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Old 07-17-05, 07:50 AM
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Seeking Century in Mass.

I have been riding now for almost a year...have done a couple of metric centuries (Last Gasp & Tour de Cure) and my next goal is to do an actual century. Anyone out there know of centuries in MA? Or a site that lists rides in MA? The autumn escape is coming up, but that is 150 over 3 days or 105 over 2 days. I want to do 100 in one day...can anyone help?
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Try http://www.bikeride.com and look under Touring or Special and you should come up with a few things.

I will be doing the Great River Ride again in October, but that is in western mass.

Good luck finding what you're looking for.
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Originally Posted by CaroleeB6768
I have been riding now for almost a year...have done a couple of metric centuries (Last Gasp & Tour de Cure) and my next goal is to do an actual century. Anyone out there know of centuries in MA? Or a site that lists rides in MA? The autumn escape is coming up, but that is 150 over 3 days or 105 over 2 days. I want to do 100 in one day...can anyone help?
Although based in Rhode Island, The (NBW) Narragansett Bay Wheelmen have century rides in Mass. And some in R.I. and Mass. Also Check the Charles River Wheelmen. Buy Velo News or, Ride magazine for some rides listed.

Or just do what I do, buy a Rubel bike map of Southeastern Mass. And just do your own. Down towards the Cape and Plymouth there are lots of rural routes. Or just pick a nice route and go straight west from where you are. Check the "Saltonstall Bikeway" or "Carol Saltonstol Memorial bike route" NO idea on the spelling, it's on the Rubel bike maps. And on line.

Or........... just use google... lots of hits...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...usetts&spell=1

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You just missed CRW's 14th Annual "Climb to the Clouds" Century ride today out of Concord. MA with a climb up Wachusett Mountain.

Check out CRW's website, http://crw.org for their Fall Century as well as links to area clubs that all have great Century rides coming up as well.

As already mentioned by another member, the NBW Club out of RI, has the FLATTEST CENTURY IN THE EAST ride coming up in September. It starts at UMASS Dartmouth, the college campus on the southern MA/RI border. The registration is probably already full for this year's event though.

The Tri-State Seacoast Century is Sept. 24-25 in Hampton Beach, NH. Century ride is flat (but usually windy along the ocean) and rides in MA,NH, and ME. It is a beautiful ride and you can ride one or both days. It is very easy to take a shorter route if for any reason you started and didn't feel up to the full 100 miles. I highly recommend this ride and it is not too far away.

Have fun.
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The CRW also have a "Fall Century" which is very well attended in mid-late September. If you can wait that long...CRW rides are always very well attended, organized, and supported. I was at the Climb to the Clouds today and I think they had over 500 (and that's the "small" century, plus it was forecasted to T-storm)
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This club (http://www.freewheelers.org/main.htm) runs the COVAC ride (Connecticut Valley Century).

If you're into some serious climbing, then there's always the Mt. Greylock Century (http://www.berkshirecycling.org/rides/greylock.php).

The North Shore Cyclists club runs their Blazing Saddles Century (http://www.nscyc.org/century.htm).

The Seven Hills Wheelmen club run a couple centuries a year in the Worcester area (http://www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/centuries.htm).
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Originally Posted by spindog

The Tri-State Seacoast Century is Sept. 24-25 in Hampton Beach, NH. Century ride is flat (but usually windy along the ocean) and rides in MA,NH, and ME. It is a beautiful ride and you can ride one or both days. It is very easy to take a shorter route if for any reason you started and didn't feel up to the full 100 miles. I highly recommend this ride and it is not too far away.

Have fun.
Doing that route tommorrow (Monday), it is VERY scenic.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
Doing that route tommorrow (Monday), it is VERY scenic.
I am very jealous. I am hoping for a great weather day on a Friday or the weekend so that I can go spin through it again too. It's just a great route - even without the hoopla of thousands of other cyclists and staffed rest stops on the official event dates.

Hope you had a nice ride! (sniff, sniff)
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Originally Posted by spindog
You just missed CRW's 14th Annual "Climb to the Clouds" Century ride today out of Concord. MA with a climb up Wachusett Mountain.
Just a clarification here. Yes, Sunday was the annual "Climb to the Clouds" event, but what you really just missed was getting caught in a downpour while descending Mt. Wachusett. That was fun!

BTW, spindog once again proved the superiority of the female brain by electing to stay home instead of risking it. Good call there!
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My post didn't work! Come ride the PMC with me. Wear a wicked cool Red Sox jersey. Etc.

http://www.pmc.org
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Originally Posted by KevinF
Just a clarification here. Yes, Sunday was the annual "Climb to the Clouds" event, but what you really just missed was getting caught in a downpour while descending Mt. Wachusett. That was fun!

BTW, spindog once again proved the superiority of the female brain by electing to stay home instead of risking it. Good call there!
Tee HEE hee, Kevin. What in heavens sake are you talking about? I got in a 97.8 mile ride here and it didn't rain until - ohh, say about... 1 minute and 15 seconds after I walked through my front door. PHEW~!

Now it is going to bother me until next weekend that I fell 2.2 miles short.
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www.crw.org - Charles river wheelmen(they organize the climb to the clouds)
www.nscyc.org - North shore cyclists(I think they have one comming up)
www.ecvcycling.or - Essex County Velo...
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http://www.bikecenturies.com/
click the "East Coast" tab.

http://www.bikereg.com/races/Default...ne=50&btnGo=GO
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Wow, I've gotten a lot from this thread. Granted, it's mostly eastern MA stuff, but I still have way too many rides to do now!
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Thanks for all the responses!! Now I have TONS of rides to choose from. I had tried Googling, but I guess I couldn't get the right keywords, and besides, who better to ask then all of you?

Seriously, thanks a bunch. Now I can pick one I like (at least one, anyway) and ramp up the training!!
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A little late here, but the Nashoba Valley Pedalers sponsor a very nice century in September http://www.nvpbike.org/century.html.

Good Luck
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Major Taylor Century on Oct 2
http://www.10thgear.com/mtreg.htm
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Might I suggest a solo century? You don't even have to pay anyone to ride it
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The "Best Buddies" ride to Hyannis is also coming up in late May. I just heard of it myself, but I understand that it's a 90-mile charity ride for intellectual disabilities, with roughly a $1600 fundraising minimum.
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