Century Season approaches! My upcoming ride calendar.
I know we’re only just heading into August, but I’m already getting very excited about “Century Season”. Big rides, cooler weather… yes, VERY excited!
Here are some of the upcoming rides I’m going to be doing along with many of my friends. Please, come out and ride with us!
September 28, 2014: Six Gap Century – I’ll be kicking off Century Season in style by heading up to the mountains of North Georgia for my biggest cycling challenge of the year: 104 miles and almost 12,000 feet of climbing.
October 10 – 12, 2014: 40th Annual Mount Dora Bike Festival – I’ll be doing two or three of these rides, and probably marshaling as I did last year. The 100 mile route is different than it has been in years past, and is a route I’m very familiar with from my club rides. It’s a great route and, IMO, a big improvement over the old century route. My friend Tracy Draper and her team have been working very hard to make this year’s festival better than ever. Be there!
October 26, 2014: Horse Farm Hundred – I had to miss this ride last year, and I was super bummed about that. This year, hell or high water, I’m heading up to Gainesville and riding! I’ve heard this is one of the most fun and scenic century rides around. Can’t wait!
November 2, 2014: Seminole Cyclefest – This 100 kilometer ride (a 40 kilometer route is also available) supports two fantastic causes: W.I.R.E.D. Athletes, a national veterans service athletic organization provides us a link to recovering veterans through sports, and Kids House, whose mission is to prevent child abuse and to aid child abuse victims and families. This ride is entirely police escorted, and so there are no stop signs, motorists or traffic lights to contend with. It’s my understanding that the lead group averages over 40 km/h (25 mi/h), and you can bet I’m going to do my best to hang with that group.
November 16, 2014: The Horrible Hundred – I did this ride last year, and really enjoyed it. With a little over 5,000 feet of vertical spread over the 100 mile course, this ride hits up all of our favorite local hills. After Six Gap, this will probably feel like a Swedish massage by comparison, so I’m going to ride it fast.
There are a couple other rides on my radar that may be added to this list. Hope to see many of you out there at these great events!