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Emm
06-19-2015, 10:02 AM
I'm finally at the point where I'm pretty sure I could handle a century ride, and I'm looking for recommendations for DC area ones. I'm looking for a supported ride, preferably in the fall so it's not 17 billion degrees outside.

So far using google and this forum I've found:
Cannonball Century (http://www.bikefred.com/cannonball) in Stafford, MD
Seagull Century (http://www.seagullcentury.org/) in Salsbury MD
BackRoads Century (http://www.potomacpedalers.org/event/2015century) in WV

Based solely on awesomeness of t-shirt, the Cannonball Century looks the best, but I'm not familiar with how hilly, well supported, or fun any of these are, or if there are other good options.

So...do any of you know of any other local-ish century rides, or have any thoughts about the 3 I listed above?

rcannon100
06-19-2015, 10:46 AM
All three.

If I could do a C, I would do Seagull. I LOVE that area. Getting a hotel room is a dog. But.... Chincoteague!!!!

Didnt Backroads get into squabbles with local police who were less than pleased with their presence?

The other great one was Covered Bridges. But its not on the Pot Pedalers list???? http://www.potomacpedalers.org/events/event_list.asp?show=&group=112404&DGPCrSrt=&DGPCrPg=1

KWL
06-19-2015, 10:56 AM
If I could do a C, I would do Seagull. I LOVE that area. Getting a hotel room is a dog. But.... Chincoteague!!!!
A good alternative to a hotel/motel for the Sea Gull is to book a campsite at Assateague State Park.

TwoWheelsDC
06-19-2015, 11:30 AM
Not in the fall, but the Reston Century is August 24. Probably one of the most "DC area" supported rides you'll find. A bit further afield, the Tour of Richmond is October 17th and is probably the best ride I've ever done in terms of support, both in terms of food, locals, and police...and it's a great route that's fairly easy from a terrain standpoint, but not so easy that it's boring.

jabberwocky
06-19-2015, 11:33 AM
I've not done cannonball, but I've done both seagull and backroads. Overall, seagull was the easier (and better supported) of the two. Attendance is ridiculously high, so its always easy to hop into a group going your speed, and the local community seems to support it enthusiastically. The scenery is nice and it is flat as a board, though the wind can be pretty brutal (the year I did it, the headwind over the last 30 miles coming back from assateague was pretty tough; fortunately I had Dirt to hide behind).

Backroads is considerably hillier (though still not too bad) and also pretty. The support was good enough, though it definitely doesn't seem as well supported by the communities it goes through. I enjoyed it but when I finished I wasn't too sure how enamored I was with the idea of doing it again. I'd do seagull again in a heartbeat though.

MFC
06-19-2015, 11:48 AM
There is the Civil War Century, which has shorter variations. I've never done it, but it sounds cool, especially if you enjoy history.http://www.civilwarcentury.com/

creadinger
06-19-2015, 11:57 AM
Don't forget the Civil War Century! http://www.civilwarcentury.com/

It visits a few battlefields including the big ones - Antietam, and Gettysburg. If you've never ridden through Gettysburg battlefield it's a must do in my mind. It's a couple of the most memorable miles of road you'll ever see. Even though I've done it like a dozen times by now, I still try to take it all in.

The biggest drawback is that it has 10,500 feet of climbing including 4 mountains. They actually recommend that this not be your first century, but rules are made to be broken right?! I actually haven't done this ride, but I have done the DC Randonneurs Civil War Tour 200K, which uses a similar route. It's slightly less climbey though, thankfully.

This one is like the exact opposite of the Seagull Century. My biggest concern with Seagull is that for the first 15 miles or so, there's so many people there's hardly any room maneuver. And you should have some decent bike handling skills, and be comfortable riding in a pack, because you're going to be in one whether you want to or not.

creadinger
06-19-2015, 11:59 AM
There is the Civil War Century, which has shorter variations. I've never done it, but it sounds cool, especially if you enjoy history.http://www.civilwarcentury.com/

I bet we hit reply at the same time, but it took me 9 minutes to compose my thoughts.

TwoWheelsDC
06-19-2015, 12:37 PM
Don't forget the Civil War Century! http://www.civilwarcentury.com/



The biggest drawback is that it has 10,500 feet of climbing including 4 mountains.



Eh...Strava put my ride at 6200ft, which seems about right, compared to the couple of other 10k climbing rides I've done....those rides were brutal, but the CWC was just "challenging." The route has changed slightly since I did it in 2012, but I don't think it added THAT much climbing. But you're absolutely right that it probably isn't advisable for this to be one's first century, particularly if one doesn't do tons of hills. I do kinda want to do it again though....it was a nice ride.

sjclaeys
06-19-2015, 01:07 PM
Didnt Backroads get into squabbles with local police who were less than pleased with their presence?

This year the Backroads Century will start in Shepardstown, WV, rather than Berryville, VA as in the past several years. I think that the problems with the Clarke County sheriff caused the move, which is great because Shepardstown has already done a video welcoming the ride. It will be a whole new route, though I imagine it will continue to be hilly.

vvill
06-19-2015, 01:17 PM
More of a reply to the replies, but the one time I did the CASA River ride (Shepherdstown), it was pretty well run and locally supported. Therefore I'm optimistic that the Backroads Century will find a new happy home there (I did it once in Berryville and enjoyed it all except the lack of "local support").

You can of course always roll your own W&OD/Arlington Loop century, and use stops like the Green Lizard, Carolina Brothers, etc. as your support.

I haven't done Cannonball but I've driven/been driven on some of those roads - my impression is that the roads there aren't as well traveled by cyclists as some of the other centuries. (I also haven't done Seagull but if it were closer I would be interested.)

kwarkentien
06-19-2015, 03:08 PM
All three.

If I could do a C, I would do Seagull. I LOVE that area. Getting a hotel room is a dog. But.... Chincoteague!!!!

Didnt Backroads get into squabbles with local police who were less than pleased with their presence?

The other great one was Covered Bridges. But its not on the Pot Pedalers list???? http://www.potomacpedalers.org/events/event_list.asp?show=&group=112404&DGPCrSrt=&DGPCrPg=1

I love Sea Gull. As to hotels, you book 9 months to a year in advance. (That's what I do anyway.) I have to miss it this year as I'm out of town but it's always a great time, well-supported, and flat (my favorite terrain!). http://www.teambeacon.com/seagull/ride/registration.asp

I did the front half of Backroads last year and it was lovely. The vistas were to die for. I know there were issues with the Sheriff beforehand and there were complaints during the ride while we were in WV so I guess that's why the start is getting moved this year. I still had fun and might do it again on the new route. http://www.potomacpedalers.org/?page=brchome

I've done Covered Bridges for the last two years. The longest ride is a Metric Century but again the scenery is lovely and there are just enough hills to keep you honest but not crying like a girl. http://lancasterbikeclub.net/cbmc.html

Another one that's similar to Sea Gull but less populated is the Amish Country Bike Tour in Dover DE: http://amishcountrybiketour.com/ It's nicely supported and runs through farm country outside Dover and across the MD border.

And as other's have mentioned, Martin's Tour of Richmond is really nice and the support is top notch: http://www.sportsbackers.org/events/tour-richmond/

creadinger
06-19-2015, 04:09 PM
Big plus for the Lancaster covered bridge metric century.

I haven't done it for a couple of years, but it's definitely worth the trip up to PA.

Vicegrip
06-19-2015, 05:19 PM
More of a reply to the replies, but the one time I did the CASA River ride (Shepherdstown), it was pretty well run and locally supported. Therefore I'm optimistic that the Backroads Century will find a new happy home there (I did it once in Berryville and enjoyed it all except the lack of "local support").

You can of course always roll your own W&OD/Arlington Loop century, and use stops like the Green Lizard, Carolina Brothers, etc. as your support.

I haven't done Cannonball but I've driven/been driven on some of those roads - my impression is that the roads there aren't as well traveled by cyclists as some of the other centuries. (I also haven't done Seagull but if it were closer I would be interested.)I second VVil's suggestion. The WO&D and arl loop century is a great way to see if you can do one. There are lots of food places and bike shops along the route and the elevation is not hard. You can pick the day and weather you like and ride your own pace. I bet there would be a couple of other BA forum regulars that might tag along to if company was wanted.

trailrunner
06-19-2015, 05:30 PM
I did the Seagull century many years ago. Nice and flat. Good time of year. Great support and rest stations. Lots of riders.

My friend and I did not have a hotel, so we got up ridiculously early and drove over that morning. I'm normally a morning person, but that was early even by my standards. I was sleepy by the time we reached the Assateague rest stop in mid-morning. It was a beautiful, mild fall day, so I found a patch of grass and took a nice nap.

AFHokie
06-19-2015, 08:33 PM
I've never done a century and was contemplating doing one this year. I'd prefer to do it with someone instead of on my own so if anyone's planning on doing any and wouldn't mind a +1 I'm game. Also, I don't mind driving.

The Back Roads jersey looks pretty awesome too.

Amalitza
06-19-2015, 09:16 PM
I did the Indian Head 100 last year as my first organized century; or, really, organized ride at all, so I don't have much to compare it to, but I enjoyed it and it seemed well run and it is close. Early September, which probably means hit or miss about meeting your not a billion degrees criteria. Quite a bit of shade and not too much climbing.

Also did vvill's suggestion of WOD as my first actual (highly disorganized) century, which also worked well as a first attempt and to convince myself I could do it.

TwoWheelsDC
06-19-2015, 10:32 PM
Long rides on the W&OD are an easy way to practice for a century, but doing a century on it alone can be a bit miserable IME. I occasionally ride out to Purcellville, since it's an easy way to get the miles, but I stopped trying to turn those rides into centuries in the interest of my sanity. Doing it with one or two other folks makes a huge difference mentally, however, which can actually make it physically easier too.

JimF22003
06-22-2015, 09:11 AM
The Oxon Hill Bike Club's list is pretty good:

http://www.ohbike.org/events/

You just missed the St Mary's Century, which is a nice flat ride. I've done the Bay Country Century a couple of times, and can recommend that one highly.

Emm
06-22-2015, 09:33 AM
The Oxon Hill Bike Club's list is pretty good:

http://www.ohbike.org/events/


That is a really helpful list, thank you!

Based on feedback we're waiting to hear from a friend about the seagull century. If their team (which we'd tag along with) is doing it, then that's the plan. We have a friend who owns a condo in Ocean City so we can crash at her place I'm guessing. If not, we may look at the Cannonball Century just due to timing.

I'm going to avoid doing a century on the W&OD even though many of you recommended it. I biked 75 miles on it this past Saturday, and even with some music, multiple bananas and cereal bars, and stop at Green Lizard, it got quite boring. I'll keep riding it every weekend, but I think if I had to do another 25 miles on it I'd cry.

MFC
06-22-2015, 10:23 AM
I'm thinking of doing the Civil War Century (75-mile variant) but its still pretty far away. I will probably post something in August but may be up for training rides in July (because the temp. will be so pleasant). Hopefully, the other contributors to this board will post things as their plans get more concrete is they are looking for riding buddies.

kwarkentien
06-22-2015, 10:37 AM
Beware that, diabolical as it is, the Civil War Century sells out rather quickly. If you really think you want to do it, don't wait until the last minute to sign up or you probably won't get in.

consularrider
06-23-2015, 10:15 AM
I'll give another thumbs up the the October 17 Martin's Tour of Richmond (http://www.sportsbackers.org/events/tour-richmond/) (not the same date as the Seagull this year). One of the best supported rides I've ever done. This included outstanding law enforcement cooperation with control of anything remotely resembling a major intersection with priority to the cyclists. It is both urban and rural cycling and more interesting terrain than the Seagull without being overly strenuous.

Kitty
07-21-2015, 07:23 AM
Has anyone done the Tour de Fredrick (http://www.tourdefrederick.com/)? I've picked that for my first century this year, but haven't met anyone whose done it yet. It seems like a nice course with a visit to Gettysburg and 3 covered bridges, but I know nothing of the terrain or management.

The Bike to the Beach originally inspired me to go for the 100 miler, but the minimum $500 fundraising commitment scared me off...

kwarkentien
07-21-2015, 12:26 PM
Haven't done it but can guarantee it will be hilly.

TwoWheelsDC
07-21-2015, 12:31 PM
Haven't done it but can guarantee it will be hilly.

About 6,500 feet of climbing hilly, by the looks of it. Looks pretty lumpy overall, with a few serious climbs right in the middle.

JimF22003
07-21-2015, 06:36 PM
Those routes are part of some popular Potomac Pedalers rides that I've done. Very pretty, very farmy. Not tons of shade out in farm country, so be prepared if it's hot and humid.

TwoWheelsDC
07-21-2015, 09:05 PM
Has anyone done the Tour de Fredrick (http://www.tourdefrederick.com/)? I've picked that for my first century this year, but haven't met anyone whose done it yet. It seems like a nice course with a visit to Gettysburg and 3 covered bridges, but I know nothing of the terrain or management.

The Bike to the Beach originally inspired me to go for the 100 miler, but the minimum $500 fundraising commitment scared me off...

Start the hill practice now! I'd be really tempted to try this one, but I'm out of town that weekend.

This is the route profile...picked randomly from those on Strava who've done it: https://www.strava.com/activities/754349841

ewilliams0305
07-23-2015, 10:21 AM
Don't be fooled into thinking hills = hard. Some of the hardest "long" rides I've done have been flat. They become mentally strenuous with very little out of saddle time. Hills can really help the mental challenges of a long ride. Having several small goals on a long ride will really help to break it up. I start to loose it when I can see miles down the road, it can feel like your never going to get there.

Of course too much climbing is a different story. anything with 50-70 feet per mile is OK, when it starts to exceed that and get around 100' that's when you need to worry.

The only organized Century I've done is the Seagull, I found the support to be over the top. It really makes that ride doable for people of any fitness level. Almost too much support, add to that a few cheering locals and you can't fail.

One tip: Don't think of a "long" ride as a distance to be achieved, this will surely drive you mad when you start to count miles. Instead, pick a pace your comfortable with, be it 13-15-17 mph. Factor how long the ride will take and accept the ride as a TIME. I will be riding for 8 hours not 100 miles. Time fly's by when your having fun, miles don't.

My 2cents...

Kitty
07-24-2015, 06:24 PM
Thank you all for the great advice! As for the hills, I guess I take for granted that the DC area is "hilly" in my mind only because I'm from the midwest!

I guess I'll be heading out to Potomac for some more hill climbing then! Unless you guys have some suggestions for other good hill routes around here.

hozn
07-24-2015, 07:14 PM
It is hard to beat Potomac area; ride out River, make sure to include Berryville Rd in your route. Heck, you can go all the way to Sugarloaf and get 100mi in while training for the century! :)if you want real hills, Frederick / Catoctin Mtns is better, but Potomac is more accessible.

dcv
07-24-2015, 07:30 PM
or this

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9129156

americancyclo
07-24-2015, 07:41 PM
or this

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9129156

"A bike ride in Fairfax county"
Hahahahahahahahahaahah

Kitty
07-25-2015, 06:58 AM
or this

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9129156

Holy Heaven! My eyes can't even follow that route! It's as if the cyclist started out from home and made every turn a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story, but always picked whichever option meant going uphill.

dbb
07-25-2015, 08:17 AM
Holy Heaven! My eyes can't even follow that route! It's as if the cyclist started out from home and made every turn a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story, but always picked whichever option meant going uphill.

It would actually be your legs that would have difficulty following the route.

TwoWheelsDC
07-25-2015, 10:58 AM
Don't be fooled into thinking hills = hard. Some of the hardest "long" rides I've done have been flat. They become mentally strenuous with very little out of saddle time. Hills can really help the mental challenges of a long ride. Having several small goals on a long ride will really help to break it up. I start to loose it when I can see miles down the road, it can feel like your never going to get there.

Of course too much climbing is a different story. anything with 50-70 feet per mile is OK, when it starts to exceed that and get around 100' that's when you need to worry.



I agree. Hills actually make rides interesting and help stretch the legs a bit.

I will say, though, that hills do take some getting used to just in terms of developing a good technique so you can manage them without wearing yourself out. That's where I think practice can help a lot...learning how and when to shift effectively, what the most comfortable speed/cadence is, and when or when not to get out of the saddle. And just learning to deal with the intimidation factor.

As far as training goes, I'd reckon that training on hills probably gets you more bang-for-your-buck, since they're like mini-intervals. So going out and riding hills for practice can get you the benefits of learning how to ride hills, while maybe also getting in shape a little bit faster than just riding around.

TwoWheelsDC
07-25-2015, 11:08 AM
Thank you all for the great advice! As for the hills, I guess I take for granted that the DC area is "hilly" in my mind only because I'm from the midwest!

I guess I'll be heading out to Potomac for some more hill climbing then! Unless you guys have some suggestions for other good hill routes around here.

Just ride up the Custis, hang a right whenever you feel so inclined, and ride around aimlessly for a couple hours. All the hills you could want! Only half-joking, actually...If you take Quincy north, it becomes Military Road, which is a popular hill route that was just (partially) repaved and has bike lanes. Ride that out to Old Glebe and back a couple of times and you'll have done a pretty awesome workout, without having to travel more than a few miles from your house!

ShawnoftheDread
07-25-2015, 12:29 PM
Holy Heaven! My eyes can't even follow that route! It's as if the cyclist started out from home and made every turn a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story, but always picked whichever option meant going uphill.

I think you've captured it perfectly.

consularrider
07-25-2015, 03:57 PM
Holy Heaven! My eyes can't even follow that route! It's as if the cyclist started out from home and made every turn a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story, but always picked whichever option meant going uphill.

He skipped some good hills in south Arlington because there was too much flat riding in between. South Arlington still getting no love.

AFHokie
07-29-2015, 06:43 PM
I signed up for the Back Roads Century (http://www.potomacpedalers.org/?page=brchome) in Shepherdstown, WV September 20th, but an out of town wedding has come up that weekend so I won't be able to participate. Registration was $55 for nonmembers, but it increased to $60 after July 31st. I ordered a T-shirt as well (a large, still trying to figure out if I can change the size) if you'd like a t-shirt too.

If you were thinking about riding it, shoot me a PM if you're interested in taking my registration.

Kitty
07-31-2015, 06:28 AM
I had been looking at the Back Roads Century, but was holding off until WABA announces the date for the 50 States ride.

If someone else wants to jump in on AFHokie's offer, by all means. But if 50 States isn't that weekend and no one else has taken you up on that, I'll drop you a line.

Rockford10
07-31-2015, 07:59 AM
I think the 50 States/13 Colonies is September 12.

TwoWheelsDC
07-31-2015, 08:22 AM
I had been looking at the Back Roads Century, but was holding off until WABA announces the date for the 50 States ride.

If someone else wants to jump in on AFHokie's offer, by all means. But if 50 States isn't that weekend and no one else has taken you up on that, I'll drop you a line.

I couldn't tell from your previous comments if you had done a century before, but if you can finish 50 States, you can definitely finish a century.

Kitty
08-01-2015, 04:52 PM
I think the 50 States/13 Colonies is September 12.

Yeah! How's that for serendipity?! The same morning I muse not having the date they finally announce! :rolleyes:


I couldn't tell from your previous comments if you had done a century before, but if you can finish 50 States, you can definitely finish a century.

Last year 50 States was my goal, and its what started my attempting long rides on the weekends to get ready. On the big day I ended up doing 72 miles total (had to ride there/back) which had been the most I'd ever ridden in a day... up until last weekend.

From that experience I decided to make a Century my goal for this year! I'm really grateful for your vote of confidence! :D


It is hard to beat Potomac area; ride out River, make sure to include Berryville Rd in your route. Heck, you can go all the way to Sugarloaf and get 100mi in while training for the century! :)if you want real hills, Frederick / Catoctin Mtns is better, but Potomac is more accessible.

Thank you for this great suggestion! I designed this morning's ride around it. I went out to Potomac and did River+Berryville (my first time riding West of Falls Rd!) and then took Whites Ferry across the river to take W&OD back to Arlington. When all was said and done 80 miles with some good hills on the first half!

hozn
08-01-2015, 06:05 PM
I went out to Potomac and did River+Berryville (my first time riding West of Falls Rd!) and then took Whites Ferry across the river to take W&OD back to Arlington. When all was said and done 80 miles with some good hills on the first half!

That is a great route! I think you are over-prepared for the century at this point! :)

ShawnoftheDread
08-01-2015, 06:15 PM
That is a great route! I think you are over-prepared for the century at this point! :)

Yeah, you've basically done the century at this point. Now you just have to actually ride it. Piece of cake.

AFHokie
08-02-2015, 07:40 PM
I had been looking at the Back Roads Century, but was holding off until WABA announces the date for the 50 States ride.

If someone else wants to jump in on AFHokie's offer, by all means. But if 50 States isn't that weekend and no one else has taken you up on that, I'll drop you a line.

It's all yours. I don't see anything on the event website about transferring a registration, but worst case I can mail it or meet you at a coffee club, or Third Thursday, etc once I get it.

consularrider
08-03-2015, 02:24 AM
I had been looking at the Back Roads Century, but was holding off until WABA announces the date for the 50 States ride.

If someone else wants to jump in on AFHokie's offer, by all means. But if 50 States isn't that weekend and no one else has taken you up on that, I'll drop you a line.

I've twice done the 50 States/Back Roads Century in the same weekend. My only problem was the getting up early on Sunday morning. ;)

Kitty
08-03-2015, 07:29 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm still a little nervous about how long it takes me to do these training rides and how tired/sore I was in the close of the 80 on Saturday. I worry that I'll finish so late I'll miss the afterparty BBQ or even 4pm high-wheel race; or otherwise burn out on the last 20. Oh well. I guess we'll see how it goes!


It's all yours. I don't see anything on the event website about transferring a registration, but worst case I can mail it or meet you at a coffee club, or Third Thursday, etc once I get it.

I;m sorry man, I won't be able to make it. I've learned we've got company coming from out of town that weekend. I hope someone else can take it on!

Kitty
08-16-2015, 09:43 PM
9347

I DID IT!!! :cool:

Thank you to everyone for your advice, it really helped! I went into it both super-excited, and a little nervous, but it was a fantastic experience. The weather was great starting out (though it got really really hot in the afternoon) and the volunteers incredibly friendly. I managed to finish in 8.5 hours. Not the first by any means, but not the last, and better than I was expecting.

Amalitza
08-18-2015, 08:01 AM
I'll be doing Reston if anyone's looking for company to ride with for all or part of it.

Boomer2U
08-18-2015, 12:08 PM
I will be a ride marshall for the Reston Century this Sunday, and know that SarahB and HF have also registered. I'm still trying to recruit Powerful Pete but he has been mumbling about house chores...

Go here if interested to join the RBC2015 century ride on 8/23 (full, metric or half metric distances)...http://www.washingtonareabikeforum.com/showthread.php?t=9150

Boomer2U
08-18-2015, 12:13 PM
9347

I DID IT!!! :cool:

Thank you to everyone for your advice, it really helped! I went into it both super-excited, and a little nervous, but it was a fantastic experience. The weather was great starting out (though it got really really hot in the afternoon) and the volunteers incredibly friendly. I managed to finish in 8.5 hours. Not the first by any means, but not the last, and better than I was expecting.
Congrats, U crushed it!
Good to have met you on the TDF, and I look forward to seeing you at the WABA 50 States and Back roads Centuries (if not the Reston Bicycle Club Century beforehand:) Ride on!

Boomer2U
08-20-2015, 10:20 AM
Centuries within 90+/- minutes driving from DC:

8/23: Reston century
Labor Day: Indian Head Century
9/12: WABA 50 States (metric) Century
9/13: 33rd Shenandoah Valley Century
9/19: Bike Shenandoah 2015
9/20: Backroads Century
???: Cannonball Century
10/3: 8th Culpepper Century
10/3: Seagull Century
10/31: Boomer's Halloween Blue Ridge Mtn Challenge (half century, but could be extended to full century if popular demand)

creadinger
08-20-2015, 10:30 AM
Centuries within 90+/- minutes driving from DC:

8/23: Reston century
Labor Day: Indian Head Century
9/12: WABA 50 States (metric) Century
9/13: 33rd Shenandoah Valley Century
9/19: Bike Shenandoah 2015
9/20: Backroads Century
???: Cannonball Century
10/3: 8th Culpepper Century
10/3: Seagull Century
10/31: Boomer's Halloween Blue Ridge Mtn Challenge (half century, but could be extended to full century if popular demand)

In addition to that, here's the fall 200K randonneur schedule (because if you can do 100 miles you can do 125 miles right?)!

9/12: North by Northwest, Frederick MD
10/3: Old Rag, Warrenton VA
11/7: Eastern shore flatbread, Centreville MD (Similar to Seagull but comes with 26 extra miles absolutely free!)
12/5: Woodbine Wallop, Woodbine MD

Link:
http://dcrand.org/dcr/calendar.php

consularrider
08-20-2015, 05:00 PM
or you can come to Kyiv and join me for my Desna River century (https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/10547199) on Sunday.

mikoglaces
09-08-2015, 01:39 PM
Just noticed this thread. I am putting in a plug for the Cannonball Century, held in Fredericksburg VA. This week it is the second Sunday in October. Slightly rolling, very rural, not that many riders. Going to do it on a tandem this year.

I am going to put in a plug for the Culpeper Century, which will be the first Saturday in October. Hillier than the Cannonball.

Has anyone done the Lakes and Grapes century, also out of Fredericksburg. It's this Saturday.

KLizotte
09-08-2015, 01:55 PM
Centuries within 90+/- minutes driving from DC:

8/23: Reston century
Labor Day: Indian Head Century
9/12: WABA 50 States (metric) Century
9/13: 33rd Shenandoah Valley Century
9/19: Bike Shenandoah 2015
9/20: Backroads Century
???: Cannonball Century
10/3: 8th Culpepper Century
10/3: Seagull Century
10/31: Boomer's Halloween Blue Ridge Mtn Challenge (half century, but could be extended to full century if popular demand)

Please put on the forum's calendar. Thanks!

Kitty
09-09-2015, 06:14 AM
Man! I need to be sure to remember this thread next spring when I'm planning out my century schedule. If this year's goal was complete one... who knows for next year. Two? Three? Travel? So many choices!

Boomer2U
09-09-2015, 08:07 AM
Man! I need to be sure to remember this thread next spring when I'm planning out my century schedule. If this year's goal was complete one... who knows for next year. Two? Three? Travel? So many choices!
You should join @SarahB 10-100-10 Club...10 century rides in 10 months...for next year, 2016:)

Rod Smith
09-09-2015, 05:39 PM
Uh there's only three month per season though.

consularrider
09-10-2015, 01:04 AM
You should join @SarahB 10-100-10 Club...10 century rides in 10 months...for next year, 2016:)

Are those official event centuries or merely 100+ mile rides? What do they do for the other two months? I'm currently on 56 consecutive months with at least one 100+ mile ride.

Boomer2U
09-10-2015, 07:02 AM
Are those official event centuries or merely 100+ mile rides? What do they do for the other two months? I'm currently on 56 consecutive months with at least one 100+ mile ride.
SarahB is still working up the concept and I've encouraged her to post it as a thread on this forum for reactions/recruitment. My understanding is that it merely 100+ mile rides, but tracked by some type of GPS based app. She is also considering a metric century version, too, for cyclists not yet ready for full centuries. Look for a thread soon from her on this for the 2016 calendar year.

Boomer2U
09-10-2015, 07:05 AM
Uh there's only three month per season though.
I meant the fairer weather "bicycling" season, and not the winter, spring, summer, fall seasons. The 10 months was because it has symmetry with the 10 centuries....but the time frame could easily be something else.

Rod Smith
09-10-2015, 08:06 AM
There is also the poorly promoted and haphazardly directed Sunday Century Series during the 2015 NBC season. This week probably try the Hills of Rock Creek and/or Hills of Patapsco again. I kinda hate hills though. Darn Strava challenges! :( I skipped the big hills the last two times but still got 7-8k feet I think. This is a long one. 130-150 miles.

Rod Smith
09-11-2015, 08:00 AM
Meet at Filter Bike Rack in Brookland for 7am rollout, or Proteus College Park for 8am departure. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9773591