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Poll: Best domestic organized Century ride....(10 posts)

Poll: Best domestic organized Century ride....stuttsdc
Jun 23, 2003 10:35 AM
Let's hear what you think is the best century in the country. Looking for epic rides w/outstanding scenery.
Provide URLs to site if possible.
well, do you want organized or epic?theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 10:59 AM
Your poll title asks for best organized. In my experience it's El Tour de Tucson hands down. With 6,000+ riders (at all distances) it could be a real nightmare. But after 20 years they have it down to a science. Now I wouldn't call it all that scenic as it's a perimeter around Tucson. Epic? Maybe. I finished my faster century ever there last year, and looking to improve this year.

For scenery it's hard to beat Lake Tahoe.
Mad River Century- Vermontthe Phantom
Jun 23, 2003 11:14 AM
My vote for the best century for well organized and great scenery is the Mad River Century. Bycycling Mags "Coolest Century" award several years ago. Just got the notice in the mail today, date is Saturday, August 23. This is a well run event, on the smaller side (450 riders max) with lots of attention to the needed details. Three super well stocked water stops and a massive BBQ at the end. Best not to finish till 4:00pm, the food comes on shortly afterward. The very lucky ones have a reservation at the sponsers hotel, the Hyde Away Inn which is the ride HQ and party central afterward. More info at 802 496 2322 or . Entry is $50 on the day of the event as a charitable donation.
re: Poll: Best domestic organized Century ride....mohair_chair
Jun 23, 2003 11:17 AM
I don't know if I want to call any ride the best in the country, especially since I've only ridden centuries in California. So take this for what it's worth.

The best organized ride I've ever done by far was Climb to Kaiser. It's definitely not a century (it's 50 miles more), but it is scenic and epic. It seemed to me that there were almost as many people working it as there were riding it.

Another well done, very scenic, epic ride that I like is the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge. It's about 110 miles, with 10K+ of climbing. You ride on lonely roads through miles of redwood groves and bay views, with at least one brutal climb and lots of fun descents. The only problem is the weather, which can be very foggy.

Other rides that I like that are well run and scenic: Solvang, Sierra Century and the SLO Wildflower.
Gizzly CenturyLon Norder
Jun 23, 2003 11:51 AM
The little town of North Fork, California in the Sierra foothills near Yosemite puts on a great event. Beautiful course in the Sierra Nevada with lots of climbing. The relatively low entry fee gets you a T-shirt, large breakfast, lunch, and a tri tip bbq dinner. Each food stop is run by a different community group, and they try to outdo each other with their food. One stop has sushi rolls and baklava.

Other favorite centuries are Sierra Century, Sequoia Century, and Wine Country Century.
Another vote for the Grizzly centuryPeterRider
Jun 23, 2003 11:55 AM
I didn't go to the bbq and was very sick on that day so I cut one climb, but this is really an outstanding event. Baklava on a century, this is paradise !

Also: best double century = Devil Mountain DoublePeterRider
Jun 23, 2003 12:04 PM
At least 10 rest stops, plenty of sag vehicles, no time limit (I did more than 20 hours), free massage at lunch stop, this was an outstanding double. On the steepest climb (Sierra road) it was dark, one sag vehicle followed my group all the way to the top. The sag vehicles had also computer links telling them at any time where the other vehicles were...

An epic ride ? maybe, with 20,000ft climbing on 206 miles.
The scenery ? Check on

If I can go to their other double (Knoxville fall), I won't miss it.

only done local & regional ones over the last couple yearsJS Haiku Shop
Jun 23, 2003 12:05 PM
...but i've been most impressed with the organization and support on MS150 rides. if other MS150 rides are run in a similar fashion, i'm surprised they're not more popular than already--they seem to be wildly sought and attended. if you can get over the danger and squirreliness of the first few miles on both days, they're really awesome rides.

ours go from graceland (resting place of dead elvis) to a once barren land of crops and farms to a quickly developed miniature vegas strip in the middle of nowhere, mississippi. we overnight at a casino, eat casino buffet foods for dinner and breakfast (not so great last year, but awesome in 2001), and ride back to elvisville.

i've never seen stocked and staffed SAGs quite as eager as those on MS150 rides. riders of all types and with all kinds of objectives, and always a paceline to share the work. there are folks who train all season (using "season" loosely), who's "big ride" for the whole year is the MS150. unfortunately, many of them shut down from september to june following the ride.

Hotter n Hell 100...SlowFast
Jun 23, 2003 12:58 PM
In Wichita Falls, Tx. August 23. Mentioned in the most recent Bicycling as one of "Thirteen rides to test yourself". Organization is fantastic, including full blown trade show. Three days of events that is a major fundraiser for area causes. Over 7000 total entrants last year, with 56% at least signing up for the 100 mile ride, if not completing it.

The ride is truly a challenge. Not real hilly, but the heat... well, they don't call it the Hotter n Hell for nothing. Average temp 98 degrees, and it regularly goes over 100. Scenery isn't all that beautiful, but not bad. It's not about the scenery, though, it's about finishing. It's "epic" enough for me!
Ride From Seattle to Vancoucer BC and Party (RSVP)t0adman
Jun 23, 2003 1:10 PM
check out It's largely unsupported, and they keep the numbers low. There are some great accommodations in Bellingham and the second day includes a ferry ride. It's fantastic!