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What is your list of tough Century ride events?

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What is your list of tough Century ride events?

A frend of mine posted this list of tough Century ride events. It's one heck of a list. Has he missed anything?


California:

- The Death Ride (129 miles, 15,200' of climbing)
- The Shasta Summit Super Century (135 miles, 16,500' of climbing)
- The Everest Challenge (2 days, 206 miles, 29,035' of climbing)

Georgia:

- Brasstown Bald Buster (100 miles, 14,000' of climbing, ends on the 18-20% grades of Brasstown Bald, occurs in mid-May)

North Carolina:

- Bridge-to-Bridge (101 miles, 10,200' of climbing, 85% of it in the last 45 miles)

Maryland:

- Garrett County Gran Fondo (126 miles, 15,500' of climbing, numerous climbs over 15%, at few over 20%, one over 30%)

Virginia/West Virginia:

- Mountains of Misery (103 miles, 10,000' of climbing [last climb very, very steep])

- Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge (100 miles, 10,000' of climbing over 9 passes, some quite steep)


Massachusetts:

- Deerfield Dirt Road Randonée (a.k.a. D2R2) (112 miles, 16,500' of climbing, 70% on dirt roads)
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Washington:
Chelan Century Challenge - 8606'
U-DUMB (Up-Down Up Mt Baker) - 8600', 9hr time limit, but it's two laps up Mt. Baker: 25mi/4300'
The Alplet Plus (150k perm.) - 10,000'
The Alps (200k perm.) - 9500' with a max section at 24%
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There are a ton of tough California century rides:
Mt Shasta Century 135 miles 16,500ft of climbing
Packsaddle Century 100 miles 10,000ft of climbing
Grizzly Century 100 miles 10,000ft of climbing
Ebbetts Pass Century 100 miles 10,100ft of climbing
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger" 138 miles 17,000ft of climbing
Senora Pass Century 100 miles 10,000ft of climbing
Spooktacular 1007 miles 11,000ft of climbing
Mt Laguna bicycle classic 101 miles 10,800ft of climbing
Auburn Century 140 miles 17,000ft of climbing (I did this one on the tandem!)

That are some others I can't think of at the moment that have over 10,000ft of climbing. Those are just the ones with over 10kft of climbing and leaving out the double century+ rides...
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CO seems wimpy by comparison, but...

Triple Bypass 120 miles, 10,000'


SPAN the Rockies
200KM, 9000'
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Washington:

RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Rainier in One Day): 154 miles, 10,000 feet of climbing
Native Planet Classic (Over the North Cascades Highway and back): 130-ish miles, about 10,000 in climbing (?)
High Pass Challenge (Packwood / Windy Ridge): 114 miles, lots of climbing.
Tour de Blast (up Mt. St. Helens and Back) only 82 miles, somewhat easier than the others listed here.
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This thread needs a sticky.

Texas has the hotter N hell hundred. Only about 100' of climbing but one year I did it the temp was 112*. Idiot-dodging adds a nuance to the event as well.

We also have the Leaky Death ride that goes from Bandera to Leaky in the hill country. Dunno the total climb but it's a booger.

The Ft. Davis rides have a climb up the observatory that's a killer.
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There was a person who tried to come up with a list of all the centuries he could find, and he put them on a site called bikecenturies, if I recall correctly. He had hundreds of rides of 100 miles and more. That was all well and good ... but then he tried to rank them by difficulty. I don't think he was ever able to do that, and the site closed down soon after.

But if a person could find that information again ... it might be interesting to look at.
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Originally Posted by Machka
There was a person who tried to come up with a list of all the centuries he could find, and he put them on a site called bikecenturies, if I recall correctly. He had hundreds of rides of 100 miles and more. That was all well and good ... but then he tried to rank them by difficulty. I don't think he was ever able to do that, and the site closed down soon after.

But if a person could find that information again ... it might be interesting to look at.
It would be tough to try and rank them in order of difficulty, because so many things can make a ride difficult. I'll take the 12,000' of climbing I'm doing on a 300k this weekend over the 110+ degree ride that aikigreg mentioned in Texas. Over in the Clyde forum we had a back 'n' forth going about climbing, and heat and how either one can be brutally difficult in its own right. It all depends on what you're used to.
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No way Clifton! My ride is way harder than yours!!!!

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Fla, Horrible hundred

Ind. Hilly hundred

+1 on the hotter than hell in Tx.


I look at these list and have done many of these rides. I KNOW bridge to bridge is a tough one because it ends with a long climb.

Thats why I do NO rides with hot, hell, hill, horrible or death in the name.
I have done them. For most, I still have the T-shrits. Just don't want to do them any more.
I'll take the heat, and headwind on the flats.

BTW; I just found the Rando club here in New Orleans.
I think I'll start doing a few.
Thanks Clifton for giving me the idea.
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In Wisconsin we have the three events known collectively as the Horribly Insane Dare.


Horribly Hilly Hundreds: https://www.horriblyhilly.com/course.html
“The 200K version of the HHH offers 124.2 miles of wonderful riding… and a total of 10,700 feet of elevation gain”.
“The 100K ride offers a very challenging opportunity to test your riding skills, with 5,700 feet of elevation gain over 67.1 miles”.

Insane Terrain Challenge: https://www.vikingbikingclub.com/insa...rain/about.htm
Provides 12,400 ft of climbing over 121 miles.

Dairyland Dare: https://www.dairylanddare.com/routes.html
50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300k distances. The 100k provides 6,519 ft of climbing. The 200k provides 13,547 ft of climbing
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I'll throw a vote in for the Crater Lake Century in Oregon. 7500 feet of climbing all compacted into the middle 65-70 miles, starting at 4000' above sea level with temps ranging from 32 to 80 degrees over the course of the day.
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North Carolina/Tennessee: Roan Moan
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
It would be tough to try and rank them in order of difficulty, because so many things can make a ride difficult. I'll take the 12,000' of climbing I'm doing on a 300k this weekend over the 110+ degree ride that aikigreg mentioned in Texas. Over in the Clyde forum we had a back 'n' forth going about climbing, and heat and how either one can be brutally difficult in its own right. It all depends on what you're used to.
I think that's precisely why everything kind of melted down, and the site is no longer online. Ask two people how hard a particular ride was, and you'll get two different answers depending on a whole list of factors.
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Two more from Georgia:

Six Gap Century and it's relatively unknown evil cousin - Ten Gap.

Six Gap Century - This century is run annually in late September in Dahlonega, Georgia. It has 10,600 feet of climbing and crosses the highest mountain passes in north Georgia.

Ten Gap (aka Bundrick's Revenge) - Our local rando club... Audax Atlanta... grew tired of hearing the endless prattling from the racer boy community about how awesome they were because they finished Six Gap. So Ten Gap was born out of the rando community's desire to show how tough a noncompetitive ride can be. David Bundrick laid out this course , and it covers the gaps that comprise Six Gap... adds a climb of Brasstown Bald... and then crosses the other gaps again in the other direction to get home. Brutal. The ACP approved 200k course has about 17,000 feet of climbing... and the Brasstown Bald climb has "The Wall"... a 2.5 mile section of road that has a 25% grade!

Ten Gap is set for September 11th this year.

So y'all come on down!

P.S. Here's a great write up of the Ten Gap Brevet.

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One of the California granddaddies (and which I've ridden twice): the Climb to Kaiser, 150 miles, 13,500 feet of climbing.
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+1,000 on six gap. How could I have forgotten that one.
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Montana/Wyoming
200K permanent
Red Lodge Mt- Cooke City Mt and back.
About 13,000 foot climbing, elevation ranging from about 6000' to just shy of 11000'. With a lot of it at the higher areas.
We rode the Red Lodge to Wyoming border and back portion for about 63 miles, kick in the butt!
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I would like to point out that the Hotter-n-Hell 100 has the potential to be a difficult ride due to the heat, but the last two years have actually been pretty decent, and I completed it on my Worksman cruiser each of the last two years. Up there in Wichita Falls, it can get hot, but it's not really that much different from Dallas or OK City, etc., so any other century or 200k in this area in the summer time will be comparable, and a lot will be harder due to more hills. At least on the HH100, you have rest stops every 10 miles.

On the Lone Star Randonneurs page, they've mentioned a couple of rides with lots of climbing, one a 200k and one a 300k, but in each case, the climbing is lots of little hills (with a few bigger hills), not two or three monster mountain climbs, and I would think that makes them easier for a given amount of climbing.

Elsewhere, I was reading of a group riding from Loveland, CO, up to the Alpine Visitor Center at Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, and back. That's around 12,000' elevation at the end, maybe 5,000' in Loveland. The neat part is that it's pretty well all uphill on the way out, and all downhill on the way back in.
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Elsewhere, I was reading of a group riding from Loveland, CO, up to the Alpine Visitor Center at Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, and back. That's around 12,000' elevation at the end, maybe 5,000' in Loveland. The neat part is that it's pretty well all uphill on the way out, and all downhill on the way back in.
I did that yesterday. 10,500' of climbing in 115 miles. Tops out at 12,180' with many miles above tree-line and exposed to the elements, which can be a huge factor depending on weather and individual acclimatization. We had about the best weather imaginable yesterday, there was headwind on the climb as always, but it was managable.

It's not an organized century, though, it's an invitation-only self-supported club ride.

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I see a lot of rides at elevations above 5000', and that alone is enough to make it difficult for me. Us lowlanders get winded way up there!
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Ride Around the Bear (100 miles 9800 ft, climbing complete in 62 miles)...done it 4 times

Breathless Agony (12,000 ft in 114 miles, climbing complete in 72 miles)...done it once
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Six Gaps in VT... but its 132 miles or so...
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The Butte 100
Just heard of this one. Planning to do it next year.
100 mile mountain bike race. 15,000' climbing
https://www.tripleringprod.com/butte100
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Originally Posted by icyclist
One of the California granddaddies (and which I've ridden twice): the Climb to Kaiser, 150 miles, 13,500 feet of climbing.
That is on my to-do list for next year. Looks like my type of fun.

Originally Posted by Homeyba
Mt Laguna bicycle classic 101 miles 10,800ft of climbing
Man that was fun. I think that what made it so tough is that the average gradient of the three climbs increased, and they saved the steepest, roughest road for last.
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