The Malibu Invitational Presented by Haute Route.
Hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, the Malibu Invitational is a smaller, more personal cycling experience focused on camaraderie, challenging rides in a stunning destination, and the service and support you trust from Haute Route.
Registration opens September 15, 2018. Entries are limited.
Guests of this three-day experience will ride full Haute Route distances through the Santa Monica Mountains with pro-level support, and includes the Malibu GRANFONDO on Saturday. Riders will experience the same customer care, support, and quality of a race-focused Haute Route event, but instead of the production of the finish line and professional timing, this event focuses on camaraderie and extra amenities such as longer massages and a private group dinner.
Riders will self-select into the A group or the B group. We will have ride leaders attached to each group to help everyone ride and work together. Dedicated follow cars will provide service on the road and set up rest stops for refueling, as well as carry all your gear. On Friday, sections of the route will be marked as competitive timed sections—you will need to record to Strava to be a part of the competition. On Saturday, we will use your chip times from the Malibu GRANFONDO timed segments. And on Sunday, the whole hill climb will be a timed section. Strava results will be final an hour after we return from each ride, and we will award prizes to riders with top times for the day.
Three-day event entry includes:
Malibu GRANFONDO Main Event and ALL included amenities
Three days of riding in the Santa Monica Mountains
Support vehicles for easy access to nutrition, hydration, and rider backpacks at any time during the stage
Experienced ride leaders guiding groups on the road
Dedicated follow vehicles
Mobile mechanics to keep you rolling
Daily bike wash and tune by professional mechanics
Thursday night welcome dinner
Three pre-ride breakfasts (with accommodations package)
Friday and Saturday post-ride massages
Two post-ride lunches and Sunday brunch
Haute Route back pack
Haute Route Kit - jersey, bib short, arm warmers
Exclusive event pricing for luxury accommodations at the Four Seasons
Unparalleled customer service
STAGE 1 - Friday, March 15
109 kilometers with 2,443 meters of elevation gain
Stage 1 includes iconic sections of Mulholland Highway, including the Rock Store climb. We’ll start by rolling through King Gillette Ranch and south along Mulholland Highway to the base of the climb up Stunt Road. This climb offers panoramic views at the top, including Angeles Crest, the San Gabriel Mountains, Pacific Coast, and Santa Monica Bay. The fun and twisting descent down Piuma provides a preview of the Stage 3 hill climb time trial. After riding back through Malibu Creek State Park, we’ll tackle the iconic Rock Store Climb, which has been featured in the Amgen Tour of California, including Stage 8 in 2014. Encinal Canyon Road will lead us to a sweeping descent to Pacific Coast Highway. Enjoy the expansive views of the ocean on the way down! After a short stretch on PCH, we’ll turn on to the Mulholland climb at Leo Carrillo State Park. Once you reach the summit, enjoy a mostly downhill ride back to Westlake Village.
Enjoy lunch when you return and a well-deserved massage as part of the Haute Route experience. Let our mechanics wash and tune your bike if you choose. Late afternoon/early evening we will have a quick briefing to acknowledge top riders in our timed section challenge and talk about details of Saturday’s ride. Dinner is on your own—enjoy the evening with new and old friends, and check out the great dining options in Westlake Village.
STAGE 2 - Saturday, March 16
151 kilometers with 1,768 meters of elevation gain
Saturday we will join the peloton for the Malibu GRANFONDO. This incredible event features a scenic ride through the farmland around Somis, a long coastal ride through Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway, and then the tough climb up Latigo Canyon! Course features three fully stocked, gourmet rest stops at 31km, 77km, and 119km, with the 10 Speed Coffee Truck on course after the final KOM climb at 134km.
When you reach the finish line, hand your bike to one of our mechanics to be washed and tuned, have a nice lunch, and enjoy hard-earned massage from our professional soigneurs. Socialize and get some rest in the afternoon before we host everyone to an evening reception where we will acknowledge top riders in our timed section challenge and talk about details of Sunday’s ride.
STAGE 3 - Sunday, March 17
67 kilometers with 1,374 meters of elevation gain
To cap off a great weekend, Stage 3 is a 66.8 kilometer ride that includes a 12 kilometer Piuma Hill Climb Time Trial segment. From Westlake Village we will roll out as a group along Mulholland Highway and through King Gillette Ranch, as we did on Stage 1. The Piuma hill climb starts as steady climb with short moments of respite until you crest the summit on Piuma Road. Timing stops here to allow for safe recovery down a short descent, particularly due to the sharp left turn onto Scheuren Road. Timing begins again on Scheuren Road, and ends at the top of Stunt Road. Following the descent we’ll roll back north on Mulholland Highway back to Westlake Village.
Riders can grab a shower in their room and pack up before we host a final brunch reception to celebrate the conclusion of the Malibu Invitational by Haute Route! Enjoy a beverage, trade stories, relive the amazing rides, and decide with your friends what Haute Route event you will join us for next year!