The Routes



Welcome to beautiful San Luis Obispo County, California’s Central Coast.

The City of Paso Robles is the epicenter for all Eroica California event activities. Paso Robles (El Paso de Robles) means “The Passage of Oaks”. The area has a rich agricultural history and is known for the rolling hills studded with beautiful California Oak trees, abundant vineyards and award winning wines. In addition to popular wine and food gatherings, the Tour of California has visited the area on several occasions and many cycling teams have chosen the area for winter training camps because of the ideal climate and terrain. The Santa Lucia range west of Paso Robles has some of the best cycling roads in the world that have been kept secret until now. Additionally, the nearby Pacific Ocean adds to the diversity of the region and also provides excellent riding. The stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway from San Simeon to Morro Bay offers some of the most stunning scenery found anywhere. 

Short Route 41 Miles

The Short Route is ideal for riders of all levels, but there will be some challenges with its undulating terrain.  The route explores the wine country to the east of Paso Robles and Templeton. Gravel ranch and vineyard roads travel through some of the most scenic areas of the Salinas River valley.  

  • Short Route: 41 miles                   
  • Ascent: 2227 ft
  • Unpaved Road: 12 miles
  • Start Times: 8:00am – 8:30am
  • Rest Stops:
  • Cass Winery - mile 11
  • Olea Farm Olive Oil Farm - mile 27

Medium Route 71 Miles

The Medium and Heroic Routes follow a similar course as the Short Route until returning to Paso Robles. Here the longer routes diverge and climb Kiler Canyon. Known to local cyclists as "Killer" Canyon, riders will encounter steep (17%) grades along a narrow, gravel road through a wooded canyon.

  • Medium Route: 71 miles
  • Ascent: 5237 ft
  • Unpaved Road: 18 miles
  • Start Times: 8:00am – 8:30am
  • Additional Rest Stop from Short Route:
  • Halter Ranch Winery - mile 57

Coastal Route 89 Miles

The Coastal Route the newest challenge. It was added in order to have a shorter version that included the coastal segments of the Heroic Route. The new course is located on the west side of Paso Robles and follows the Heroic Route to the Pacific Ocean. After leaving the Paso Robles Event Center, riders immediately head up Kiler Canyon. 

  • Coastal Route: 89 miles
  • Ascent: 7060 ft
  • Unpaved Road: 25 miles
  • Start times:
    • Nova Riders Only: 7:00am
    • Classic Riders: 7:30am – 8:00am
  • Rest Stops:
  • Halter Ranch - mile 17
  • Linn's Farm, Cambria - mile 36
  • Cayucos Pier - mile 55
  • 15C Templeton - mile 77

Heroic Route 130 Miles

This is the true Eroica route. The Long Route follows the medium course to the rest stop at Halter Ranch. At this point, instead of returning to Paso Robles, the Long Route begins its journey to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way you will encounter more challenging, gravel roads but the views are worth it.

  • Long/Heroic Route: 130 miles
  • Ascent:  9700 ft
  • Unpaved Road: 36 miles
  • Start times: 6:30am – 7:00am
  • Additional Rest Stops from Medium Route:
  • Linn's Farm, Cambria - mile 75
  • Cayucos Pier - mile 94
  • 15C Templeton - mile 116




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