The Canyon Classic is coming up on June 14th Canyon Classic Century - June 14, 2014 Celebrating 25 years | Canyon Classic Century Riding Event Central California This will be the 3rd year I've done this ride. I think it is the closest thing we have to the Hotter 'n Hell Hundred. This ride doesn't get the love it should because well, it starts out in Patterson, and who wants to go to Patterson and ride. But it does go through some pretty amazing scenery such as up Del Puerto Canyon (cccorlew posted some pics a while back) and the Mount Hamilton climb goes through San Antonio Valley. Two years ago I did the metric version in winds that gusted up to 40. The hardest part of the whole ride was the last five miles on the flats heading back north into town. Last year I did (well I tried at least) to do the Hamilton climb, when the ride happened to be held on the hottest day of the year. My garmin temperature was showing 108 the last few hours. I made it to within about 2-3 miles of the top before turning around, knowing that if I kept going I would need to sag back. Good thing I did too because all the sag vehicles I saw coming down were loaded with riders suffering heat exhaustion. So since I came so close last time I just have to go back again to finish up!