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Old 07-17-11, 02:43 PM   #1
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Recommend a Century to Me

Can anyone recommend a century ride for my husband and me? He's a long-time cyclist and century veteran. I'm new to the sport, in-shape, but really prefer running. We have a two year old we normally cart around in the trailer, so if we are going off without, we want to make it worth our while!

With all that said, can anyone recommend a century thats:
1) Within 500 miles of Atlanta
2) Has a half-century option for me
3) Is scenic, or in a place worth visiting for the weekend
4) Not too hilly. (Six/three gaps are right out! One gap would do me in!)
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Old 07-17-11, 04:24 PM   #2
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You might also post in the "regional" subforum for your area.

Here locally, there are a couple of websites that list all the local charitry rides. The larger bike shops will have upcoming events on their websites, as will the more active local bike clubs. Google around and see what you can find.

Here locally, there are only a half-dozen charity rides that are actually 100-mile routes, most are metric centuries of 62.5 miles or so. And nearly all of them have shorter options. (By "charity ride", I mean the ones where you pay your $30 and go ride, not the ones where you have to raise $2,000 or something.)

I believe the larger local bike club in this area also has periodic century rides for members. You'd have to make sure their riding speed matched your abilities on one of those, though.
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Old 07-18-11, 09:59 AM   #3
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There is a century, half-century, metric and every other distance that starts at the road outside your house / apartment.
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How about doing one of the MS150's? They often have 25, 50, 75, 100 and 150 mile options. I am doing the century option this fall in NJ. They are well funded and well managed. I did the 150 mile option in 2007. It was a great experience.

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/racemap.aspx
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Old 07-20-11, 09:31 PM   #5
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I don't even get this post - i think an award must be in order - let's hope we get this one right.

Not too hot - not too cold - not too bumpy - not too boring - not too many fast riders - not too many cars - oh - aw heck with it........
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Old 07-21-11, 11:05 AM   #6
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Silver Comet trail, start about 15 or so miles out from Smyrna to skip the multitudes
of road crossings and heavy use around Smyrna. Ride as far as comfy into or towards
Alabama and turn around. 2% grades max except for Rockmart to Cedartown section.
Nice restaurants in both towns. Section east of Rockmart is very nice for about 15-20 miles.
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Space Coast Intracoastal Waterway Century. It's in October. The weather is great down here then, likely 80 and sunny. You'll get about 600 or so riders. It's flat, sometimes windy, but always scenic. You can visit Cocoa Beach, take a cruise from the port (one day casino or weekend), and Disney is on your way. 485 miles just makes the cutoff.

www.spacecoastfreewheelers.com

Here's another link with a list of several centuries and other rides, which is frequently updated. It includes lots of events in Fla. and Georgia:

www.floridabicycle.org/fbtc
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