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americancyclo
01-26-2012, 06:35 AM
I rode my first (Seagull) century last year and am already searching for another big ride or two to look forward to this year. Does anyone have any favorites, or recommendations? I really wanted to ride Jeremiah Bishop's Alpine Loop Gran Fondo (http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/) after reading Dirt's synopsis and watching the videos, but unfortunately I have a conflicting commitment.

I'm looking for a road ride within 3 hours of the DC area with a bit of climbing. I know some folks that enjoyed the Backroads Century (http://www.backroadscentury.org/), but I'd love to hear about any rides that forum folks have enjoyed (or suffered through)

Maybe I'll even try to keep an updated list here, unless someone has a link of that already!

Tim Kelley
01-26-2012, 08:13 AM
I'm pretty sure a couple people from the forum are doing http://www.total200.com/ later this year. Early bird registration prices go up next week!

JimF22003
01-26-2012, 09:09 AM
A good one early in the spring is the CASA ride out of Shepardstown. Capital 2 Capital in Richmond/Williamsburg is also an easy early-season ride. Here are a few links from rides I did last year. Some of these links are for previous years, but you should be able to find the current versions using your Google Fu. Some like Mountains of Misery and Civil War Century will also sell out early. The (!!!) ones are mega-hilly.

Tour de Carrol metric: http://tourdecarroll.com/App_Content/home.aspx
Six Pillars, Cambridge: http://www.6pillarscentury.org/
Queen City, Staunton, VA: http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=10566
Cap 2 Cap: http://www.virginiacapitaltrail.org/page/Cap2Cap2011.aspx
CVCC, Boonsboro MD: http://www.bikecvcc.com/cvcc_century.html
Reston Century: http://www.active.com/cycling/reston-va/28th-annual-reston-bike-club-century-2010
Bay Country, Owings MD: http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=11148
Tour de Valley, Waynesboro: http://milepostzero.homestead.com/TDV.html
CASA, shepardstown: http://www.casarivercentury.org/
Mountains of Misery, Blacksburg(!!!!) http://www.cyclingdoubleheader.com/mountains-of-misery
Charity Ride, Cumberland (!!!): http://www.ctcbikes.com/charityride.html
Civil War Century: http://www.civilwarcentury.com/
Heart of Virginia, Richmond: http://www.heartofvabikefestival.org/
Mountain Mama(!!!), west of Staunton: http://bikemountainmama.homestead.com/


I've got more where those come from, but those should get you started :)

Dirt
01-26-2012, 09:30 AM
Garrett County Gran Fondo, AKA "The Diabolical Double": http://www.winthefight.org/granfondo/diabolical_double.htm 125 miles and 16000+ feet of climbing.

KS1G
01-26-2012, 02:07 PM
My favorites have already been mentioned. Reston Century (I can bike to the start), CWC (in spite of crashing @ mile 95 last year!), PPTC, Seagull. I was thinking of doing the Gran Fondo in Harrisonburg, but the CWC crash (nothing broken but th road rash & bruises still hurt) ruled that out. Oxon Hill Bike Club has a good list at http://ohbike.org/events/index.htm

Marcella
01-26-2012, 02:38 PM
My favorites are the Ride to End Hunger in Calvert County in April, the Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride in June and the Civil War Century in September.

The Ride to End Hunger is on April 28. The route takes you along the Chesapeake (on the western side) and also up to Deale. In the past there's been good schwag -- a nice totebag plus other odds and ends in addition to the t-shirt. And your registration fee goes toward feeding people.

This is the url for the Patuxent River Ride. They haven't updated it yet for 2012 but the info rarely changes from year to year, other than the date. This year it's June 16. http://www.ohbike.org/events/rural_legacy_eflyer.html

The Oxon Hil club also had the Soutern Maryland Fall Century on Sept 9. I'll be volunteering at that one. http://ohbike.org/century/index.htm

I did the Reston Century (metric) last year for the first time in a while. I didn't love it. Too much on the WOD, which is understandable given the lack of alternate routes in some areas, but still. Also I didn't like the spacing of the reststops.

I did the Seagull in a nor'easter some years ago. Do not ever do a bike ride in a nor'easter. Seriously, no matter how much you prepaid for it. Just say no.

Also, it's more than 3 hours away and there's a $250 fundraising minimum, but one of the best rides I've ever done was the Livestrong ride outside of Philadelphia. It's very hilly but the scenery is beautiful and the atmosphere among the riders can't be beat.

vvill
01-26-2012, 08:17 PM
I've only done the Backroads Century (last year) and I thought it was mostly awesome (my first century). It does take awhile to get out there though.

I'm considering the Air Force Cycling Challenge Crystal Ride (up to 100km) and the Reston Century this year amongst others but I really don't want to pay for a group ride on the W&OD. I think I'll do Bike DC this year too as I've always thought it sounded fun (when they close off the GW Parkway). I think I need at least another year of cycling to figure out what I can actually do - don't think I could finish the Total 200 or the more extreme climbing events, fun as they sound.

The Oxon Hill club maintain a good list of events here
http://ohbike.org/events/

americancyclo
01-26-2012, 10:19 PM
Of course Tim and Pete would suggest the insane rides. 200 miles? 16000 ft of climbing? I thought the JB would be a stretch at 9600 ft or whatever it is.

Thanks for all the links everyone! When I narrow it down I might ask for more opinions. But I'm definitely looking to do at least one century, the full w&od and Pete's insane Arlington hills this year.

Marcella
01-26-2012, 10:44 PM
Insane Arlington hills?

americancyclo
01-27-2012, 07:33 AM
Insane Arlington hills?

The Kill Bill Century that Dirt put together. It's a modification of the PPTC Kill Bill Ride. 100 miles and 10,000 ft of climbing. gps track (http://ridewithgps.com/trips/415512). It appears around page 7 or 8 of the Arlington's toughest hills list (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?95-Arlington-s-toughest-hills-list) thread. I missed out this past fall, but I'm keeping an eye out for the next running of it this year.

Dirt
01-27-2012, 07:42 AM
The Kill Bill Century that Dirt put together. It's a modification of the PPTC Kill Bill Ride. 100 miles and 10,000 ft of climbing. gps track (http://ridewithgps.com/trips/415512). It appears around page 7 or 8 of the Arlington's toughest hills list (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?95-Arlington-s-toughest-hills-list) thread. I missed out this past fall, but I'm keeping an eye out for the next running of it this year.

That ride will return for 2012. Honestly, I'm not sure I even need to change the route.

CCrew
01-27-2012, 07:51 AM
I've only done the Backroads Century (last year) and I thought it was mostly awesome (my first century). It does take awhile to get out there though.

Thanks for the chuckle. I only live 10 miles further west and come into DC. I (seriously) love catching references to how gawdawful far we are from civilization :)

vvill
01-27-2012, 08:26 AM
That ride will return for 2012. Honestly, I'm not sure I even need to change the route.

:cool:


Thanks for the chuckle. I only live 10 miles further west and come into DC. I (seriously) love catching references to how gawdawful far we are from civilization :)

I'm amazed at how far you ride! But I (seriously) don't like driving early in the morning, or after riding 100 mi. My wife has family in WV so we're out around Winchester a fair bit but on that day I think I bonked some way into the return drive and it seemed to take hours.

Marcella
01-27-2012, 11:41 AM
I'm considering the Air Force Cycling Challenge Crystal Ride (up to 100km) and the Reston Century this year amongst others but I really don't want to pay for a group ride on the W&OD.

In defense of the Reston century, the full 100-mile route gets you more time on roads and off the trail, and I've heard it's quite challenging. I've only done the metric, since I no longer have interest in full centuries.

And even the shorter route was worth doing once, since I plan to use parts of the cue sheet to add variety to my solo WOD rides.

consularrider
01-27-2012, 12:31 PM
In defense of the Reston century, the full 100-mile route gets you more time on roads and off the trail, and I've heard it's quite challenging. I've only done the metric, since I no longer have interest in full centuries.

And even the shorter route was worth doing once, since I plan to use parts of the cue sheet to add variety to my solo WOD rides.

What she said, and I've done the full imperial century four times. It gets modified a little each year so there is always something new. :D

consularrider
01-31-2012, 10:32 AM
PPTC's February Pedal Patter has a listing of local metric and imperial century rides from now until October. It's not exhaustive, but is a good starting point. I got my printed copy yesterday, but it doesn't seem to be up on their website yet.

I also am waiting for a reprise of the Kill Bill Century since I bailed on the last one at the metric century mark.

DCAKen
02-07-2012, 11:33 AM
WABA announced the 2012 Vasa Ride (http://www.waba.org/events/2012VasaRide.php) for March 4th, with warm blueberry soup after the ride at the House of Sweden in Georgetown.

baiskeli
02-07-2012, 01:27 PM
In defense of the Reston century, the full 100-mile route gets you more time on roads and off the trail, and I've heard it's quite challenging. I've only done the metric, since I no longer have interest in full centuries.

We have alot in common. I also recall lots of roads in the Reston Century (most seemed to be going up hills) and I also have less interest in full centuries than I once did.

americancyclo
06-26-2012, 02:04 PM
I just committed to riding two more centuries before September.

2012 Reston Century (http://www.restonbikeclub.org/restoncentury/index_html/document_view) - Aug 26 - anyone else on the forum riding this one? I'm gonna ride from my house and tack on an extra 10 miles each way.

2012 Peak Season Century (http://www.peakseasoncentury.org/) - Oct 6 - with a bunch of friends in upstate NY. Doubt anyone from here is going, but felt compelled to list it anyway

Tim Kelley
06-26-2012, 02:35 PM
This one might make it on the schedule this year: http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/

TwoWheelsDC
06-26-2012, 02:56 PM
I just committed to riding two more centuries before September.

2012 Reston Century (http://www.restonbikeclub.org/restoncentury/index_html/document_view) - Aug 26 - anyone else on the forum riding this one? I'm gonna ride from my house and tack on an extra 10 miles each way.

2012 Peak Season Century (http://www.peakseasoncentury.org/) - Oct 6 - with a bunch of friends in upstate NY. Doubt anyone from here is going, but felt compelled to list it anyway

Looking at the route, I may do the Reston Century. I've got the Civil War Century two weeks after that, so I think that's plenty of recovery time and the Reston Century doesn't require a hotel stay like the CWC. That would put me at 3 organized centuries for the season, which I feel good about. Next year I may try the Mountains of Misery, but there was no I way I could've done it this year.

americancyclo
06-26-2012, 03:02 PM
This one might make it on the schedule this year: http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/
I so wanted to do that, but with family that went to WVU and JMU, it wasn't gonna happen with the football game on the same day.

americancyclo
06-26-2012, 03:03 PM
Looking at the route, I may do the Reston Century.
Let me know if you want to try to meet up at some point!

Dirt
06-26-2012, 03:11 PM
The autumnal running of the Kill Bill Century needs to happen too. I promised that we'd do another, possibly more stupider Kill Bill ride. Any suggestions for timing? I've had one vote for early September.

Bilsko
06-26-2012, 10:15 PM
The autumnal running of the Kill Bill Century needs to happen too. I promised that we'd do another, possibly more stupider Kill Bill ride. Any suggestions for timing? I've had one vote for early September.

Sounds like a good time to me. I'm hoping to join this time around.

JimF22003
06-27-2012, 03:03 AM
I've done the Reston Century about four times I think. It's a good event, very well attended. I'm not super crazy about the way the do the routes. There are about four separate loops, and the rest stops all are in Hamilton, so there's not a lot of variety there, and you end up riding the same roads a bit getting into and out of there. The first year I did it it was a true nice big loop, which I prefer.

The local cops watch over traffic very very closely, and have ticketed riders going through stop signs in the past (not objecting to this -- just a heads up :) )

I've ridden all those roads so many times on my own, that it's hard for me to justify doing this century ride any more, but this is a great introduction to some of the nicer parts of Loudon county such as Snickersville Pike, Hillsboro and vicinity, Waterford etc.

TwoWheelsDC
06-27-2012, 08:44 AM
Let me know if you want to try to meet up at some point!

Absolutely! I really need to try riding with some of the people from the forum, in general. I know I'll get dropped, but it'll be a good workout just trying to keep up!


I've ridden all those roads so many times on my own, that it's hard for me to justify doing this century ride any more, but this is a great introduction to some of the nicer parts of Loudon county such as Snickersville Pike, Hillsboro and vicinity, Waterford etc.

Exactly...I have no problem paying to participate in an organized ride if it's in a place I'd like to explore, but may be unfamiliar with. Also, having support and the company of others for a ride makes it so much more pleasant, that makes it well worth it.

SteveTheTech
06-29-2012, 05:03 PM
I think I'm in for the Reston Century.

So far the family calender is clear. woo

vvill
07-06-2012, 09:20 PM
This one might make it on the schedule this year: http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/

I may try to make this one. It sounds really fun and it's definitely somewhere I haven't ridden before. Might be hard for me to squeeze a full Kill Bill around it though - maybe I'd just join for the Barcroft portion.

SteveTheTech
07-07-2012, 10:16 PM
This one might make it on the schedule this year: http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Hfa-qhAWrZU/T_jw6bxx7jI/AAAAAAAAs88/FPU2ZRBAsKY/s592/That_Is_Amazing.jpg

I missed this the first time through.

You just made my September! (my birthday, my wifes birthday and my wedding anniversary are in that month, but still) :)

Greenbelt
07-17-2012, 10:57 AM
I'm sure lots of people already use this link, but I found it really useful:
http://ohbike.org/events/index.htm

vvill
08-17-2012, 01:14 PM
This one might make it on the schedule this year: http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/

I'm signed up for this century now. Anyone have any ideas on how the heck to train for such a ride in the DC area?
http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/routes.html

americancyclo
08-17-2012, 01:20 PM
I'm signed up for this century now. Anyone have any ideas on how the heck to train for such a ride in the DC area?
http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/routes.html

Ride the Kill Bill Century a few times?

Tim Kelley
08-17-2012, 01:25 PM
I'm signed up for this century now. Anyone have any ideas on how the heck to train for such a ride in the DC area?
http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/routes.html

100 41st Street repeats? Go to the dentist to get a cavity filled without using novocaine?

DismalScientist
08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
The towpath with a flat rear tire?

TwoWheelsDC
08-17-2012, 01:54 PM
I'm signed up for this century now. Anyone have any ideas on how the heck to train for such a ride in the DC area?
http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/routes.html

Jeebus, and I thought the Civil War Century was going to be tough.

Better keep your speed up though...


TIME CUTS: Riders who are unable to average 10 mph by miles 32 (at 12:15 p.m.) and 55 (at 2:30 p.m) will be required to detour onto the Shenandoah Mountain Medio route.

Bilsko
08-17-2012, 01:55 PM
I'm signed up for this century now. Anyone have any ideas on how the heck to train for such a ride in the DC area?
http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/routes.html
This got me thinking about what resources there are to find the best hill-rides; I haven't found anything that lists the hilliest rides in the District (although I vaguely recall a comment thread on one of Washcycle's blog posts about it...), but you can search the rides on GPSies.com by Total Climb (in the Extended Search section)... I suspect Strava (probably premium only) will let you order rides/segments by climb too.

Bilsko
08-17-2012, 01:57 PM
Jeebus, and I thought the Civil War Century was going to be tough.

Better keep your speed up though...

TwoWheels - are you still in for the Reston Century? I just saw AmericanCyclo this morning and discussed it and I'm now signed up. My plan is to ride out on the WO&D to Falls Church to meet up with him and then ride on to Reston. (I'll be coming from MacArthur Blvd over Key Bridge onto Custis and then on to WO&D - bright, well dark, and early)

TwoWheelsDC
08-17-2012, 02:08 PM
TwoWheels - are you still in for the Reston Century? I just saw AmericanCyclo this morning and discussed it and I'm now signed up. My plan is to ride out on the WO&D to Falls Church to meet up with him and then ride on to Reston. (I'll be coming from MacArthur Blvd over Key Bridge onto Custis and then on to WO&D - bright, well dark, and early)

Admittedly, I'm waffling...turns out I have some concert thing to go to that night with my wife. Time isn't so much the issue, but rather the thought of being extremely fatigued later that night at an event I don't necessarily want to be at. If I decide to sign up, I'll probably just drive out there though. Century is no problem, but a century plus 48 miles round trip to get out there, that's where I draw the line....

Bilsko
08-17-2012, 02:10 PM
Admittedly, I'm waffling...turns out I have some concert thing to go to that night with my wife. Time isn't so much the issue, but rather the thought of being extremely fatigued later that night at an event I don't necessarily want to be at. If I decide to sign up, I'll probably just drive out there though. Century is no problem, but a century plus 48 miles round trip to get out there, that's where I draw the line....

Yeah, 150 miles is a lot...I'm probably riding out and throwing the bike in the trunk on the way back.

TwoWheelsDC
08-17-2012, 02:17 PM
This got me thinking about what resources there are to find the best hill-rides; I haven't found anything that lists the hilliest rides in the District (although I vaguely recall a comment thread on one of Washcycle's blog posts about it...), but you can search the rides on GPSies.com by Total Climb (in the Extended Search section)... I suspect Strava (probably premium only) will let you order rides/segments by climb too.

I've been able to get 2500 feet in about 50 miles or so, without having to do repeats or tight loops. Huntington has some nice hills in quiet neighborhoods, then ride over toward Lake Barcroft, which has some nasty climbs (I hate you Whispering Lane!), then up into north Arlington. Do it in the morning and those areas are generally traffic free, but if you don't have turn-by-turn (like a Garmin Edge), it can be tricky.

http://app.strava.com/rides/11540525

Garmin Connect lets you create courses and see the elevation profile, which is how I plan my routes. I planned a nice climbing route from Capitol Hill, looping through Anacostia, then over to the Wilson bridge, but I haven't been able to test it out yet. Anacostia has some fantastic climbs, but you gotta go early on the weekends or traffic can be pretty bad.

http://connect.garmin.com/course/1791291

eminva
08-17-2012, 02:32 PM
Probably not more steep than the worst of North Arlington, but if you want some variety, head to Takoma Park near Sligo Creek. Some of the side streets in the neighborhoods there are quite challenging (explore in Strava for some segments if you want to pick those off while you are at it).

Liz

consularrider
08-17-2012, 03:24 PM
TwoWheels - are you still in for the Reston Century? I just saw AmericanCyclo this morning and discussed it and I'm now signed up. My plan is to ride out on the WO&D to Falls Church to meet up with him and then ride on to Reston. (I'll be coming from MacArthur Blvd over Key Bridge onto Custis and then on to WO&D - bright, well dark, and early)
I'll be making my annual trek out from EFC for this century as well. Expect to leave around 5:30 am, just dark enough for lights the first half hour plus. Your route will take you right by my house.

Rod Smith
08-26-2012, 08:20 PM
Thanks for the tip, consular. I left at 5:15. I got a little lost and cut the course short but still managed to get 163 miles on the day. :)