Sierra Century

3rd week, Saturday, April

http://sacwheelmen.org/sierracentury.org

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2 Reviews
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Cost

Average

Registration Convenience

Easy

Accommodation Convenience

Very convenient

Website Information

Easy to understand

Parking Convenience

Convenient

Ride options

Many rides

Route Sheets & markings

Good route sheets and well marked

Food at rest stops & finish

Excellent food and drinks

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

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  1. 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

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  2. 2 Reviews

    This is a great ride.

    Five different routes (41/65/69/102/122 miles) through the beautiful rolling oak woodland and pine forests of Amador and El Dorado Counties, including the wine country of Fair Play and the Shenandoah Valley and the historic Gold Rush towns of Ione, Sutter Creek, Volcano, Fiddletown, Mt. Aukum and Slug Gulch.

    Cost

    Average

    Registration convenience

    Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Easy to understand

    Website Information

    Very Convenient

    Parking Convenience

    Convenient

    Ride options

    Several Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Easy to follow without route sheets

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Excellent food and drinks

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, quick response

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Excellent roads and scenery

    Course Safety

    Some danger, 45+mph low traffic

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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