Trevor Raab Many cyclists have a goal of riding the elusive century . Seeing a cycling computer hit triple digits brings a new sense of accomplishment and pride that’s tough to beat. “It’s hard to do a 100-mile ride without having some sort of discovery experience, big or small, and a sense of accomplishment,” says professional endurance cyclist, Payson McElveen.
You don’t even have to sign up for a fancy event to make those century dreams come true. Whether your goal of clocking 100 miles is to get fit, connect with friends , or experience as much of a landscape as possible on road, gravel, or trail, we chatted with endurance cyclists and guides for their input on how to plan a century ride route in your own town. Related Story An 8-Week Training Plan to Ride a Century
1. Use a Predetermined Event to Design a Personalized Ride
When you first start route building for a century ride, find inspiration from other tried-and-true routes in the zone where you want to ride.
More From Bicycling play icon The triangle icon that indicates to play Video player poster image To point, the CB Classic is a historic annual mountain bike ride connecting 100 miles of the most stunning, popular singletrack surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado, which inspired local endurance athlete Sarah Stubbe to create her own version, making it an annual 100-mile ladies’ ride dubbed the La Classica, first organized in 2022. The ride, which has evolved to overlap segments of […]