. The purpose of Santa
Clarita Velo is to promote cycling in the Santa Clarita Valley. As such, we expect event participants to give
a positive image for the cause of cycling and not cause for resentment.
Bicycle riders have the same responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles operating on public roads and
must obey all traffic regulations, including traffic control signals and signs, pedestrian and other right-of-
way rules, lane indications, and just plain common sense. Riders should come to a complete stop with
their foot down at traffic signals and stop signs, control their speed on descents and remain single file
unless conditions clearly, and safely, permit otherwise.
Riders who wantonly and repeatedly violate vehicular codes, ride unsafely, or are discourteous, rude or
dangerous to others will not be allowed to enter future events and may potentially receive traffic citations
from local police for vehicle code violations. The Santa Clarita Century Event, nor its sponsors, partners,
or volunteers are responsible for mishaps, altercations, or fines imposed upon riders.
We insist that riders adhere to the following event rules for their comfort and well-being, the safety of
fellow riders, and the minimal disruption of motorists and residents of the Valley:

    1.    Riders must start at the “official” start line - Riders may not start in other areas of the MetroLink
          Station;
    2.    Riders must wear an approved helmet (ANSI or CPSC certified);
    3.    Riders must not cross a solid yellow line, whether double, or single on their side of the road (a no-
          passing zone);
    4.    Riders must show and practice common courtesy - un-sportsmanlike or discourteous conduct of
          any kind is prohibited;
    5.    Riders must obey Police, Bike Patrol and Event Officials;
    6.    When on the Santa Clarita Bicycle Trail paths, riders must ride safely and predictably staying
          to the right of the yellow line, passing slower riders on the left only when clear and safe to do so,
          allowing faster riders to do the same, and yielding the right–of–way to pedestrians and other path
          users;
    7.    No rider may urinate in public (this is a criminal offense);
    8.    No rider may draft or hold onto any motorized vehicle;
    9.    Aero-type and other, similar, auxiliary handlebars are prohibited;
    10.   Riders must obey traffic control officers & personnel, and traffic control devices & signs, unless
          otherwise directed by an Official;
    11.   Riders must read and know California State and Los Angeles County bicycle laws, and must
          yield to emergency vehicles at all times, even if the road is closed;
    12.   Riders must give the right of way to other road users, including bicycles and motor vehicles, when
          legally required to;
    13.   Riders must stay to the right of cones set up at intersections, unless directed otherwise by Police
          or Event Official(s);
    14.   Riders must bicycle single file, when possible, unless the road is closed to motor vehicle traffic (any
          road closures will be announced on Event day), or a police escort is provided;
    15.   Friends and/or family support crews may meet and provide support to their Rider(s) only at
          an official SAG Stations, and may not follow Riders on the Route;
    16.   Hand-offs at Aid Stations, or anywhere on the route, are prohibited – Riders must stop to
          receive support, and must always pull completely off the pavement, staying out of the path of bicycle
          & motor vehicle traffic;
    17.   Riders must verbally warn others when they overtake them – call out "Passing", "your left"’, or
          "on your Left" (the simpler, the better);
    18.   Riders are not permitted to continue riding after sunset – the event has finished by this time;


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19. Riders who drop out of the event must notify an Event Official, by informing a SAG Station
    Director, or calling the Event Hotline phone number. Be sure to give your name;
20. Riders not turning from Sierra Highway onto Sand Canyon Road by 3:00pm will be redirected
    to continue straight down Sierra Highway to the bike path and back to the start/finish area. Total
    distance for this detour is approximately 75-miles.
21. The Santa Clarita Century is finished at 5:00 pm (PST) and all course support will be closed. Any
    Riders still on the Route will be required to stop, and will be transported to the Finish line by Event
    Officials and/or volunteers.
22. Riders are solely responsible for all their items of personal belongings. We cannot be
    responsible for any items of personal belongings whatsoever, whether lost, stolen, placed in our
    care, or misplaced.




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