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Best century?

Old 09-04-06, 04:43 PM
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Best century?

Hi,
I am planning to come to America in 2008 and looking for a century to complete. Can be anywhere in the states.
Needs to be one with great scenery and it better be a relatively tough one
Also one with history.
Any suggestions?
Thanks.
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Tour of the Unknown Coast (aka "California's toughest century" - Though, I can't speak for that)
www.tuccycle.org/
Anyway, the ride has beautiful scenery, including redwoods and coastline.
There are three massive climbs, including the famous "wall."

While riding along the coastline, you can see the 1st straight stretch of the "wall" well before you reach the bottom of the hill, and it literally looks like you'll be riding straight up. The sight of the hill really messes with your head even before you reach the base of the climb.



More than half of the climbing, including the "wall", is in the last 20 miles of the ride.

I'm not sure about history, but the ride has been around as long as I can remember.
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If you're going to be on the Eastern Seaboard, lots of good options 1) Assault on Mt Michell (usually in May, however it will be hard get in, unless you buy a number from someone) 2) Six Gap (3rd weekend in Sept in No Ga),3) Brasstown Bald Buster (same area as Six Gap in the spring ,finishing up Brasstown Bald 4) Snowshoe Century (also 3rd weekend in September on Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia) 5) Bridge to Bridge.

All of these are very scenic rides through the Appalachin Mountains, each with 10,000 feet or more of climbing.
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Originally Posted by necromancer
Tour of the Unknown Coast (aka "California's toughest century" - Though, I can't speak for that)
www.tuccycle.org/
Anyway, the ride has beautiful scenery, including redwoods and coastline.
There are three massive climbs, including the famous "wall."

While riding along the coastline, you can see the 1st straight stretch of the "wall" well before you reach the bottom of the hill, and it literally looks like you'll be riding straight up. The sight of the hill really messes with your head even before you reach the base of the climb.



More than half of the climbing, including the "wall", is in the last 20 miles of the ride.

I'm not sure about history, but the ride has been around as long as I can remember.

Now that my friend is a great ride.

Another, not so hard, would be the Marin Century.
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I'd try this one. I've never done it, but I've got it on my "some of these days" list. You can't have much better scenery than Lake Tahoe, and it is supposed to be pretty strenuous...

http://www.bikethewest.com/AMBRR.html
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The Tahoe ride is not actually very strenuous -- I think it's around 3000' of climbing. The last part of the route is also pretty trafficky.

I would second the vote for the Marin Century. Very, very scenic and extremely well supported. The regular route has about 7500' of climbing. Also, next year they will have an option to climb Mt Tam as part of the 100-mile ride, not just the double.
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Originally Posted by DesFlurane
Hi,
I am planning to come to America in 2008 and looking for a century to complete. Can be anywhere in the states.
Needs to be one with great scenery and it better be a relatively tough one
Also one with history.
Any suggestions?
Thanks.
I'm so glad I'm done doing centuries.

Anyway, Tour das Hugel looks pretty entertaining and tough. 10,000 feet and 100 miles, all within Austin. Scenery should be pretty nice.

Aside from that, pick a small attendance century if you want to look at scenery, or go solo. Otherwise you'll just be looking at the bike in front of you.
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The best century is the one you complete.
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not "scenic" in the traditional sense but the NYC century is the only century in the US that is 100% urban; it takes you allllll thru NYC, a great tour of the city and is well supported along the way. http://www.transalt.org/calendar/century/index.html
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Hmmm, probably the 20th century as far as industrialization and advancements in medicine go. Yaaaa, I'm gonna say the 20th century.
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Honolulu Century: http://www.hbl.org/events_general.html
You're not going to find any USA century ride that is more scenic or fun than this.
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Thanks for thr replies so far.
That TUCCcycle looks tough. The pic tells a story, the guy is obviously weaving to survive ;-)
The month will probably be September and would hope to ride with some people from BF.
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Originally Posted by Talewinds
Hmmm, probably the 20th century as far as industrialization and advancements in medicine go. Yaaaa, I'm gonna say the 20th century.
My thoughts exactly....
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Highlander bike tour.

http://www.highlandercycletour.com/highlander.htm

This ride includes over 11K feet of gratuitous climbing all within the beautiful Finger lakes region of western New York State. The ride is hard as hell with at least two climbs approaching 25%. Take the next day to stop by some of the wineries in the region.

Best of all ... it's in two weeks and if you make it here, I'll ride it with you*.

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* disclaimer ... I still have an offer outstanding to my father to help him ride the 30 mile route. If he takes me up on the offer, you'll be riding alone. Sorry.
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My favorite century to date remains the Grizzly Century. About 10k feet of climbing in some of the prettiest high country you'll find, just south of Yosemite Park. Similar experience to riding through the park, except without the traffic.

The Grizzly is always the first weekend of October. The support is great, the roads are empty, the attendance is sparse.
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The Enchanted Circle, Red River, New Mexico, mid-September.
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Originally Posted by Talewinds
Hmmm, probably the 20th century as far as industrialization and advancements in medicine go. Yaaaa, I'm gonna say the 20th century.
lol, I read this three times before it clicked. yeah, I'm slow today!
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Originally Posted by DesFlurane
Thanks for thr replies so far.
That TUCCcycle looks tough. The pic tells a story, the guy is obviously weaving to survive ;-)
The month will probably be September and would hope to ride with some people from BF.
Since you don't mean THIS september and you wanna meet BF members, then really do consider the NYC century. There is a 6+ page thread on BF members meeting up before the ride just to meet one another and ride together. I was shocked at how many of us are in the NYC area! http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=224090
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I've heard that this is a great century

A good friend of mine who has completed several centuries and 2 iron man races told me that the Death Valley century was his favorite. More info here: http://www.adventurecorps.com/dvfall/index.html
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Originally Posted by johnny99
Honolulu Century: http://www.hbl.org/events_general.html
You're not going to find any USA century ride that is more scenic or fun than this.
Scenic - definitely. Tough - no.

This one isn't the toughest, nor the most scenic, but is a good mix of the two - and especially nice if you like wooded mountains and pastoral ambiance (i.e.riding past farms). It also has a nice historic flavor.

http://www.baltobikeclub.org/index.pl/cwc
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The Solvang Century in SoCal is reputed to be the best single day century of them all. I think it's in the spring.
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