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Century

We are using the same Tour de Cashiers Full Century route as in the past seven years, with improvements first used in 2011.  Our route has received great reviews from the riders, and you have our assurances that it is a tough course that will challenge even seasoned distance riders.

The Full Century route departs from the Metric Century and 25-miler at the very beginning, so you’ll have to commit to your length at the start. We will roll east out of town through Sapphire Valley and the Lake Toxaway area for about 30 miles of hilly forest and rural terrain in the valleys of the Horsepasture, Toxaway and (after crossing the Eastern Continental Divide) French Broad Rivers. Some stretches will be as nice as any roads you’ll ever find, unless you’re looking for a big climb or roaring descent – and those come later. Riders pass through the small town of Balsam Grove, and then head across the mountain towards Tuckaseegee, NC, on a new route that follows an agricultural valley up towards the crest of Tanasee Ridge.  After crossing Ridge, and enjoying a good descent, riders pass by two high-elevation lakes, with views of the gorges in this part of the Tuckaseegee headwaters.  After several climbs and descents in forested mountains, riders eventually have a long descent into the tiny town of Tuckaseegee.  You should then get about 7 miles of fairly level valley riding before a steep 1,500’ climb over the crest of the Cowee Ridge (at this point, the Full Century riders are on the same course as the Metric, but going in the opposite direction). Then, it’s down an equal amount into the Cullasaja River valley near Franklin.

After about 12 miles of relatively flat valley riding, some of it along the river, the Full Century riders must take on the Walnut Creek climb, considered by many to be the toughest in the area. It’s a 1,900’ ascent, compressed into less than 6 miles, with half of the climbing in the last two miles and only one brief break from constant pedaling.  Once you get to the top, there’s a nice 400’ descent. The Full and Metric Century routes then join for a two-part 500’ climb, a few miles of easy riding along the flanks of Yellow Mountain, and another 400’ descent. A few rolling miles through the Norton community takes you to Highway 64 west of Cashiers, for three miles on smooth asphalt and a fast downhill back to the Crossroads. Hope you get there by the 5:30 cutoff for dinner at the Village Green. Having made it through 10,500’ feet of climbing and just over 100 miles, you’ll be ready.

Note – This is a difficult route, and not a good choice for your first full century. If you aren’t an experienced mountain distance rider, the Metric Century is probably a better choice. For the sake of both riders and our hard-working volunteers, riders who aren’t on track to finish by 5:30 will be asked to sag in.

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CLICK HERE FOR THE CENTURY CUE SHEET & MAP!

 

2018 EVENT DATE ANNOUNCED!

 After careful consideration, The Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience is being planned for Saturday, September 15th, 2018. The move from April to September will make for even more of an enjoyable ride for cyclists and a great weekend for families and spectators. The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with Peak Racing Events of Atlanta, Georgia area who will operate the event and plan to add more fun items to the weekend.

Registration opening soon!  

 

Keep up-to-date here (www.tourdecashiers.com) or via Peak Racing Events website at www.PeakRacingEvents.com