The Northumberland Hills Cycling Club offers monthly century rides beginning in May, on each long weekend throughout the cycling season with the final century occurring on Labour Day weekend. Each century is 100km in length (a metric century) but the final century of the season will offer both a metric and an imperial century (160km). All century rides are weather-dependent, of course.
The first century in May is typically an easier, flat course ride since it’s early in the season. There’s usually an option for stopping at a restaurant along the route for lunch if riders wish, although some just choose to breeze through.
A mid-summer century may include a trip to Presqu’ile park where riders might take a break, go for a swim and have a picnic.
The Labour Day Century Weekend will be a partially supported ride. The NHCC will provide snacks, drinks for hydration, a support vehicle at various points along the route, and a limited ability to transport bikes and people back to the start if necessary.
With adequate training starting early in the season, even new club members could set a 100km distance goal. Consistency will be key—get out and ride regularly, build your distance up incrementally, seek advice from others and you might find yourself celebrating your first Century Ride by the end of the season!