14 Summer Century Rides
Tour de Melon
Chiefland, Florida - June 7, 2014 1 of 15
Take on the rural highways of central Florida with this tour, which starts and finishes near the Watermelon Festival in Chiefland. Catch some country scenery like the bridge over the Suwannee River on this mostly flat route.
Thread City Century
Chaplin, Connecticut - June 7, 2014 2 of 15
Head out from Connecticut's eastern Highlands to the lower Connecticut Valley. Descend through Devil's Hopyard State Park, cross the Connecticut River and get a first-hand look at the agricultural towns in rural Connecticut.
Big Hill Challenge
Watertown, Tennessee - June 14, 2014 3 of 15
Explore the quiet and quaint countryside of middle Tennessee, east of Nashville, during this century ride. With great climbing and a great post-ride meal, this is truly a secret treasure of a century ride.
The Revolutionary Ramble BIcycle Tour
Madison, New Jersey - June 14, 2014 4 of 15
Tour one of the nation's most scenic and historic areas on this 100-mile ride. Rest stops, refreshments and a full lunch buffet are offered after the ride.
2014 Ride for Life
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina - June 14, 2014 5 of 15
Trek the beautiful roads of southwest Raleigh while benefiting local charities. SAG vehicles and a complimentary lunch are included in the entry fees.
Castle Crags Century
Mt. Shasta, California - June 21, 2014 6 of 15
The 100-mile ride has 7,800 feet of climbing around the stratavolcano Mount Shasta, which at 14,179 feet is one of the tallest and most famous mountains in California.
Tour de Prairie
Cheyenne, Wyoming - June 28, 2014 7 of 15
The 20th annual century ride takes cyclists west of Cheyenne past Curt Gowdy State Park and through Medicine Bow National Forest. More than 3,000 feet of climbing will be conquered by the finishers.
McQueeney, Texas - July 12, 2014 8 of 15
This century is in honor of David Eikenburg, who died in a cycling accident 8 years ago. Explore southern Texas (just east of San Antonio) with all proceeds benefiting Camp Agape, a Christian bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one.
Ride de Root
Darby, Montana - July 12, 2014 9 of 15
See the beautiful Bitterroot Valley up close, as you ride through the rural roads of western Montana near the Idaho border. Post-ride barbecue and beer awaits you at the finish, which will surely help push you through the last few miles.
Santa Maria, California - July 19, 2014 10 of 15
Climb through the hills of Casmalia and past Vandenberg Air Force Base where you'll travel picturesque back roads on your way to the Danish village of Solvang. Finish up your effort with a Santa Maria style BBQ at Pioneer Park. Proceeds benefit the bike giveaway program for local elementary schools.
Ride Around Torch
Elk Rapids, Michigan - July 20, 2014 11 of 15
This route explores the coastline of Torch Lake, but cyclists should beware: the rolling hills of Michigan's Northern Peninsula are a challenge. The ride begins and finishes in Elk Rapids, about 17 miles north of Traverse City.
Tour de Whatcom
Bellingham, Washington - July 26, 2014 12 of 15
Photo Credit: Cesar Cruz
Get a look at Mount Baker, Lake Whatcom, valleys, rivers, lakes, farmland beaches and the Puget Sound at this annual ride in the northwest. The century has just 2,200 feet of climbing, a great option for your first 100-mile ride.
Hershey, Pennsylvania - August 9, 2014 13 of 15
Mmm...chocolate. Chocolate lovers will always remember this ride, as it takes participants through Hershey (home of Hershey's chocolate factory), Elizabethtown (home of M&M/Mars) and Lititz (home of Wilbur Chocolate Company). The route also explores Amish farmland and covered bridges of rural Pennsylvania.
Crater Lake Century
Klamath Falls, Oregon - August 16, 2014 14 of 15
Crater lake is one of the deepest lakes in the world, and the views of its 6-mile wide caldera are truly one-of-a-kind. The first 35 miles are on the valley floor, a nice warm-up before you begin the 3,000-foot climb up to the Crater Lake Rim.