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Are there any Double Century events on the East Coast?(10 posts)

Are there any Double Century events on the East Coast?AllUpHill
Feb 6, 2002 12:41 PM
I think the time has arrived for me to become a real man and do a double this spring/summer. I'd like to eventually be able do one solo, but I'm looking for an environment with lotsa food, mech.-support and other riders for my first ones :-)

Reading a post here a couple days ago really made me wish I lived on the West Coast. The discussion was on which of the many doubles out there to ride, some of which I hear a lot about, but I never seem to hear mention of any in my part of the country.

How prepared should one be for their first time in order to finish without much difficulty? At this moment (based on the past 2 weekends), ~100 hilly miles solo is pretty comfortable for me, and much easier with even one other person. Would you say that if get to the point of comfortably doing ~150 solo, I'm set for a double en groupe?

Thanks. Any info on events or on preparation would be great.
re: Are there any Double Century events on the East Coast?JL
Feb 6, 2002 12:53 PM
Check out the "Longest Day" in NJ ( Click on the EVENTS link. I think you need your own SAG though.

One in PA is "only" 177 miles called the Nightmare Tour of Lancaster County (

The last one I found is the Jersey Double (

Good luck finding others or closer to where you live.

Happy Riding.

Nightmare tourlook271
Feb 6, 2002 4:33 PM
11k ft climbing. 177 miles. Not cheap (high entrance fee or you must help with one of their other rides). This ride is a killer. Here's the url
11k ft? that's nothingcyclopathic
Feb 6, 2002 5:31 PM
I've ridden centuries with more climbing then that.

There's a nice ride in Finger Lake area Quadzilla 350 or 400mi with grades out of hell (22%, people have trouble riding it with 12-27 and triples) check it out at

if you're interested in 10,000+ centuries we'll be riding some in a mo or so when days get longer and warmer drop me e-mail
11k ft? that's nothingAllUpHill
Feb 6, 2002 6:16 PM
10k ft. in a century ... That's trivial where I am. :-) Saturday I did 105 miles solo with 11k ft. of climbing. Come here for the Mountains of Misery in May. Very popular. It's right in my back yard.
...well...Js Haiku Shop
Feb 6, 2002 12:55 PM
mad dog 200, kentucky.

clarksville, tn labor day classic, 200-mile option.

birmingham, al century, double century option.

tarheel double, charlotte, nc

there are also brevets offered all over the country east of the mississippi river. look
A very good summary. 1 note...MB1
Feb 6, 2002 1:36 PM
Brevets tend to be a little more challanging than most Double Centuries because of the lack of support (no rest stops and sags with food on a brevet). Part of the brevet experience is to be able to be self sufficient. Brevet distances are metric so the 300K is not quite a Double Century and the 400K is much more than a Double Century.

I like both kind of rides but for your first Double you might want to find a well supported Double Century. I've ridden most of the ones in California and they are a treat. Now I mostly do brevets, like them too.

...and...Js Haiku Shop
Feb 6, 2002 1:54 PM
I believe the "mad dog 200" is mostly if not completely unsupported. i did the b'ham 125 in 2001 and the SAG stops looked like the 5-year-old's-dream-aisle in a convenience store: moon pies, oreos, choc-chip cookies, fig neutrons (sic), sodas and sugary drinks, all assortment of high-sugar snacks, as well as fruit. good support, for the most part. can't remember seeing ANY support vehicles during the ride, though.
re: actuallycyclopathic
Feb 6, 2002 2:42 PM
it really depends on who runs the brevets.

Jim's DC brevets are self-supported, but Dave's up in Boston are more like centuries: free food at checkpoints, KOTS and car running the route. If you get in trouble they'll pick you up, you can bump off water from them if you run low.

so you guys riding Fleche? should be fun.
Some training info from the Cal Triple Crown site...Zignzag
Feb 6, 2002 4:06 PM

good luck!