If you're new to cycling, a 100-mile ride can seem daunting—even deranged. A common response to a century ride suggestion might be: "Are you nuts? That's like doing an entire stage of the Tour de France!"
While it's true that a 100-mile ride is never easy, there are century rides tailored to less experienced cyclists. These events include rolling starts—which means you begin the ride whenever you'd like—plenty of rest stops and hydration centers along the way and little to no elevation gain.
Here are eight not-too-deranged, totally manageable century rides for beginning cyclists to consider.