42nd SIERRA CENTURY - April 15, 2017

The 2017 Sierra Century Photos are now available at:  https://captivatingsportsphotos.shootproof.com/17SierraCentury

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The Five Routes

These routes have been designed for fun and adventure as well as personal challenge. Except perhaps for the 41er Tour route, all of these routes have some long sustained climbs with a few steeper climbs depending upon your selected route. Please train properly. None of these routes are recommended for beginners.

April 2017 UPDATE: Upper Shake Ridge Road is closed indefinitely due to recent storm damage, and riders on the Double Metric and 69er routes will do a U turn on Omo Ranch Road at Hwy 88 and return to Plymouth on the Classic Century route.

An updated map of all five routes, including rest and water stops, is available here (pdf file size is 5 MB). 

Printed maps will be available at registration and all route stops. See link below for separate route maps, elevation profiles, cue sheets, and links to download routes to your GPS device.

Note: If you download the route files to a Garmin or other GPS device, some of the rest and water stops will not show up because the routes entering and exiting the stops are not included. Printed cue sheets that include the routes entering and exiting the stops will be available to all riders, and the corners near the stops on the routes will be marked.

Select here for a link to detailed maps and elevation profiles for all rides.

The 41er Tour

For those riders looking for a ride shorter and with less climbing than the Metric Century and 69er Challenge routes, the 41er Tour route with 41 miles and 3250 feet of climbing follows the 69er Challenge route to the base of Slug Gulch Road (Mile 24), then continues on Perry Creek Road and Fairplay Road for 2.1 miles and a few more hills to Omo Ranch Road where it joins the concluding descent of the Classic Century route back to the Fairgrounds through the Shenandoah Valley.

The Metric Century

The Metric Century, 65 miles with 4500 feet of climbing, follows rolling oak woodland to Ione, then continues on to Sutter Creek, Volcano, Ram’s Horn Grade, Daffodil Hill, then down to Fiddletown and back to the Fairgrounds. The route has the same mileage and about the same amount of climbing as the 100KM route of the Party Pardee Century (4150 ft.), and even shares one of that route's streets (West Marlette Street in Ione).  The route includes 5 aid stations.

The 69er Challenge

For those riders who want to take on the challenge of Slug Gulch Road much earlier than the Classic Century and Double Metric Century routes (Mile 24 instead of Mile 77) and experience the isolation and beauty of the upper reaches of Omo Ranch and Shake Ridge Roads, we are pleased to provide again this year the 69er Challenge route of 69 miles with 6000 feet of climbing.  Instead of beginning the ride by heading west on Old Sacramento Road along with the other three long routes, this ride leaves Plymouth the opposite direction by heading east on Fiddletown Road and travels just 7 miles to Fiddletown before it picks up the remainder of the Double Metric Century route. A Slug Gulch pin awaits you at the top of Slug Gulch.

The Classic Century

The Classic Century, 102 miles with 7800 feet of climbing, follows the Metric Century route to Fiddletown and continues up to Mt. Aukum, Fair Play, and Slug Gulch. A well-deserved rest stop and Slug Gulch pin await you at the top of Slug Gulch. Rest, recover, and enjoy the downhill back to the Fairgrounds through the Shenandoah Valley. The route includes 6 aid stations.

The Double Metric Century

The Double Metric Century, 122 miles with 9600 feet of climbing, follows the Classic Century route to the top of Slug Gulch and adds an extra loop with additional climbing before returning through Fiddletown and the Shenandoah Valley to the Fairgrounds. The route includes 8 aid stations.

Elevation of Key Points on the Routes

Key Point Elevation
Plymouth 1080 feet
Ione(mile 20) 291 feet
Sutter Creek (mile 30) 1198 feet
Volcano (mile 42) 2053 feet
Daffodil Hill (mile 46) 2912 feet
Fiddletown/Shake Ridge Rds.(mile 49, Metric highest pt.) 3350 feet
Fiddletown (mile 59/7) 1678 feet
Mt. Aukum (the town) (mile 69/17) 2091 feet
Pioneer Park (mile 74/22) 2054 feet
Base of Slug Gulch Rd. (mile 77/24) 2180 feet
Top of Slug Gulch Rd. (mile 83/31, Century highest pt.) 3609 feet
Omo Ranch Water Stop (mile 89/37) 4580 feet
Omo Ranch Rd./SR 88 (mile 92/40, Double Metric highest pt.) 5000 feet

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