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Old 11-04-11, 01:34 AM
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favorite century ride

I'm looking for a top-notch century ride next spring with a challenging route through a gorgeous landscape and reliably good weather, particularly one hosted in a great location for a vacation before/after with lots of good food and good wine.

What's your favorite century where we can test ourselves and our equipment?
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maybe ride from coasting to coasting are cool too
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nobody have something advice? do you like to ride travel?lol
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List of long distance rides of all sorts (on my website):
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As for a favourite organised century ... I think the one I've enjoyed the most is the Tour de l'Alberta put on by the Edmonton Bicycle and Touring Club:
https://www.bikeclub.ca/
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How about Death Valley, CA in spring:

https://www.adventurecorps.com/dvspring/index.html

Weather is unpredictable however, and apparently last year was very windy.
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Where are you located?

If good wine is your aim, Solvang is your century. The century route goes right through Foxel Canyon and you can't swing a dead cat in that region without hitting a great bottle of wine. Heck--the last aid station is at Fess Parker's!

If top-notch century is your aim, anything AdventureCorps--they rule hard. Just did Death Valley with Idoru last weekend. The roads were quite smooth, the aid station food was the bomb, and everyone who participates in the AdventureCorps culture... outfreakin'standing.


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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Where are you located?

If good wine is your aim, Solvang is your century. The century route goes right through Foxel Canyon and you can't swing a dead cat in that region without hitting a great bottle of wine. Heck--the last aid station is at Fess Parker's!

If top-notch century is your aim, anything AdventureCorps--they rule hard. Just did Death Valley with Idoru last weekend. The roads were quite smooth, the aid station food was the bomb, and everyone who participates in the AdventureCorps culture... outfreakin'standing.
Those pics are awesome, are they in the 'Empty Road Ahead' thread?
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Originally Posted by yifeng vivi View Post
I'm looking for a top-notch century ride next spring with a challenging route through a gorgeous landscape and reliably good weather, particularly one hosted in a great location for a vacation before/after with lots of good food and good wine.
Originally Posted by yifeng vivi View Post
nobody have something advice?
I think your list of requirements is somewhat limiting. There are a lot of great spring centuries at fine vacation destinations, but basically spring means unpredictable weather and they aren't necessiarily wine & fine dining hot spots. Likewise, ther are also many fine rides at great destinations with great food and drink but they aren't held in the spring.

So ignoring all of that, the Heber Valley Century held here in northern Utah in late September is a great ride. It is held in the vicinity of Park City which is a great vacation destination with beautiful scenery, nice lodging options, and good food and drink. Weather is usually pleasant with cool mornings. But hey, it is September in the Utah mountains at ~6500' so there are no guarantees on the weather. This is where the saying applies, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes."

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Old 11-04-11, 10:36 AM
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I've ridden around Lake Tahoe (ride report here) but have never participated in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride.

The ride is limited to 3,300 riders, registration opens the first week of January and usually is "sold out" in a few weeks. The ride takes place the first weekend of June, which can make for a very chilly start at 6:30 (my brother said it was 36-degrees at start time the year he did it). The road around the lake is 72 miles and they add an out and back from Tahoe City of 28 miles to make 100.

It's a beautiful place to ride and provides a lot of options for vacation before or after.
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Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
I've ridden around Lake Tahoe
I'd like to say that I had a vacation in Tahoe just recently (4 weeks ago) and I took my road bike. The first day in Tahoe I drove around the lake to 'scope out the course' and enjoy the drive and there is NO WAY I'd ride that on a bike. NO WAY. I'm sure there are some down months where tourism is at its lowest that it might be an acceptable risk, but I'd say at least 20 of the 100 miles are way beyond my danger level (albeit, many of the remaining 80mi are safe). 0 shoulder, RVs blasting past you at 50mph with 90 year olds at the wheel, and tons of traffic who are looking at their side windows toward the scenery rather than at the road. Way too many miles without any shoulder at all and windy roads where cars are not in the center of their lane. Plus all through town all the bike lanes were closed and under construction so you're forced out into the traffic or on the sidewalk. It was a biking hell. A beautiful biking hell. I'll take my MTB next time.

All the riding I did was up and down Mt Rose, one of the few roads with a nice shoulder and lower traffic levels.
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Originally Posted by yifeng vivi View Post
nobody have something advice? do you like to ride travel?lol
You described where I live perfectly. Except for the part about reliably good weather. We don't have that. So, yeah, I travel with my bike sometimes, but my advice is don't come here in the spring.
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Old 11-07-11, 03:27 AM
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that seems so excited,if have the chance i would like to go there.
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Originally Posted by Clipped_in View Post
I think your list of requirements is somewhat limiting. There are a lot of great spring centuries at fine vacation destinations, but basically spring means unpredictable weather and they aren't necessiarily wine & fine dining hot spots. Likewise, ther are also many fine rides at great destinations with great food and drink but they aren't held in the spring.

So ignoring all of that, the Heber Valley Century held here in northern Utah in late September is a great ride. It is held in the vicinity of Park City which is a great vacation destination with beautiful scenery, nice lodging options, and good food and drink. Weather is usually pleasant with cool mornings. But hey, it is September in the Utah mountains at ~6500' so there are no guarantees on the weather. This is where the saying applies, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes."

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yes,the weather of spring are unpredictable,maybe it will nice in autumn .
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Originally Posted by jmX View Post
I'd like to say that I had a vacation in Tahoe just recently (4 weeks ago) and I took my road bike. The first day in Tahoe I drove around the lake to 'scope out the course' and enjoy the drive and there is NO WAY I'd ride that on a bike. NO WAY. I'm sure there are some down months where tourism is at its lowest that it might be an acceptable risk, but I'd say at least 20 of the 100 miles are way beyond my danger level (albeit, many of the remaining 80mi are safe). 0 shoulder, RVs blasting past you at 50mph with 90 year olds at the wheel, and tons of traffic who are looking at their side windows toward the scenery rather than at the road. Way too many miles without any shoulder at all and windy roads where cars are not in the center of their lane. Plus all through town all the bike lanes were closed and under construction so you're forced out into the traffic or on the sidewalk. It was a biking hell. A beautiful biking hell. I'll take my MTB next time.

All the riding I did was up and down Mt Rose, one of the few roads with a nice shoulder and lower traffic levels.
very nice travel,i can thought that you must be enjoy it!
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Mine is the https://www.3state3mountainchallenge.com. It features some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. You get to climb and descend 3 mountains, cross 3 state lines, and cross the Tennessee river twice. Last year the weather was perfect, however in the southeast the weather is spotty at that time of year. It's one of the premier rides in the southeast.

This ride is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was recently voted the best place to live by Outdoor Manazine (https://www.outsideonline.com/adventu...attanooga.html). Of course the author of the magazine is a pot smoking, hippy, ultra liberal from the northwest that gave a completely skewed opinion. However, the author couldn't hide the awesome beauty of the area in his article.

Chattanooga isn't known for wine, however we have dozens of fantastic restaurants that serve wine from all over the world. If you are into microbrews, Chattanooga is the place to go.

This is a ride that should be on every cycling enthusiasts bucket list.

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i rode 3 state 3 mountain 2 yrs ago..and it is should definantly be on every riders list ..Burkhalter road itself is worth the trip...lol
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I have two favorite centuries, both in California.

The first is the Chico Wildflower, in northern California, which I've ridden at least 8x. Plenty of climbing - 5,000+ ft – through gorgeous scenery where the Cascade Range meets the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The food - fresh bakes pastries, gourmet sandwiches at the lunch stop, and a fine dinner - is as good as I've had on a ride.

My other fav is the Solvang Century, in the Coast Range Mountains. The scenery reminds me of my trip to Ireland - rolling green terrain - with 5,000+ feet of climbing, and the tough hills coming at the end of the ride. Coming in early to mid March each year - which is wintertime in CA - weather can be on the cool side (by CA standards). It's rained just a few times - and only for part of the time - that I've made this ride over the long years. In fact, I've ridden this century more than 20 times.
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wow that was also impressive may be you can attending to the America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride.that looks great.hahaaa
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I've ridden around Lake Tahoe (ride report here) but have never participated in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride.

The ride is limited to 3,300 riders, registration opens the first week of January and usually is "sold out" in a few weeks. The ride takes place the first weekend of June, which can make for a very chilly start at 6:30 (my brother said it was 36-degrees at start time the year he did it). The road around the lake is 72 miles and they add an out and back from Tahoe City of 28 miles to make 100.

It's a beautiful place to ride and provides a lot of options for vacation before or after.
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Of course the author of the magazine is a pot smoking, hippy, ultra liberal from the northwest that gave a completely skewed opinion.
Wow, Outdoor magazine has an author? Don't see that much.

For my part, I had a great time on the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. Last year I rode the Classic route (177km, a century is about 160km) with about 4500ft of climbing. Next year I think I will do the Challenge route, about 220km and a LOT more climbing - it detours out into the biggest hills in the area.

However, it is a two-day event - the first day it goes from Ottawa to Kingston, the second day from Kingston back to Ottawa. The distances are one way. So if you do the Classic route, that is 354km for the weekend (a bit over 200miles). The good news is that the first day starts on relatively flat/ rolling terrain, the hills pick up in the second half, and over the course of the day there is a net elevation gain. The second day starts with more hills, then ends on easier terrain, and there is a net elevation loss, which is nice. Not sure it is wine country, but certainly no shortage of micro-brew beers.
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Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
I have two favorite centuries, both in California.

The first is the Chico Wildflower, in northern California, which I've ridden at least 8x. Plenty of climbing - 5,000+ ft – through gorgeous scenery where the Cascade Range meets the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The food - fresh bakes pastries, gourmet sandwiches at the lunch stop, and a fine dinner - is as good as I've had on a ride.

My other fav is the Solvang Century, in the Coast Range Mountains. The scenery reminds me of my trip to Ireland - rolling green terrain - with 5,000+ feet of climbing, and the tough hills coming at the end of the ride. Coming in early to mid March each year - which is wintertime in CA - weather can be on the cool side (by CA standards). It's rained just a few times - and only for part of the time - that I've made this ride over the long years. In fact, I've ridden this century more than 20 times.
+1

Or, the Tour of Napa Valley and Levi's Gran Fondo. Friends do this every year, and rave about them. They're on my list...
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Originally Posted by yifeng vivi View Post
I'm looking for a top-notch century ride next spring with a challenging route through a gorgeous landscape and reliably good weather, particularly one hosted in a great location for a vacation before/after with lots of good food and good wine.
If you'd settle for 30 miles in 25 degree weather and splitting a twelver of Busch Light at the end, come to Wisconsin in March....we'll hook you up.
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