The Full Century Challenge takes riders up and down 3 mountains — Suck Creek, Sequatchie and Sand, in 2 states – Tennessee and Alabama. Riders leave Chattanooga heading north to the Northshore, Red Bank to Suck Creek Road. This is the longest yet least difficult of the climbs at 5 miles. The scenery is awesome! The descent comes almost immediately and is mostly quick and non-technical. There are a couple of sharp turns (check your road markings and signage) on the 5 mile descent.
Then comes the fast and mostly flat to gently rolling ride across the valley road to the right turn onto Ketner Mill Road and over to Valley View. A left turn and soon a right turn onto Sequatchie Mountain Road has riders on the 2nd climb. This is a very challenging climb with sections pushing 20%. This climb is the timed climb and will determine the KOM and QOM. After descending riders are back in the valley and will soon cross the new Hwy. 41 bridge over Nickajack Lake. (Century and Metric courses split here.) Century riders head up and over Ladds Mountain Road into Alabama toward the 3rd climb – up the character-filled goat path of Sand Mountain. A new descent of Sand into Tennessee has riders going up and over Ladds Mountain Road in the opposite direction (fast descent here!). A right turn onto Hwy 41 presents a stair-step climb. Riders will enjoy the next several miles — downhill and slightly rolling — along the water.
A couple of turns later, riders will travel around the toe of Lookout Mountain into downtown Chattanooga and to the finish line at Finley Stadium. Route: 100.1 miles