• New for 2018:
    • The Start / Finish location will be at:

      Salinas Valley Fairgrounds (625 Division Street, King City, CA 93930)

    • With the newly constructed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 we will have our original loop course for 2018:

    • The route is tentative pending final permit approval from the counties. Feel free to upload this route to your navigation device with the caveat that road or weather conditions may force us to change the route at the last minute. You will receive the official cue sheet in your rider packet.
    • A point-to-point century ride option (King City to Big Sur with shuttle service back to King City) is added.

Ride Description

  • The course starts and ends at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City. In the morning, riders will ride north toward Greenfield climbing Cahoon Summit to Carmel Valley through the famous golden hills of California and through some of the richest agricultural areas in America. From Carmel Valley, the course continues northwest toward the world-renowned Carmel-by-the-Sea, then heads south on the beautiful rugged stretch of California coastline, State Route 1. To the east, the Santa Lucia Mountains provide a breathtaking border, and to the west, there is nothing but steep cliffs, hidden beach coves, and ocean as far as the eye can see. Point of interests are Bixby Creek Bridge, Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, and Grimes Point Scenic Overlook. Lunch will be served in Big Sur at Mile 103.


  • After lunch riders will continue heading south on State Route 1 toward Lucia, then will climb the famous Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, the only road across the Santa Lucia Range, connecting State Route 1 and the Big Sur coast to U.S. Route 101 and the Salinas Valley. The road heads east from the Pacific Ocean into the high country of Big Sur; after 7 mile scenic ascend it reaches the summit at an altitude of 2,780 feet. The road descends through the heavily forested eastern side of the ridge, passes through the U.S. Army's Fort Hunter Liggett, and ends at Mission Road in Jolon. Riders will then continue east onto Jolon Road toward a 20 mile out-and-back 'Lockwood-Hesperia-Lockwood' segment before heading north to finish in King City. Total mileage will be 201 miles with ~14,000 ft. of elevation gain.

Time limit

  • Double Century: The time limit will be 20 Hours. The event has an open start window from 04:00 to 06:00. All double century riders MUST be on the course by 06:00. Riders have until midnite to complete (with intermediate cut-off times at rest stops that correlate to a midnite finish)


  • King City-Big Sur Century: The King City-Big Sur Century has an open start window from 06:00 to 07:00. All century riders MUST be on the course by 07:00. Last shuttle leaving from Big Sur back to King City leaves at 17:00.


  • This is an endurance ride, not a race, not a timed event. Ride your bike with friends, take in the scenery. Just finish!



  • The Carmel Valley Double Century (& Century) is fully supported. Ride support includes 7 full rest stops, all stocked with signature cycling food / beverages and plenty of options for vegetarians. Lunch will be served at Rest Stop #4 in Big Sur (Mile 103). There will be a catered dinner at the finish (Mile 201)


  • Full SAG support along the entire course


  • Rest stops’ open and close times are based on 04:00 start:
    • First Half: (for Century riders the below closing times will be + 2 additional hours)
      • START (Mile 0) Salinas Valley Fairgrounds (03:30 – 06:30), restrooms
      • Rest Stop #1 (Mile 26) Arroyo Seco (05:30 – 08:30), portable toilet
      • Rest Stop #2 (Mile 37) Cahoon Summit (07:00 – 11:00)
      • Rest Stop #3 (Mile 67) Carmel-by-the-Sea (09:00 – 12:00), Carmel Bicycle in Carmel Rancho Shopping Center with restrooms
      • Rest Stop #4 (Mile 103) Big Sur - LUNCH(11:00 – 14:00), portable toilet, shuttle service for century riders back to King City
    • Second Half:
      • Rest Stop #5 (Mile 128) Nacimiento-Fergusson Road Summit (13:00 – 18:00), portable toilet
      • Rest Stop #6 (Mile 155 & 175) Lockwood (14:00 – 22:00), convenience store with portable toilet
      • Rest Stop #7 (Mile 165) Hesperia Hall (15:00 – 21:00), portable toilets
      • FINISH (Mile 201) Salinas Valley Fairgrounds (16:00 – 01:00), POST-RIDE MEAL, restrooms


  • Obey all California Vehicle Code rules.


  • Helmets are mandatory.


  • Light Requirements: The Carmel Valley Double has open start window from 04:00 to 06:00 in the dark and could, depending on your speed, potentially end in the dark. Working lights are mandatory for the start of the Carmel Valley Double Century – NO EXCEPTIONS. Reflective ankle bands and reflective vest are also required before sunrise and after sunset.


  • Sunrise is at 06:35 and sunset is at 19:42 on Saturday, August 25th, 2018.


  • All riders who abandon the event must call the Ride Director's number located on the bottom of the route sheet.


  • All riders must check in with volunteers at each rest stop or be disqualified.


  • Personal SAG vehicles are not allowed. Any rider with private SAG will be disqualified and will lose California Triple Crown credit. We do, however, welcome Volunteers.


  • All riders and volunteers must sign the release form that will be available at check-in, or they will not be allowed to participate.


  • Carmel Valley Double (CVD) volunteer policy: If you, or a family member helps out on the day of the ride, or makes a significant contribution before or after, you or your family member gets 1/2 off our CVD ride in the next year. Or, the person that helps, or their designated rider may join us on one of our fully supported CVD workers rides.


  • The Workers Ride is a fully supported ride of the entire course, and counts as a double for purposes of the California Triple Crown. To qualify,you must work a minimum of one four-hour shift at one of the CVD rest stops on ride day.


  • We offer two Workers Ride dates: Thursday, August 23th and Saturday, September 8th, 2018.


  • Please register for either Workers Ride’s date via email ‘’.


  • Please use the following California Triple Crown URL to register to volunteer for CVD:




  • Register early! REGISTRATION WILL BE CLOSED once we have received 200 entries for the double and 100 entries for the century, or at 12:00 noon on Monday, August the 20th, whichever occurs first. Please register early. NO DAY-OF-EVENT REGISTRATION.


  • Check in either on Friday evening (18:00 – 21:00), or on early Saturday morning (03:30 – 05:30) at Salinas Valley Fairgrounds.


  • No rider exchanges, transfers, or refunds.


  • Cost:

$110 – Double Century (max. 200 entries)

$ 90 – King City-Big Sur Century (max. 100 entries) Including shuttle ride back to the start in King City.

The Carmel Valley Double Century & Century is a private event for XeDapViet members Only. Registration includes membership in the XeDapViet Cycling Club through September 30th, 2018.


  • Special thanks to everyone who makes this ride possible. This ride would not exist but for the support of countless individuals (and their families).

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