my friend and i want to participate in an organized century ride but don't know which one to pick. for a second we were considering doing the "tahoe sierra century" but we are having some scheduling conflicts. plus it seems like there are plenty of rides much closer to the bay area (where we live), and that's preferable so that we can avoid too much driving and renting hotel rooms.
what we are looking for is something "big"/"biggest" in terms of attendance/popularity (it's hard to gauge that from most of the info i found on the net), under $150 entrance fee and no fundraising requirement, any terrain/difficulty (i do like to climb).
is there anything you guys can recommend or is it kind of too late in the year and the choices are slim?
thanks in advance.