Event Schedule

Date:   SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017. THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT!

Note Start Time!! The Full Century and Metric Options begin at 7:30 AM sharp!!

The  25-mile option riders will meet in the stadium parking lot at 8:15 AM to begin loading bikes. Riders begin boarding the bus at 9:15. The bus departs for Shellmound Campground at 9:30.

LOCATION:

Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408

Directions: From I-24 take Hwy. 27 North. Exit right onto MLK Blvd. Take the first right onto Carter Street and continue across Main Street. First Tennessee Pavilion is on the left.  The Stadium is on the right.

PACKET PICKUP AND ON-SITE REGSTRATION TIMES:

  • FRIDAY, MAY 5 FROM 4:00 TO 8:00 PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6 FROM 6:00 – 7:15 AM

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 5, 2017

  • 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Packet Pick Up and On-Site Registration

Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • 6:00 AM – 7:15 AM Late packet Pick Up and On-site Registration
  • 7:10 – 7:25 AM Riders gather at the start area Start area is on Carter Street (between the stadium and the TN Pavillion) facing North.
  • 7:25 AM Welcome and last minute ride info
  • 7:30 AM Mass Start of the Century and Metric route riders
  • 8:15 – Loading bikes and buses for 25 mile riders.
  • 9:30 AM – Bus departure to start location of the 25-mile route.
  • 10:45 AM Finish Line Festivities Begin
  • 10:45 AM – 4:30 PM – Post ride lunch served
  • 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Showers open, follow posted signs to showers
  • 4:30 PM Close of the Course (all riders must be off the course)
  • 5:30 PM Event venue closes

 


Full Century Ride Option

Routes may be adjusted. This page, Facebook and Twitter will alert you to course changes.  

EDITED:  Ride With GPS course edits 4/30/17.  Links are updated to reflect first and last mile changes, as well as the addition of the Shellmound loop in Marion County.  Please download these latest edits.

EDITED 2/26/2017

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


Metric Century Option

Routes may be adjusted. This page, Facebook and Twitter will alert you to course changes.  

EDITED:  Ride With GPS course edits 4/30/17.  Links are updated to reflect first and last mile changes, as well as the addition of the Shellmound loop in Marion County.  Please download these latest edits.

 

Route Updated 2/26/2017

The Metric Challenge takes riders over one mountain – Suck Creek, and over roads in Tennessee.  Suck Creek Mountain is a 5 mile gentle climb with its descent coming almost immediately.

Riders will follow the full century course across the Sequatchie Valley with a new right turn over to Valley View Hwy to Mel Dixon to East Valley and Pleasant Grove (new roads — you’re going to love them!). Riders cross the familiar Hwy 41 bridge and split from the century route when going straight on Hwy 41 up the “stair steps”. After a few fun few miles of downhill and rolling terrain, riders will be on familiar roads again — Wauhatchee and Cummings Hwy. (with the security of road cones) and into downtown Chattanooga and to the finish at Finley Stadium.

The route totals 64.8 miles.


25 Mile Route Option (27.3 miles)

Routes may be adjusted. This page, Facebook and Twitter will alert you to course changes.  

EDITED:  Ride With GPS course edits 4/30/17.  Link is updated to reflect the last mile change.Please download this latest edit.

 

Edited 2/26/2017

The 25-Mile Challenge riders will meet in the parking lot of the stadium at 8:15.  We will load your bikes into trucks, you will board the school bus(es) at 9:15 and depart at 9:30 for the trip to the start of your ride — at Shellmound Campground.  Once there, you may begin your ride, which is essentially the same as the Metric Route from mile 2 onward.

The route has NO mountain climbs and travels roads of Tennessee. While it is a mostly flat course, there are a few challenging hills. New will be the stair step climb up Hwy. 41, starting just after the Hwy 41 bridge crossing.

Riders will return to the stadium via Cummings Highway (which will be coned for riders safety).  Route is 27.3 miles.