18 Fall Century Rides in 2014
2014 Mammoth Fall Century and Gran Fondo
Mammoth Lakes, California - September 5, 2014 1 of 19
This bucket list race features jaw-dropping views of the Sierra Nevada Range, Mono Lake and the White Mountains. Do bring your climbing bike, as the course starts at a cool 8,000 feet of elevation and has well over 6,000 miles of climbing sprinkled throughout the 100-mile course. But what fun would spectacular views be if you didn't have to work to get there?
Highlander Cycle Tour
Canandaigua, New York - September 5, 2014 2 of 19
Seven events are offered as part of the Tour, but one stands out. The Quads Hills Century is a 100-mile ride with 10,000 feet of climbing, with grades approaching 23 percent on some ascents. You'll be rewarded with some of the most amazing scenery in upstate New York.
Maine Lighthouse Ride
South Portland, Maine - September 6, 2014 3 of 19
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 4 of 19
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.
Tahoe Sierra Century
Olympic Valley, California - September 13, 2014 5 of 19
This "Miles for Music" ride gives all proceeds to the music programs at North Tahoe Middle and High Schools. Enjoy the views as you climb 6,800 feet including a summit of Donner Pass.
Tour de Whidbey
Greenbank, Washington - September 20, 2014 6 of 19
Explore the island located in the Puget Sound, not far from Seattle. The terrain features farmland, rural roads, and 360-degree views of the sound and everything it touches. Choose from distances of 30, 40, 50 or 100 miles.
North Shore Century
Evanston, Illinois - September 21, 2014 7 of 19
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 8 of 19
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.
2014 Honolulu Century Ride
Honolulu, Hawaii - September 28, 2014 9 of 19
Hawaii's largest cycling event is a fully supported ride through some of the island's most scenic landscape. Although the course is a 100-mile century ride, there are options available to shorten the ride if needed.
Six-Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride
Dahlonega, Georgia - September 28, 2014 10 of 19
Dahlonega offers some of the steepest climbs around, and the Six Gap Century will takes riders over sections of road above 15 percent in gradient. On the 104-mile course, you'll have to ascend 11,200 feet to reach the finish—including a 7-mile section that averages over 7-percent grades.
Share the Road Ride
Simi Valley, California - October 5, 2014 11 of 19
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.
Black Bear Century
Minisink Hills, Pennsylvania - October 11, 2014 12 of 19
Seven different distances are offered, ranging from 32 to 107 miles. The long one, though, is where your climbing is put to the test. More than 9.700 feet of elevation gain will take you to the highest point in New Jersey with 100-mile-plus views in all directions—all with fall foliage creating stunning backdrops of color in every direction.
North Las Vegas Century
Las Vegas, Nevada - October 18, 2014 13 of 19
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.
Shelter Century Fall Foliage Tour
Easton, Maryland - October 18, 2014 14 of 19
This ride (not race) takes place on the eastern shore of Maryland along the quiet roads of Talbot County. The will pass by the Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers to allow riders to take in some of the best fall scenery of any where in the country. Choose the 100-mile century or the 32- or 63-mile fitness rides.
Santa Barbara Century
Santa Barbara, California - October 18, 2014 15 of 19
Explore one of Southern California's gems, where the coastline and mountains squeeze tightly together. The result is a century ride with challenging climbs and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.
Gran Fondo Atlanta-Roswell
Roswell, Georgia - October 19, 2014 16 of 19
Join the Southern Bicycle League in bringing the first edition of the Italian-style bike race to the city of Atlanta and the region of Roswell. Choose from distances of 106, 63 or 34 miles with a timed hill climb challenge in the longer distance. A post-ride party and celebration will be provided for all participants.
2014 Palm Desert Century
Palm Desert, California - November 8, 2014 17 of 19
This recreational bicycle event allows riders to choose their distance ranging from 20 miles up to 130 miles. Taking place in the low desert near Coachella Valley, the course is safe, scenic and takes places on roads with minimal traffic.
Gran Fondo Italia Miami-Coral Gable
Miami-Coral Gables, Florida - November 9, 2014 18 of 19
Pedal through Miami and the south coastlines along with local pros in this Giro d' Italia sponsored race. Wide lanes and a police escort through the city are highlights of the event, along with a huge after party under the sunny skies of South Beach. Choose from distances of 25, 63 or 109 miles.