aggiesjc 8 Reviews I rode the Sierra Century’s 69er Challenge in good weather in 2017, so my comments refer to that. Be ready to climb A LOT if you ride this one, and if you have an option on gearing, bring your low-geared bike. This route has 6,000 feet of climbing and almost all of that comes in the first 40 miles. Strong climbers will have to work at this one, but if you’re not a strong climber, consider the traditional metric century instead, which has only 4,500 feet of climbing. Ride literature mentions rough roads, and they mean potholes (there are no gravel roads). Roads are generally smooth with the exception of some big potholes, but keep your eyes open and they’re easy enough to miss going uphill and on relative flat areas. Since most of the 6,000 feet of climbing happens in the first 40 miles, the last 30 miles are almost all downhill. You can pick up a lot of speed — watch the turns and those potholes! The food is average and I would have liked a little bit more of a vendor expo at the finish, but there is a nice jersey every year, and I loved the fact that they reward riders who survive the climb up Slug Gulch (very steep) with an enameled pin. I worked hard to earn that pin, and it means a lot to me. The scenery is definitely five stars, and the Sacramento Wheelmen staffing the rest stops were encouraging, helpful, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to visit with. Cost Average Registration convenience Easy Accommodation Convenience Easy to understand Website Information Convenient Parking Convenience Convenient Ride options Rides for every ability Route Sheets & markings Route sheets and markings needed Food at rest stops & finish Good selection SAG Support Ham Radio, very helpful and friendly Road Quality & Scenery Spectacular roads and scenery Course Safety Some danger, 45+mph low traffic Staff Friendliness Well staffed, friendly, courteous Overall Enjoyment Memorable Experience Perks Schwags, festive start/finish/Rest Stops, T-shirt 2 years ago Log in to Reply Reply to this review.