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Old 07-21-10, 12:49 PM
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September/October organized century recommendations?

So with the miserable Tour de Blast well behind us, me and my crew are looking for a good century to do in September/October? I've checked out the MS Ride and am curious about what else folks may recommend.
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Ellensberg Manastash Metric is supposed to be a good ride. Only a metric century though. I've ridden the route and can attest to its fantastic scenery, but can't vouch for the ride support. They seemed like genuinely nice folks at the Bike Expo though.
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Cascade has a ride called the High Pass Challenge, up the other St. Helens route and also with the possibility of equally miserable weather. It's a great route though, starting and finishing in Packwood, though a bit longer than 100miles. If you could predict the weather, I'd definitely do this one.

My favorite fall ride is from Newhalem to Washington Pass and back. There's no organized ride, but on a Sunday in late Sept, the road is deserted except for a few motorcycles.
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https://www.bikingbis.com/blog/_WebPa...ecalendar.html can be a useful tool. They have pages for nearby states, too.
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I have heard good things about Tour de Whidbey

https://www.whidbeygen.org/whidbeygen.../tourdewhidbey

I can vouch for the cycling on Whidbey. Lots of rollers, friendly locals, good shoulders ( for the most part )
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Two Oregon options:
Peach of a Century (Salem) in late Sept.
and Harvest Century (west Portland metro) in early Oct.
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If the weather is nice, the Chuckanut Century is on September 19. It's $50, but you can do up to 124 miles. Plus, the start/finish is at Boundary Bay Brewing, although it fills to capacity with cyclists. I did it last year. Any opportunity to ride Chuckanut on a nice day should be taken.

+1 on The Manastash Metric. Nice change of scenery from Western WA, guaranteed dry (but cold in the morning.) I did the main loop plus the shorter "family" loop to get near 100 miles. The volunteers are SUPER nice, mostly older folks. They told me that I wasn't the first to suggest a full 100 mile route.

I did The High Pass Challenge once, it was good except a little pricey for what you get. I now do the Mt. Baker Hill Climb (same date) instead. If Cascade ever changes the HPC date, I'll suck it up and do both rides.
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Originally Posted by Jasper Storm
If the weather is nice, the Chuckanut Century is on September 19. It's $50, but you can do up to 124 miles. Plus, the start/finish is at Boundary Bay Brewing, although it fills to capacity with cyclists.
Mmmmm... Boundary Bay IPA... one my favorites. *drool* Thankfully you can get it bottled now (22 oz "bombers").

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Originally Posted by BGrayvy
So with the miserable Tour de Blast well behind us, me and my crew are looking for a good century to do in September/October? I've checked out the MS Ride and am curious about what else folks may recommend.
Tour de Whatcom and the Seattle Century Ride are both coming up at the end of the month (July 31st). I may do one or the other. Haven't decided yet.
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Originally Posted by ChinookPass
Cascade has a ride called the High Pass Challenge, up the other St. Helens route and also with the possibility of equally miserable weather. It's a great route though, starting and finishing in Packwood, though a bit longer than 100miles. If you could predict the weather, I'd definitely do this one.
Great ride, pretty challenging. The time I did it the weather was perfect and I had a great time.

The Kitsap Color Classic in late September is nice, not nearly as challenging.

There's also a ride up in Snoqualmie/North Bend called the Tour de Peaks -- to do a century you'd have to do both their 60-mile loop and their 40-mile loop.
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Thanks for all the suggestions! We're going back to Castle Rock in a couple weeks to do the TdB ride on our own since we turned back frozen at Elk Rock in June. So something a little more tame may be in order for our old legs to finish out the "official" season. I've been interested in that Manastash Metric but it seems like you could expect a very stiff headwind for much of the ride. I know it can't be predicted, but anyone else run into that?
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Originally Posted by BGrayvy
Thanks for all the suggestions! We're going back to Castle Rock in a couple weeks to do the TdB ride on our own since we turned back frozen at Elk Rock in June. So something a little more tame may be in order for our old legs to finish out the "official" season. I've been interested in that Manastash Metric but it seems like you could expect a very stiff headwind for much of the ride. I know it can't be predicted, but anyone else run into that?
The times I've been out there the wind is always blowing from West to East. If I'm not mistaken, the route this ride takes you would have you riding against the wind on the way out of Ellensburg, and then you've have the wind at your back on the way home. It's a moderate wind in any case - not a killer.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy
The times I've been out there the wind is always blowing from West to East. If I'm not mistaken, the route this ride takes you would have you riding against the wind on the way out of Ellensburg, and then you've have the wind at your back on the way home. It's a moderate wind in any case - not a killer.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy
The times I've been out there the wind is always blowing from West to East. If I'm not mistaken, the route this ride takes you would have you riding against the wind on the way out of Ellensburg, and then you've have the wind at your back on the way home. It's a moderate wind in any case - not a killer.
But you're also talking October. The wind doesn't blow as much here at that time of the year. The wind around here often doesn't kick up until after 10:00 am which is why a lot of people go out early during the summer for their ride. It typically blows from the NW to SE although this year it's come from the opposite direction a lot.

The best part about the Manastash Metric is you leave early enough in the morning to not have much of a headwind. By the time you get to Cle Elum and come back south the wind may have started and it's a great ride back with the tailwind.

Last year was the first year for the RSVP group (senior citizen volunteers) organizing and running the ride. They had 4 pit stops plus two vehicles on the road to help with mechanical problems.

In the past they had a 100 mile route which took you up toward Roslyn and then back to Cle Elum and Ellensburg.
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The wife and I rode the Manastash Metric route last August on a windy day and on the way out to Cle Elum there were times where I was struggling to maintain 10MPH (the wife was tucked in behind me). OTOH the ride back to Ellensburg was FAST! Nice route, not much traffic.
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Tour de Whidbey is great. The volunteers and riders are super nice and friendly. Very scenic riding.
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