Take advantage of your last opportunity to pedal 60-plus miles this year with one of these metric century rides.
Share the Road RideOct. 8, 2016; Simi Valley, Calif. 1 of 9
Providing riders a fantastic combo of climbing, scenic vistas and long flats, the Share the Road Ride offers a near perfect 62 miles to end your cycling season. The ride, which includes several distances to choose from, also gives cyclists a chance to honor fellow riders who've lost their lives participating in the sport they love.
Wine and Roses Bike RideOct. 15, 2016; Templeton, Calif. 2 of 9
How does a nice Pinot Noir sound after spinning your pedals 60 miles? Well, that's exactly what you'll get when you complete the Wine and Roses Bike Ride, a ride that ventures into the most picturesque scenery of Cali's Central Coast.
Kern Wheelman SpooktacularOct. 15, 2016; Bakersfield, Calif. 3 of 9
Everything's eerie at the Kern Wheelman Spooktacular bike ride: the rest stops, the costumes, the bikes and the lack of traffic. The Halloween-themed metric century also promises some monstrous climbs, so come prepared for a frightening and exhausting day in the saddle.
PD500 Shake Off the Hills ChallengeOct. 15, 2016; Glenmore, Pa. 4 of 9
Don't be fooled by the hot cider offered at the beginning of the ride—this hilly affair is sure to have your quads screaming in agony. However, your completion of this brutal route will be well-rewarded at the post-race party, which includes a hearty lunch, complimentary beer and live rock music to boot.
Nightmare on Elm Street Metric CenturyOct. 22, 2016; Commerce, Ga. 5 of 9
If the name isn't enough to scare you, you'll surely become frightened by this metric century's fast pace and rolling hills. Fortunately, a beautiful autumn day in the Georgia countryside, complete with fully supported stops, food, drinks and music, will greet every rider. It might be a nightmare, but at least it has a happy ending.
Tour de TugalooOct. 22, 2016; Toccoa, Ga. 6 of 9
This moderately challenging ride, which winds along the Historic Tugaloo River Corridor, promises scenic views at every turn. And when you're riding 100 km through the southern base of the Appalachian Mountains, we have a tendency to believe them.
Challenge the Bear 2016Oct. 22, 2016; Tehachapi, Calif. 7 of 9
With nearly 8,000 feet of climbing and a maximum elevation of over 6,000 feet, they better give you a medal for completing this daring trek. And don't worry, they do. You'll also experience crisp, clean air, beautiful views of lakes and gorgeous vistas, and fully supported rest stops.
Turkey Roll Bicycle RallyNov. 19, 2016; Denton, Texas 8 of 9
If you want to stretch that belly out before your epic Thanksgiving dinner the following week, we recommend this ride that offers all-you-can-eat Syracuse sausage at the finish. Of course, you'll have to bike 100 km to get there, but we think it's worth a day in the saddle.