The Challenge of the Centuries is a 28 year old annual event held on the weekend before Memorial Day. Rides of 35, 100K and 100 miles are held on Saturday and Sunday with riders leaving at 8 am each day from the Hartwell YMCA. Sponsored by the Hartwell Kiwanis Club the ride has annually 350 to 400 riders and each year has numerous riders who are repeat riders.
On Saturday the ride heads east with all three rides crossing the massive Hartwell Lake dam. Bikes are only permitted to cross the dam, about 2 miles, this one time each year. Each ride goes into South Carolina on gentle terrain of the Piedmont of North East Georgia. The rides on Saturday are: Smith-McGee Sojourn 39.7 miles, Ruckersville Ramble 67.3 miles, and Calhoun Falls Century 99.6 miles
On Sunday the ride heads west and north and is more challenging for the long rides. On Sunday you can do: Ridge View Venture 31.2 miles Pleasant Hill Ride 59.3 miles Assault on Dick’s Hill 98.9 miles
Register online at imATHLETE.com. Just search for Challenge of the Centuries Register online, it's quick and convenient. A small processing fee is charged by imATHLETE.com if you choose this method. It is the only method to register in advance using a credit or debit card. Sorry we don't take credit cards at the door. The 2018 Challenge of the Centuries bicycle ride registration at imATHLETE.com is available here. Save $10 by registering before April 30.
Regardless of your riding style, you will find friends of all ages to ride with.
Probably three quarters of our riders have been with us year after year.
We open at the Hartwell Y on Friday evening and are back early Saturday and Sunday morning.