As I begin to build my bike mileage in prep for a fall HIM, I'm looking for some century ride suggestions for summer/fall. I've never done much more than 40 miles so far, so thinking a metric century in the next couple of months is a good way to start and maybe a full 100 in the early fall. Reston, Indian Head and Seagull are out given race/other conflicts. Anyone ever done the Backroads century with potomac pedalers (4500 ft of climbing sounds a bit ambitious for my level...though I really have no concept of what that would be like). Any and all recommendations welcomed here.
I figure there will be plenty of less formal long rides between Tuan's rides and other training rides as club members are amping up for fall long course races but I'd love to get something official on the calendar, even if just to make me get out on my bike for long rides now in preparation!
Just got this passed on to me from my pops...
A ride from DC to Sugarloaf and back sounds like just the ticket, but here are few more options:
- Mountain Mama Challenge (The 68 mile ride is amazing, and not too challenging!)
- Shenandoah Valley Century
- Bay Country Century
- Civil War Century
- Culpeper Cycling Century
The hills on the Bay Country Century (which last for most of the course) have A LOT of personality....be ready! :) Course is gorgeous - farm/wine country for most of the way and bayside towns for the last 20 miles.
(Wow, I guess her cycling WAS much improved at the Wash, DC Tri.)
Maybe the hardest local century is Civil War (War Between the States), about 7,000 ft of climb, most in the first 40 up Catoctin and another mt, as well as a final, exposed 20 miles, reminiscent of EagleMan.
[The easiest local century, if the weather is ok, is Seagull, totally flat, lots of clubbers to keep one company, Ocean City hangout options afterwards.]
Bike Virginia in late June usually has 1-2 centuries rides of varying difficulty with thousands of other riders.
[A most fun century is Reston, which is local, well supported, and has a burgeoning tradition of a flock of NTPers using it to do their first century, from metric distance (62) to full English (100).]
There's also a century that swoops around Frederick, MD that's supposed to be beautiful. Don't know the name; Phil Schmidt and Laurel Brown did it last year.
An unsupported century, from Georgetown or Hains to Sugarloaf, often done on the Saturday long rides, stopping at 7-11s along the way...
Wow! Encyclopedia Moser mentioned every local century rides in the book except for the most famous of them all .... the Vietnamese Century. I'm shocked. I'm disappointed but I will SURVIVE!
If you're looking for something as a goal event for the fall, I would suggest Civil War or Reston. The Civil War 100 has a lot of climbing, but you can bail out after some of the big climbs if it's proving to be a too long of a day. Reston is obviously closer, and a less difficult course re climbing. Seagull is in October, so that may be too close to race day.
Of course, with all the daylight, an excursion to Purcellville & back via the W&OD is a pretty good way to spend a day, provided you account for the stop-and-go east of Vienna. Reston Towne Center, Ashburn General Store (BBQ!), and Leesburg are good intermediate milestones to measure your progress.
I was going to jokingly suggest 20 short hains loops for the metric century, but then I remembered that there was a serious conversation on here a little while ago about hosting a club practice FULL IRONMAN at hains point. So yea, there's that...
Links with Dates for the above mentioned Centuries. Bay to Bay looked good - thanks for the add. Unfortunately it was today.
http://bikemountainmama.homestead.com/. August 7, 2010
http://www.restonbikeclub.org/restoncentury/ Sunday, August 22, 2010
http://www.civilwarcentury.com/ September 11, 2010
http://www.ohbike.org/century/ Sunday, September 12, 2010
http://www.svbcoalition.org/events/century/ September 12th, 2010
http://www.backroadscentury.org/. Sunday, September 19, 2010
http://www.culpepercyclingcentury.com/ Saturday, October 2, 2010
http://www.seagullcentury.org/ October 9, 2010
Thanks for posting this handy list Simon. For those who are interested, there's an organized ride this coming Saturday that, while not a century, could be a good time nevertheless. They have options for 13, 26, 46, and 64 miles.
oops, by b. the ride was june 12. :)
This is what happens when you date a lucid chicken. Your human clock goes out of whack. You operate on the chicken time continuum. When will the human species learn?
Just stick to the basics. Vietnamese Century July 18th ... 'nough said!
As you were,
It was the "Eat a Peach" century that Phil, Laurel, I and some others did last year Ed.
It was a pretty good supported ride...but surprisingly just as hilly as Western Maryland, though not as steep.