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“Deer Creek” is a ride segment off our local C470 mut near Chatfield State Park.  Riding up Deer Creek offers a number of routes now officially organized as the Deer Creek Challenge held on Sunday August 29.  Betsy and I are considering this new event if things work out and we can beat any cap deadline.  Anyone else registered or likewise considering? 

 

Also, the event tag line which serves here as the link drew my interest.  Wondering if it is in fact... 

 

“The toughest century ride in the United States” 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don, I'm taking a "pass" on it.  I'm still not able to climb well enough to attempt that amount of climbing.  But good luck with it!

 

I think it is one of the toughest centuries out there.  Of course, there is the California Death Ride, which is longer (129 miles) with more climbing (15,000+).  And a number of the grades are well in excess of 10%.  You also have the option of doing a 4 pass (88 miles) which looks like it would have around 12.5k of climbing...

 

 

Mike

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Other rides that at least meet - and may beat - this ride in terms of challenge (just off the top of my head - I'm sure there are many more):


California:

- The Death Ride (129 miles, 15,200' of climbing)
- The Shasta Summit Super Century (135 miles, 16,500' of climbing)
- The Everest Challenge (2 days, 206 miles, 29,035' of climbing)

 

Georgia:

- Brasstown Bald Buster (100 miles, 14,000' of climbing, ends on the 18-20% grades of Brasstown Bald, occurs in mid-May)

 

North Carolina:

- Bridge-to-Bridge (101 miles, 10,200' of climbing, 85% of it in the last 45 miles)
 

Maryland:

- Garrett County Gran Fondo (126 miles, 15,500' of climbing, numerous climbs over 15%, at few over 20%, one over 30%)


Virginia/West Virginia:

- Mountains of Misery  (103 miles, 10,000' of climbing [last climb very, very steep])

- Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge (100 miles, 10,000' of climbing over 9 passes, some quite steep)

 

Massachusetts:

 

- Deerfield Dirt Road Randonée (a.k.a. D2R2) (112 miles, 16,500' of climbing, 70% on dirt roads)

 

Of these, the D2R2 is likely the most sinister - it has a 35-40% attrition rate.  Brasstown is tough, especially given it's an early season ride.  The Garrett County ride is nasty, and I can speak of that from personal experience.  And the Everest Challenge is a lot of climbing in the course of 2 days.

 

That said, the Deer Creek Challenge looks like a good ride!

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Don, I'm taking a "pass" on it.  I'm still not able to climb well enough to attempt that amount of climbing.  But good luck with it!

 

I think it is one of the toughest centuries out there.  Of course, there is the California Death Ride, which is longer (129 miles) with more climbing (15,000+).  And a number of the grades are well in excess of 10%.  You also have the option of doing a 4 pass (88 miles) which looks like it would have around 12.5k of climbing...

 

 

Mike

We’re working on the entry Mike but there is a potential conflict with “recovery” due to a 24 hr running relay

from Georgetown to Carbondale that Betsy is in the weekend prior.  I don’t know about her…but I maybe too exhausted after volunteer  SAG work to ride the very next weekend  

     

Oh...yes, Cali has some climbs…but all those folks moving in from the pacific coast keep telling me that California is not part of the U.S. anywho…


 

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Other rides that at least meet - and may beat - this ride in terms of challenge (just off the top of my head - I'm sure there are many more):


California:

- The Death Ride (129 miles, 15,200' of climbing)
- The Shasta Summit Super Century (135 miles, 16,500' of climbing)
- The Everest Challenge (2 days, 206 miles, 29,035' of climbing)

 

Georgia:

- Brasstown Bald Buster (100 miles, 14,000' of climbing, ends on the 18-20% grades of Brasstown Bald, occurs in mid-May)

 

North Carolina:

- Bridge-to-Bridge (101 miles, 10,200' of climbing, 85% of it in the last 45 miles)
 

Maryland:

- Garrett County Gran Fondo (126 miles, 15,500' of climbing, numerous climbs over 15%, at few over 20%, one over 30%)


Virginia/West Virginia:

- Mountains of Misery  (103 miles, 10,000' of climbing [last climb very, very steep])

- Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge (100 miles, 10,000' of climbing over 9 passes, some quite steep)

 

Massachusetts:

 

- Deerfield Dirt Road Randonée (a.k.a. D2R2) (112 miles, 16,500' of climbing, 70% on dirt roads)

 

Of these, the D2R2 is likely the most sinister - it has a 35-40% attrition rate.  Brasstown is tough, especially given it's an early season ride.  The Garrett County ride is nasty, and I can speak of that from personal experience.  And the Everest Challenge is a lot of climbing in the course of 2 days.

 

That said, the Deer Creek Challenge looks like a good ride!


Just off the top of our head Rudi?!  Wow  you’re indeed a quick reference  

 

Yes those rides look wicked.  However, I would like to see altitude factored in with respect to grade and vertical gain.  It’s that overall combination that is real killer for me as I’m sucking thinner air out here  


 

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Originally Posted by songfta View Post

Other rides that at least meet - and may beat - this ride in terms of challenge (just off the top of my head - I'm sure there are many more):


California:

- The Death Ride (129 miles, 15,200' of climbing)
- The Shasta Summit Super Century (135 miles, 16,500' of climbing)
- The Everest Challenge (2 days, 206 miles, 29,035' of climbing)

 

Georgia:

- Brasstown Bald Buster (100 miles, 14,000' of climbing, ends on the 18-20% grades of Brasstown Bald, occurs in mid-May)

 

North Carolina:

- Bridge-to-Bridge (101 miles, 10,200' of climbing, 85% of it in the last 45 miles)
 

Maryland:

- Garrett County Gran Fondo (126 miles, 15,500' of climbing, numerous climbs over 15%, at few over 20%, one over 30%)


Virginia/West Virginia:

- Mountains of Misery  (103 miles, 10,000' of climbing [last climb very, very steep])

- Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge (100 miles, 10,000' of climbing over 9 passes, some quite steep)

 

Massachusetts:

 

- Deerfield Dirt Road Randonée (a.k.a. D2R2) (112 miles, 16,500' of climbing, 70% on dirt roads)

 

Of these, the D2R2 is likely the most sinister - it has a 35-40% attrition rate.  Brasstown is tough, especially given it's an early season ride.  The Garrett County ride is nasty, and I can speak of that from personal experience.  And the Everest Challenge is a lot of climbing in the course of 2 days.

 

That said, the Deer Creek Challenge looks like a good ride!



That is one sick list!

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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

“Deer Creek” is a ride segment off our local C470 mut near Chatfield State Park.  Riding up Deer Creek offers a number of routes now officially organized as the Deer Creek Challenge held on Sunday August 29.  Betsy and I are considering this new event if things work out and we can beat any cap deadline.  Anyone else registered or likewise considering? 

 

Also, the event tag line which serves here as the link drew my interest.  Wondering if it is in fact... 

 

“The toughest century ride in the United States” 

 

 

 

 

 



Don: I'm fairly certain I'll register, even after telling myself no more long rides this year after the Triple Bypass.  I heard the organizers won't let you get your jersey until you finish, if you finish.  Its also typical of our Colorado arrogance to call this the toughest century in the country; I don't think the grades on the hills in the Deer Creek area, even with altitude taken into account, match those on some of other rides have been posted on this thread.   The temp/humidity combo is definitely more manageable than some other century ride locales.

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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

 

Yes those rides look wicked.  However, I would like to see altitude factored in with respect to grade and vertical gain.  It’s that overall combination that is real killer for me as I’m sucking thinner air out here  


 


 The California rides are at a similar altitude to Deer Creek.  The Death Challenge, in fact, is higher, as the summit of a couple of the passes is over 10k.

 

There's always a new challenge for training, right?  Don, I think you should pull the trigger on it.  Think about how good it'll feel when it is done!

 

Mike
 

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I dont remember LCC being that tough of a climb, or BCC, never been to colorado but 10 percent while tough is never that as taxing as say the 20 + I see daily here. Every 10 mile locally is 1000 feet of climbing. Doesnt sound like much but it add up quickly.

 

also elevation is hardly a factor to anyone who actually lives in colorado. when I was utah I could climb as hard at 10000 feet as I could at 4200 feet. It use to take me week to get use to it now its a mere 36 hours and I am good to go it seems.

 

My guess is you guys would shrivel up in the humidity here and your average speeds would plummet as you tackle 20 percent grade after 20 percent grade for 500 vertical feet at a time.

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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

 

We’re working on the entry Mike but there is a potential conflict with “recovery” due to a 24 hr running relay

from Georgetown to Carbondale that Betsy is in the weekend prior.  I don’t know about her…but I maybe too exhausted after volunteer  SAG work to ride the very next weekend  

     

Oh...yes, Cali has some climbs…but all those folks moving in from the pacific coast keep telling me that California is not part of the U.S. anywho…


 


Just off the top of our head Rudi?!  Wow  you’re indeed a quick reference  

 

Yes those rides look wicked.  However, I would like to see altitude factored in with respect to grade and vertical gain.  It’s that overall combination that is real killer for me as I’m sucking thinner air out here  


 

post #9 of 11

I've done the Brasstown Bald Buster route and ridden this Deer Creek route several times and Brasstown Bald is not as hard as this...not even close.    Brasstown is steep but not long and there is plenty of oxygen......may is the month to do it...yo wouldn't want to do it in August when the heat would make it almost unbearable.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

DOC & Mike

I agree as this particular ride caught my eye when I notice that “toughest ride” comment.  My first thought was sure it’s a challenging ride but common…they just had to throw that in to gain notoriety for a new event…but really, the toughest 100?

 

And yes, I’ve found with some an arrogance thinking the best climbing and descending is about the CO foothills and mtns as compared to the lower rides.  Hell, I know some militant praying mantis types up in Boulder who would laugh at anyone on this forum thinking they could hang.  But those discussions, like where the best skiing is or where the best skiers are produced are specious and boring for me.

 

Good for you DOC on registering.  Please post up your experience.  Mike…it will be a last min entry for B and me IF still under the cap.

 

Josh:

Nope.  We’re back at least a couple of weeks each year pushing heavy air.  I grew up and spin well on a swampy climbs.  As I mentioned, for me, riding at altitude + grade + vert = harder work.  As for you:  we’ve skied with you out here…plan on riding one day with us and some others out here as well.

 

Rudi:

I like your list but would it be appropriate to see a couple of CO rides make the grade? [with pun intended ]

  

UGASD:

Now why was my first guess that you’d have ridden the BBB…I must be clairvoyant   

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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post
 

Rudi:

I like your list but would it be appropriate to see a couple of CO rides make the grade? [with pun intended ]


OK:

 

Colorado:

 

- Triple ByPass (120 miles, 10,500' of climbing, high altitude passes)

- Blue River Century (109 miles, 8,625' of climbing, finishes atop Loveland Pass)

 

....and while not a century, the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb (27.4 miles, 6,915' climbing finishing at 14,130') is worth mentioning.

 

At that rate, so is theNew Hampshire spectacle that is the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb (and its sister event, Newton's Revenge, both 7.4 miles with 4,768' of climbing and wicked weather).

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