Windmill Century Ride 2017

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Location: Pioneer Park, 1150 W. Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA

Windmill proceeds are used to support our
Bike Giveaway and Safety Program in local elementary schools.

Sometimes it's the unbeaten path that leads to the best discoveries. Such is the case in the Santa Maria Valley, where fine wine, world-famous barbecue and open roads make for a uniquely memorable and flavorful wine country experience.” …..The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.
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Ride through the scenic Santa Maria Valley, where open roads, fine wine, and world-famous BBQ make for a uniquely memorable Wine Country experience.


The goal of the Tailwinds Bicycle Club’s is to promote bicycle safety throughout the community, especially with children. The Windmill Century is a fund raising bike ride which is open to the public. All proceeds from the ride, less expenses, are given back to the community through our Bicycle Safety and Giveaway Program which is held in local elementary schools each year. The club also donates bikes to the Good Samaritan Shelter, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria, children in the CASA program, students attending Allan Hancock College (in need of a bike to get to and from the college) and financial support to the Veterans’ Ride 2 Recovery program, the Campaign Against Distracted Driving and the California and Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalitions (who work with California legislators to encourage the passing of safety laws for cyclists).

Choose from the Full Century, Metric Century, or the Quarter Century.

Registration fee includes: a commemorative T-shirt, SAG, delicious rest stops, route sheets, lunch on the Century route and, of course, Santa Maria Style BBQ; featuring beef, chicken or veggie, for everyone at the end of the ride.

You'll have a great day out in the countryside! What could be better?

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$60: Early Bird Discount -Register until May 20 (includes a T-shirt).
$75: Registration May 21 until June 23 (includes T-shirt)
$85: Registration June 24 until July 12 (No T-shirt)
$85: Day of Ride Registration: (No T-shirt)
Online Registration closes July 12
Extra BBQ meals…. $10.00

***We ride rain or shine. NO REFUNDS.***

Sign-In/On-Site Registration: Saturday July 15, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:30 A.M. No Friday Night Check-Ins. Course and BBQ close at 4 pm. Late starters will not be guaranteed ride services.

Where to Meet: The ride start and finish is at Pioneer Park, 1150 W. Foster Road, Santa Maria, California, off Hwy 101. From Hwy 101, take the Union Valley Parkway exit west. Turn Right (north) on Broadway (Hwy.135). Turn Left (west) on Foster Rd and continue 0.4 mile to the park. Plenty of parking is available.

Start times:
6:30am - Full Century
7:30am - Metric Century
8:30am - Quarter Century

Start early enough to finish by 4 pm when the course closes. Late starters are not guaranteed ride services.  Delicious goodies abound at our rest stops and a generous lunch stop is provided at the half-way point, for the 100 milers. The authentic Santa Maria Style BBQ, prepared by our own Santa Maria Elks Lodge 1538 at Pioneer Park, is for everyone at the end of their ride. Support and Gear (SAG) is provided for those who have mechanical problems or need assistance. The course is well marked. Detailed route instructions are provided to each rider.

Full Century ~ 100 miles (Elevation +5206 ft).
This loop heads out towards the hills of Casmalia, and climbs, passing Vandenberg AFB. You'll travel the back roads of Lompoc and head to the authentic Danish village of Solvang where you'll stop for a nourishing lunch. Then it's on through the picturesque roads of Ballard and Santa Ynez. You'll enjoy the winding country roads and the rolling hills along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, head back through the tiny towns of Sisquoc and Garey and through Orcutt where you'll complete your journey and enjoy a Santa Maria Style BBQ at Pioneer Park.
Full Century Route Map

Metric Century ~ 60 miles (Elevation +2790 ft).
It is a trip through beautiful back roads where you can take in the picturesque beauty of the Central Coast’s vineyards along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.
Metric Century Route Map

Quarter Century ~28 miles (Elevation +1035 ft).
It starts out flat as you head toward the country roads. There are some hill climbs that may be challenging for beginners but the beauty of the back country is worth the effort.
Quarter Century Route Map

Helmets are required. Please be careful and obey all traffic laws. Remember even if you have the right of way, always give way to the automobile. Some parts of the route have narrow bike lines. Use caution.

Hotel Information

The following hotels have blocked rooms for the Windmill Century 2017. Please call for reservations as soon as possible.

Radisson Hotel
3455 Skyway Dr
Telephone: 844-260-3147
20 rooms blocked. Ask for Tailwinds group rate for discounted rooms or book on Radisson Hotel website using promo code TWBIKE to get discounted rooms.

Santa Maria Inn
801 S Broadway
Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th.
Room rates range from $159.00-$189.00 per night excluding taxes.
Cut-off date for reservations is 6/15/17.
Request the Tailwind Bicycle group rate when making reservation.

Days Inn – Santa Maria
839 East Main Street
Telephone: 805/925-2551
Arrival Date: July 14, 2017
Room Rate: 2 double beds 1-2 adults $127.50… 3 adults $140.25…. 4 adults $153.00.
Request the Tailwind Bicycle group rate when making reservation.

Visit the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce website for additional information on local hotels, a dining guide, and a list of local wineries.

The Windmill Century is hosted by: Tailwinds Bicycle Club of Santa Maria

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