Chelan Century Challenge is a cloverleaf design passing through orchards and vineyards into the mountainous terrain surrounding Lake Chelan; one of the world’s most spectacular glacial carved lakes with some of Washington State’s most impressive scenery. Each leaf is completely different – Loop 1 is 29.9 miles in length with an elevation gain of 2359ft, Loop 2 is 40.8 miles long with an elevation gain of 4313ft and Loop 3 is 34.6 miles long with an elevation gain of 2937ft. Each loop combines challenging hills with captivating scenery. The ride is 105.3 miles with a total elevation gain is 9,609ft of (depending on your individual GPS and riding style). The signature climb is McNeil Canyon – this climb is 6 miles long starting at 850ft and finishing at 3100ft. It is rated as a “Cat 1” climb. Riders are required to complete all three loops in sequence, but are free to ride only the first loop or the first and second loop if they wish.
Following the success of the 2016 and 2017 Chelan Cycle de Vine the 2018 ride will again include a trip across the lake. This experience was extremely well received by all riders. Gone is the need to ride out along the north shore or south shore then back into Lake Chelan. The lake crossing will of course be subject to weather conditions. The ride has become a circular tour of the beautiful Lake Chelan Valley. Your ride will begin and end in Don Morse Park in downtown Chelan as always.
The trip across the lake will be either from Manson Bay Park or the Lake Chelan State Park depending on whether you start by riding along the north shore to Manson Bay or the south shore to Lake Chelan State Park.
Volunteers will be at both parks for snacks and beverages and will be giving out valuable coupon books from local Chelan wineries to participating riders. The coupons can be enjoyed after the ride, throughout the weekend and some have longer expiration dates to entice you to return and enjoy all the Chelan has to offer.
A number of the wineries have excellent restaurants and offer live music on weekends. Riders are encouraged to eat at the wineries and enjoy the music venues. You may even enjoy special discounts as a ride participant.
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