Fall century rides grant cyclists not only a more agreeable temperature, but also gorgeous scenery, the smell of crisp, autumn air and the reds, browns and oranges of the changing foliage.
So, grab your pumpkin-flavored whatever and give one of these fall century rides a spin.
Syracuse Ride for Missing ChildrenSept. 16, 2016; Syracuse, N.Y. 1 of 10
Yes, you'll get to enjoy the beauty of upstate New York before it gets too cold to bear, but this ride is about more than the scenery or how fast you can pedal. Raising awareness for missing children, the ride is unique in that all cyclists, escorted by local law enforcement, ride in a group at a moderate pace of 14 to 18 mph. Riders stop by schools where cheering schoolchildren and their parents greet them. There, cyclists spend time speaking to children and raising awareness of missing children in the U.S.
Rotary Rivers & Ridges RideOct. 1, 2016; Clarkston, Wash. 2 of 10
Situated near the border of Washington and Idaho, this scenic ride takes cyclists along the beautiful Snake and Clearwater Rivers. You'll encounter rolling hills, long descents and picturesque views of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. The route is fully paved, and includes several rest stops and a meal at Riverfest for those who brave the 100-mile ride.
Escape New YorkSept. 24, 2016; New York City 3 of 10
Don't worry, this is not 1997 (anymore). You're not Snake Plissken and the U.S. government did not turn Manhattan into a maximum-security prison. Nonetheless, this ride should be a thrill. Celebrating its 21st year, Escape New York, which traverses Bergen and Rockland Counties, offers rolling hills and postcard views of the Hudson River. You'll cross the famous George Washington Bridge, eat good food and meet wonderful people.
No Hill HundredOct. 1, 2016; Fallon, Nev. 4 of 10
In case you couldn't discern it from the ride's name, this 100-mile route is as flat as a pancake. If your little legs can't handle inclined plains or grades of more than one percent—or you fancy yourself a sprinter in the Tour de France—this ride should be right up your alley. But just because your legs won't cramp and you'll likely finish bonk-free doesn't mean you'll go home empty handed. No, this ride gives all participants a cycling jersey and plenty of other commemorative swag.
WCBC Savage CenturyOct. 15, 2016; Newark, Del. 5 of 10
If you think this ride is named after "Wonder Years" great Fred Savage, you'd be sorely mistaken. By "savage," they mean brutally difficult. Fortunately, October should provide gorgeous weather for this ride through rural Delaware. And, if your legs aren't feeling up to the 100-mile task, you can always choose shorter routes of 40, 60 or 75 miles.
Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100Oct. 16, 2016; Millersville, Md. 6 of 10
Offering a mix of road and paved trails, this 100-mile route takes riders through the downtown area of Maryland's gorgeous state capital, Annapolis (also home of the U.S. Naval Academy), and the lovely Severn River in the heart of autumn. The ride coincides with a community health fair, which will include health screenings and fun activities for kids and family.
Canyon Classic ChallengeOct. 22, 2016; Patterson, Calif. 7 of 10
Don't let the beauty of this ride cloak its difficulty. Sure, you'll ride through some of the most breathtaking areas of California wine country and have a picturesque lunch in Livermore Valley. But while the views will keep you smiling, your legs will be crying out in self-inflicted pain. With a 5,500-foot climb up Del Puerto Canyon, you'll need a glass of wine when it's all said and done.
Richard Selje Ride4RecoveryOct. 29, 2016; Pasadena, Calif. 8 of 10
Thanks to Southern California's amazing year-round temperature, we can't guarantee fall-like climate conditions. However, we can guarantee an awesome time for an awesome cause. The ride is fully supported with regular SAG stops, where you can refuel with liquids, snacks, gels and bars. All proceeds go to benefit the Gooden Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.
Giant Omelette Celebration RideNov. 5, 2016; Lavayette, La. 9 of 10
Held in conjunction with the Giant Omelette Celebration—which is exactly what you'd think it is, a celebration with giant omelettes—this ride tours the southern Louisiana town of Abbeville and surrounding areas. Volunteers support the ride with frequent SAG stops with energy gels, food and drinks. And don't forget to fill up with some tasty omelettes after the long trek. You can't make an omelette without exercising a few legs.