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The 2015 Heartbreak Double Century (Staff ride 5-20-15)

Heartbreak......looking down on the Lockwood Valley I have done this event many, many times over the years. This event was born due to the closure of the Highway on the Tour of Two Forests course back in the early 90’s when heavy rains caused a mountain side to come down on Hwy 33 above Ojai. In fact, this was the course Vince and I rode back in the 1993 wash-out of the Tour of Two Forests re-route. (It was early June and it rained and sleeted on the ride. 250 started……22 of us finished. It was brutal to say the least.)  It was closed for many years and the organizers were forced to change the route of the event from a Southerly approach to the Lockwood Valley and the Heartbreak Hill climb to an approach backtracking out of Palmdale on the Tour of Two Forest return course then adding the climb to Pine Mountain Club and Apache Saddle before the long descent to Hwy 166 and then approaching Lockwood Valley through the CuyamaValley . This year I did it as a s