The Chelan Century Challenge route 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 39.4 miles long with an elevation gain of 3995ft, Loop 2 is 32.5 miles in length with an elevation gain of 2380ft, and Loop 3 is 29.3 miles long with an elevation gain of 1945ft. Each loop combines challenging hills with captivating scenery. The ride is 101.2 miles with a total elevation gain is 8,320ft 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, and the ascent will be timed with age-group prizes for the fastest times. Riders should ride all three loops in sequence, but are free to ride only the first loop or two of the loops in combination if they wish. Also, we offer either camping or home hosting (with local Rotarians)options for additional overnight accommodations.
Following the success of prior years the Chelan Cycle de Vine will again include a boat trip across the lake. This ride will visit many of the valley’s popular wineries, and the route is ridable for most skill and fitness levels. Departing from and returning to Vin du Lac winery, the route will follow the north shore of the lake, including the town of Manson, before crossing the lake to Lake Chelan State Park. The lake crossing will of course be subject to weather conditions. The ride has become a circular tour of the beautiful Lake Chelan Valley. There will be Rest Stops at several of the wineries, and the participating wineries will be providing coupon promotions that can be enjoyed after the ride, throughout the weekend, or may entice you to return and enjoy all the Chelan has to offer on a subsequent visit. Also new this year is a poker run contest; riders will obtain playing cards at participating wineries and create the best poker hand for a grand prize at ride’s end.
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.
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