I've been trying to do some research on the difficulty of the Santa Clarita century coming up on June 14th. I did a century with two experienced friends from Seal Beach to San Diego last October with no issue. I crashed once when a cyclist passed me really close and I hit the brakes too hard (not used to riding in a group), but other than that the entire ride went smoothly.
The toughest part was Torrey Pines near the end at La Jolla, but I made it up alone since my buddies were more experienced climbers. I would like to try a solo century but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. This one seems relatively straightforward, and I like that it is an organized charity event with support.
Concerning my fitness level, I commute five days a week 24 miles RT. The only climbing practice I get is two steep overpasses, so it's the hills I'm most concerned about. Any input on whether this is a good choice for my first solo century would be appreciated.
Santa Clarita Century Ride