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Tom Meloy and the Chelan Century Challenge
What does Tom Meloy say about the Chelan Century Challenge? (http://tomsbicycleblog.blogspot.com
) Tom is Cycling coach for Cycle University (cycleu.com), has written a fitness and cycling column for The Cascade Courier since 2005, he rides around 10,000 miles a year and climb over 500,000’ per year and has served on the Cascade Bicycle Club Board of Directors amongst other things.
Tom's comments: For my money, this is one of the very few events that should not be missed. The 2010 date was shifted in order not to conflict with the Tour de Blast, another one of those few events in my opinion.
It’s a bit of a drive to Chelan, but well worth it for some of the best riding in the state. Put together fantastic climbs (8600’ of them, including the very tough McNeil Canyon
), light traffic, and great east side weather and you have the formula for a lot of fun. Combine this with the fact that the Chelan Century is small (around 300 riders), very reasonably priced, and yet incredibly well supported; well there you have it.
Perhaps the best thing of all is the vibe. Instead of the usual team “race the event” mentality, Chelan seems to attract riders who don’t take themselves too seriously, and are just there to have a good time. For those who do want to be serious, the organizers time the riders up McNeil Canyon, so you can see how you stack up if you want to.
Last edited by lccooper; 06-15-10 at 04:39 PM.