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Century rides - third one completed!!

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So I just completed my third Seagull Century - YEAH!!!!  Are there any other rides similar in respect to the rest stops, start line, finish line, etc?  Just curious as I am ready to expand my horizons.  Not sure if I am ready for too many hills or mountains, but I think it could be fun to try something new!  I just like the atmosphere of the Seagull.

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First, congrats on finishing another Seagull Century!  How was the weather?


If you're willing to travel a bit, there are two centuries in New England that are pretty flat.  One is the Tristate Seacoast Century, held by the Granite State Wheelmen.  It's always in late September.  It's a beautiful ride, heading up the coast of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  There are a few rolling hills along the way, but it's not even close to "hilly" (it can be windy though).  Plus, they hold it two days in a row, so you can choose to ride it on the nicer day.  It's a big ride, with easily a couple hundred people.


There's also TFCE (The Flattest Century in the East).  It's no longer the flattest, but it was when they first named it, and they won't change the name.  smile.gif  It is held by the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen and covers parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  I think they allow about 1500 people to do it?  It sells out fast.  I did it a few times; I don't recall many details about the route though.

post #3 of 8

Congrats!  There must be tons of century rides in the vicinity of DC.  If you haven't already, Google DC bike clubs.  They often sponsor their own rides, or have links to larger, more "event" like rides. 

post #4 of 8

Congrats hannah!

post #5 of 8

Congrats!  There is no doubt that you are now ready to try something with more climbing.  Why not give it a try?  You don't need to immediately go crazy, but why not think about a season of centuries?  Ride your first one in April or May, then one a month?


Of course, if you want to go crazy, you could try randoneuring.  Those folk are crazy.  That being said, some folk I know of say that they use each of their brevets as a training ride for the next one.  So, Feb. you do the 200k.  March the 300.  April the 400.  And May the 600, and you've got your Super Randoneur so that you can then sign up for a 1,200!


FYI, my longest ride is 120 miles, a few miles short of a 200...



post #6 of 8

I rode the Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride, the Reston Century, the 50 States Ride and the Tour de Port this year. None were very hilly, mostly short hills, some longer climbs at Reston Century but they offer an alternate route that misses the biggest climbs (Taylorstown Road, Stumptown Road). The other three rides are metric centuries but by riding to and from the events, I managed to get at least 100 miles on each of these rides. 

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I will have to check some of these out.  Thanks for the info!!

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The Patuxent Ride was put on by the same guys who do the Seagull. They didn't have pie, but the tomato sandwiches were excellent!

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