9 Century Rides for First-Timers
San Diego, California - March 2, 2014 1 of 10
This ride is one for the ladies. Limited to 1000 women and 100 men participants, this coastal ride is the perfect opportunity to support the growth of women's cycling. The 100 lucky men who get a spot in the race will be competing for the title of Rico Suave—just part of the fun festivities that this event promises to offer.
Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego
San Diego, California - April 6, 2014 2 of 10
What better place to start a Gran Fondo than in Little Italy? This Italian-inspired Fondo promises to offer a beautiful and flat coastal route, great food and a passion for cycling rarely seen inside the United States. The post-ride festivities include a full Italian lunch, beer garden and free massage.
Lodi Sunrise Century
Lodi, California - May 17, 2014 3 of 10
This touring event offers a relaxed atmosphere and welcomes all newcomers. Pedal through vineyards, tranquil pastures and open farmland over lightly-traveled roads. Thirty and 60-mile options are also available.
Yaquina Lighthouse Ride
Newport, Oregon - August 2014 4 of 10
This is the only organized ride along the Oregon Coast, which is known for its scenery and quaint towns. This relaxing ride heads out of Newport past Yaquina Bay and the historic lighthouse before heading down highway 101 along the coast.
Point to Pint
Syracuse, New York - August 2014 5 of 10
How far will you ride for a good beer? Enjoy a pre-ride breakfast at Empire Brewing Company before heading out on a 100-mile course. Ride alongside other thirsty enthusiasts all with a similar goal in mind: finish as fast as you can to enjoy a terrific post-ride party.
Lakes and Grapes Century Ride
Fredericksburg, Virginia - September 2014 6 of 10
This beautiful ride crosses over Lake Anna and stops at a nearby winery for those interested in a less competitive atmosphere. The 100-mile century option also includes a post-ride dinner at the Ron Rosner Family YMCA. For those not interested in the century, options of 20, 40, 50, and 70-mile courses are offered.
Aiken to Ride Century
Aiken, South Carolina - September 2014 7 of 10
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.
Shore Cycle Club Belleplain Fall Century
Woodbine, New Jersey - September 2014 8 of 10
Traverse through flat and scenic southern New Jersey forests and coastal towns for the chance to enjoy perfect fall scenery. Rest stops at East Point Lighthouse on the Delaware Bay and a section through beautiful Cape May are two of the ride highlights. The course has two loops and can be done either as a metric century (63 miles) or full century (100 miles).
AMA Challenge 2013 Tour de Cure
Ashton, Idaho - September 2014 9 of 10
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.