11 Century Rides for Beginners
Katy Flatland Century
Katy, Texas - July 20, 2014 1 of 12
For your first century, you'll want to stay away from the hills. The Katy Flatland Century is perfect for your first go at the 100-mile distance, and there's plenty of post-race treats at the finish to reward your day of hard work.
Ordway, Colorado - July 26, 2014 2 of 12
For a century in Colorado, it won't get much flatter than this route through the southeastern part of the state. The easy course and ride support are perfect for a first-time century rider or for anyone looking to beat a personal best.
2014 Firefighter 50 Bike Ride
Westminster, Maryland - July 2, 2014 3 of 12
Beautiful countryside and low traffic roads highlight the all new century option of the Firefighter 50. All proceeds will benefit the Firefighters of the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department.
Point to Pint
Syracuse, New York - August 24, 2014 4 of 12
How far will you ride for a good beer? Enjoy a pre-ride breakfast at Empire Brewing Company before heading out on a 100-mile course. Ride alongside other thirsty enthusiasts all with a similar goal in mind: finish as fast as you can to enjoy a terrific post-ride party. It's the perfect way to celebrate conquering your first century.
Lakes and Grapes
Fredericksburg, Virginia - September 6, 2014 5 of 12
This beautiful ride crosses over Lake Anna and stops at a nearby winery for those interested in a less competitive atmosphere. The 100-mile century option also includes a post-ride dinner at the Ron Rosner Family YMCA. For those not interested in the century, options of 20-, 40-, 50- and 70-mile courses are offered.
2014 Maine Lighthouse Ride
South Portland, Maine - September 6, 2014 6 of 12
Several distances are offered, including a 100-mile trek that passes nine of Maine's iconic lighthouses and ventures into breathtaking coastal areas.
Aiken to Ride Century
Aiken, South Carolina - September 7, 2014 7 of 12
Travel through horse country in Aiken county on this perfect route for newcomers. The roads throughout the area are in very good condition, and the ride offers full SAGG support should any problems arise. There is a big post-ride meal and showers available so you don't have to sit in your sweaty gear. Shorter routes are also an option if you don't feel up for the 100-miler.
North Shore Century
Evanston, Illinois - September 21, 2014 8 of 12
One of Chicago's premiere rides, the North Shore Century is a relaxed race with plenty of scenery to keep your mind occupied. Other than the 100-mile century, routes of 25, 50, 62, 70 and 100 miles are also offered.
AMA Challenge Tour de Cure 2014
Ashton, Idaho - September 27, 2014 9 of 12
If finishing your first century isn't enough motivation, riding for a good cause is sure to do the trick. All participants must raise at least $150, and the proceeds go towards preventing and finding a cure for diabetes.
Share the Road Ride
Simi Valley, California - October 5, 2014 10 of 12
Share the Road has two century-ride options: The "easy" route climbs 4,685 feet, while the "challenge" route climbs the famous Balcom Canyon Wall, totaling 5,571 feet for the distance. The ride raises awareness for cyclists and those who have lost their lives out on the road.
North Las Vegas Century
Las Vegas, Nevada - October 18, 2014 11 of 12
Trek around Las Vegas Valley on this fully supported and safe route. The ride includes multiple rest stops, route support, lunch and a finisher's medal.