Photo by Ride Gradient
We wouldn't call ourselves cycling pros here at UM HQ, but as enthusiasts we're not ones to shy away from a century ride or two. No matter where you are in the country, there are some great rides to look forward to this fall. We've put together a list of a few favorite national events. Have a local ride you look forward to every year? Share in the comments!
Darn Tough Ride
Stowe, VT on September 6, 2015
If you think Stowe is just worth visiting in the winter, think again. Their famous Darn Tough Century ride and the King or Queen of the Mountain Competition are two of the many reasons why it's worth visiting this fall.
Maine Lighthouse Ride
South Portland, ME on September 12, 2015
For those who are looking to get some sight seeing done along their ride, the Maine Lighthouse Ride is for you. The route covers 100 miles along the Maine coast, stopping at historic lighthouses from Orchard Beach to Kennebunkport.
Washoe County’s Bowers Mansion Regional Park (Carson City and Reno, NV) on September 20, 2015
The name of this event is inspired by its efforts to source the food and drink offered during and after the ride from local ranchers, brewers, bakers, and farmers. Challenges like the climb up Kingsbury Grade are rewarded with a post-ride BBQ.
Haunted Hundred Overnight Century Ride
Schuylersville, NY on October 24-15, 2015
This notoriously fun and festive route loops through Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. The real treat are the spooky spots along the ride, like Bloody Pond and Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Palm Desert Century
Palm Desert, CA on November 14, 2015
This ride takes you through the Coachella Valley––from Palm Desert south to La Quinta, east to the Salton Sea, and onto Box Canyon Road to a 50-mile turnaround at Chiriaco Summit. Post ride celebrations are hosted at University Park in Palm Desert.
El Tour de Tucson
Tucson, AZ on November 21, 2015
This ride is one of the oldest cycling events in the USA and attracts intermediate to advanced cyclists. The route follows Tucson's perimeter, passing by three mountain ranges and traversing the Sonoran Desert. Riders finish in downtown Tucson with food vendors, beer gardens, music performances, and an awards ceremony.