10,000 Foot Century
Sat, Sep 6 - Sun, Sep 7, 2014
Times: 7am start
Venue: 10,000 Foot Century
54 Middle Street, Florence, MA 01062Contact:
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Ten thousand feet, that's a lot of climbing in 100 miles. If you really like to climb and descend, are in mid-season form, and have easy gearing - this is the event for you.
Saturday is century day, so come in fresh and be ready to go up hill. The route is spectacularly beautiful, travelling through some of the most rugged terrain western Massachusetts has to offer. Catch glimpses of rafts as they negotiate class-four whitewater and marvel at the views of the mountains of southern Vermont. This ride is van supported and will have an A paced group and a B paced group so no one gets dropped. We'll be getting back late in the day, so after a shower we'll be off to a very well deserved dinner. On Sunday, we'll wind things down with a flat, recovery-paced jaunt to the Montague Bookmill for coffee, cookies and conversation.
The century includes a number of steep hard sections, including the climb from the Deerfield River to Whitcomb Summit. This comes at roughly 50 miles in, and covers nearly two and one half miles with an average grade of a hair over 10%. You will want an easy gear on this climb!
As per the old adage, what goes up must come down, so expect some fast, twisty New England style descents. The good news is that the last 15 miles are mainly downhill, as we shed nearly 1300 feet in that distance.