14 Summer Century Rides
Tour de Melon
Chiefland, Florida - June 1 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 8 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 15 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.
Tour de Prairie
Cheyenne, Wyoming - June 22 4 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.
Cartersville, Georgia - June 29 5 of 15
Tackle the roads of Bartow County, north of Atlanta, at this fully supported century. An escorted mass start is at 8 a.m., but riders can beat the heat and leave earlier if they'd like. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bartow County.
McQueeney, Texas - July 6 6 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 13 7 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.
Ride Around Torch
Elk Rapids, Michigan - July 21 8 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 27 9 of 15
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.
Shasta Summit Century
Mt. Shasta, California - August 4 10 of 15
The 100-mile ride has 10,500 feet of climbing as it ascends the stratavolcano Mount Shasta, which at 14,179 feet is one of the tallest and most famous mountains in California.
La Veta, Colorado - August 10 11 of 15
Ride along Highway 12 (the "Highway of Legends") between La Veta and Segundo, with views of mountain peaks on each side of the road. There is 7,500 feet of elevation gain and when you reach the top of Cucharas Pass you will be 9,945 feet above sea level.
Yaquina Lighthouse Ride
Newport, Oregon - August 17 12 of 15
One of the only organized rides along Oregon's coastline, the 103-mile journey starts and finishes at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and follows the Yaquina and Siletz rivers. Enjoy the crashing waves, old-growth forests and everything in between during the ride.
Hershey, Pennsylvania - August 24 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.
Hero Ride 2013
Provo, Utah - August 31 14 of 15
The century ride has more than 10,600 feet of climbing and benefits the Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation to provide assistance to children and families facing significant life challenges. The century ride is designed to be challenging "to demonstrate that to honor the lifetime or hardship and suffering many of these families go through, we are willing to suffer for at least a day alongside them."