September 30, 2023
The Lighthouse Century is a group cycling event, usually on the last week of September, that allows riders to experience the brilliant oceanside views and lush, rolling inland hills on the Central Coast.
The ride, which travels through Cambria and San Simeon, offers four routes traveling along the Central Coast between Morro Bay, the Piedras Blancas Light Station, and the Donaty Winery on Highway 46. Scenic vistas of the Central Coast and cool ocean breezes make this beautiful ride a classic that sells out every year, so reserve your place early.
The Lighthouse Century starts off Atascadero Road in Morro Bay. Four routes of different lengths yield a variety of experiences. The ride includes:
- Rest stops with quality food
- SAG support
- Bicycle mechanics at the starting point and rest stops
- Volunteers ready to help with whatever you need
- Post-ride meal, dessert, and drinks provided for all registered riders (with a vegetarian meal option)
- Pre-ordered custom shirts
- A great experience, rain or shine!
How to Register for SLOBC Lighthouse Century
Participation in the Lighthouse Century is pre-registration only. Registration closes at 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2023.
Registration is capped at 1,000 riders. Check out the Lighthouse Century page for registration directions and availability.
If the ride is full, you can look for someone who is willing to give their registration spot to you and ask them to transfer their registration to you.
SLOBC Lighthouse Century Routes
The capstone Century Route is a 95-mile hike on the bike that climbs 6,000 feet. It’s the only route that travels a regionally famous road for cyclists, Old Creek Road, and includes a stop at Donaty Winery.
The 75-Mile Route opts to head straight on Highway 1 from Morro Bay to the Piedras Blancas Light Station lighthouse. The 2,700-foot elevation climb through a few steep ascents and descents will test you on this ride. However, the route travels through several cyclist-friendly towns, including Cambria.
65-Mile Route (Metric Century)
This route, which cuts the 75-Mile Route at Cypress Tree, just shortly after passing San Simeon, is just over 100 kilometers long. The shorter route will give you more time to enjoy the vista points off Highway 1.
This route is a shorter segment of our Avila Beach Route or Cambria Route. Routing from Morro Bay to Cambria, you’ll be riding the same route and taking in the same experience that leads cyclists from all over the world to ride the Central Coast.
Lodging for Lighthouse Century
The Central Coast is home to many beautiful lodging properties that will allow you to hang up your clips, and relax after your ride—including Cambria.
Book your seaside stay in this popular coastal community!