Join us May 11, 2013 on a great ride, the Group Health Inland Empire Century (IEC). Routes showcasing the Columbia and Yakima rivers — through parks and over bridges — join a new route in the Horse Heaven Hills. Ride options are from an easy 25 miles to challenging 50, 75 or 100 mile tours. All routes showcase the scenic beauty of the lower Columbia River and Yakima valleys with their vineyards, wheat fields and fruit orchards.
$5 additional for all categories registering after April 13, 2013
Group Health Members
50% discount with code obtained from MyGroupHealth on www.ghc.org
This is the 34nd Inland Empire Century and the 9th sponsored by Group Health. The IEC is the largest regularly-scheduled road cycling event in the Mid-Columbia. This is a fully supported century with food, rest stops, route map, and sag support.
Helmets are required! Remember your patch kit and tire pump. Be prepared for cool or hot weather. Have layered clothing for cool weather, extra water and sunscreen for hot weather.
25 Miles: Tour the Columbia River and Yakima River delta on a loop through three riverside parks.
50 Miles: Loop the parks then continue to the Benton City rest stop, returning along the Yakima River.
75 Miles: Same as Century without the initial park loop.
100 Miles: Loop the parks then continue to Benton City rest stop. Climb Webber Canyon, then on to Prosser and return on the Old Inland Empire Highway.
SUPPORT: Inland Empire Century volunteers will be on the route manning rest stops and providing sag support. Sag drivers will have essential parts (tires, tubes, patches) and REI will have a mechanic at the ride start.
REGISTRATION: Register early. Go to www.active.com or www.inlandempirecentury.org or send in the attached registration form. Register early (by April 20) and receive a 2013 Inland Empire Century” t-shirt when you check in.
ADVANCE PACKET PICK UP: Packets may be picked up Friday evening, May 11 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., inside the lobby at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel (host hotel) in Richland.
START LINE OPENS: 6:30 a.m. and closes at 9:00 a.m. Riders starting earlier or later may encounter closed rest stops or lack of sag support.
REST STOPS: Enjoy a refreshing snack at any of the four rest stops along the Columbia River, in the Horse Heaven Hills, Benton City, and Prosser.
FINISH LINE will be staffed all day.
CELEBRATE with us at the Finish Line with a no-host Beer Garden at the Gazebo behind the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel.
Host Hotel : Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, 50 Comstock Street, Richland, WA 99352, (509) 946-4661. When calling for hotel accommodations, inform the hotel you are with the 2012 Group Health Inland Empire Century Bicycle Rally. Special host rates subject to room availability.
Additional Date Information6:30 to 9:00 AM
Fees$50.00 adults 50 - 100 miles,$35 adults 25 miles, $10sunder 18, free for riders under 13 accompanied by registered adult