2017 Grizzly Peak Century

Rider Responsibility

  • The Grizzly Peak Century is a tour, not a race. Riders must obey the California Vehicle Code, and follow all the rules of the road. Riders may be cited for violations of the Vehicle Code.
  • Riders must wear bicycle helmets at all times when on their bicycles. No helmet — no route sheet, no food, no exceptions.
  • Riders are responsible to ensure that their bicycles are in superb mechanical condition, especially cables, brakes, tires and bar-end plugs. For a pre-century bike check, see our sponsors page.
  • Riders should carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump, a water bottle (two, if forecast temps are above 70 degrees), money, and identification.
  • Please be courteous to other road users. Your behavior reflects on our entire bicycling community.

Food Safety

Riders are requested to keep unwashed hands and bike gloves away from the food tables. We ask that you remove your bike gloves and wash/disinfect your hands, or else let the century volunteers serve you your food. We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you.

Clothing Drop at Island Rest Stop

You can drop excess clothing at the first Rest Stop (Island) and we'll move it to Campolindo (the finish). Not from other Rest Stops. You just fill a paper bag, write your name on it, and we'll transfer the bags. We'll do our best, but you use this Clothing Drop at your own risk.

Don't follow!

The century takes place on popular cycling roads. There will be riders on the course who are not doing the century, or not doing the route you are riding. Our own mixed-terrain riders will leave the course and rejoin it periodically. Don't follow! Do your own navigation.

Support

Our famous Grizzly Peak Century post-ride meal is hearty, homemade, and hot — gourmet cycling food with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The five rest stops along the way provide fruit, handcrafted cookies, homemade breads, and more prosaic carbs.

Drinks, etc. We provide Gu Brew, water, and some sodas. We do not provide sports gels or bars, nor any other sports drinks other than what may be provided by our sponsors. If you need these, bring your own.

Route maps and cue sheets are provided. The routes are clearly marked on the road. The route marks consist of painted yellow arrows with the letters GPC.

Basic mechanic service is available at most rest stops. Mechanics can make emergency fixes, but don't expect them to replace a derailer or overhaul your headset.

SAG vehicles patrol the route. They will help you if they can, and they will transport you forward on the course if need be. SAG drivers carry spare cables, tubes, and tires (common sizes only). You'll be asked to pay for any supplies used; carry some cash. Outside of emergencies, the SAG drivers' first duty is to aid riders who are continuing under their own power. Keep this in mind if you accept a ride from them. SAG drivers are not mechanics, nor taxi drivers.

Photographs

The 2017 GPC Century was photographed by West World Images. Find your picture here. If that link takes you to last year's photos, it will be updated when this year's are available.
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T-shirt art from the 2013 Century by Stephen Linden