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97 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing
97 miles 2,800 feet • Recorded with a CicloSport HAC 4
Mile 42 (cat. 4)
Borrego Springs Century • Description
The Borrego Springs Century is a scenic desert ride through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is designed as two partially overlapping counter-clockwise loops, the first one measuring 65 miles and the second one 32 miles. The event is small but with fine support, including Julian apple pie and ice cream at the finish line.
Both loops start at Palm Canyon Resort, pass Christmas Circle, and continue on Borrego Springs Road (southbound). The first loop leads out-and-back to Highway 78, passing a tiny airport. Both loops then follow Yaqui Pass Road to Borrego Valley Road and Palm Canyon Drive. From here loop one continues out-and-back on Borrego Salton Seaway to the tower at the Imperial County line.
Both loops then follow Henderson Canyon Road, only the final part is different. The first loop continues on Borrego Springs Road (southbound), Verbena Drive, and Hoberg Road, while loop two follows Di Giorgio Road, Christmas Circle, and Borrego Springs Road (northbound), before leading through the Country Club and back to Palm Canyon Resort.
[Anza-Borrego Desert State Park]
About half of the ride I participated in pacelines, and the last loop I rode with Mike A. from Corona.
Along the course is an exhibition of free standing prehistoric sculptures, featuring creatures like mammoths, raptors, sabers, and more.
By: Bernd Straehle
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