CA Double Centuries

So the 2007 double century schedule for California is out now. By my count, there are a whopping 18 200-mile organized bike rides in the Golden State (or maybe 17, as it’s unclear whether the Bay in a Day Double will be held again this year). And guess what? It appears that I have done them all! Well, almost.

I’ve ridden the Solvang Double in the spring three times, but as of 2006, there’s a new Solvang Autumn Double that is “significantly more challenging than the Spring event” with 3,300 feet more climbing. Hmmm, I just may have to come down to CA in October to do it…

Are there any more that I am missing on the list below? If so, please let me know by leaving a comment.

Regarding which of the following rides were my favorites, see the article entitled 10 years of double centuries. Happy cycling!

Ride Name Elevation Gain Dates Ridden
Bass Lake Double 14,600 Oct 15, 2005
Bay in a Day Double 8,000 Jul 23, 2005
Butterfield Double 8,200 Feb 19, 2005
Central Coast Double 13,800 May 8, 1999
Davis Double 8,400 May 18, 1996; May 17, 1997; May 16, 1998; May 15, 1999
Death Valley Fall Double 9,100 Nov 2, 2002
Death Valley Spring Double 9,000 Mar 22, 1997
Devil Mountain Double 18,800 Apr 17, 1999; Apr 21, 2001
Eastern Sierra Double 10,000 Jul 4, 1998
Grand Tour 5,200 Jun 21, 1997
Heartbreak Double 15,200 Oct 28, 2002
Hemet Double 5,800 Apr 3, 2004
Knoxville Fall Classic 12,600 Sep 16, 2000; Sep 29, 2001; Sep 21, 2002
Mt. Tam Double 14,500 Aug 7, 2004
Mulholland Double 16,400 Apr 17, 2004
Solvang Autumn Double 10,100
Solvang Spring Double 6,800 Apr 5, 1998; Mar 26, 1999; Mar 25, 2000
Terrible Two Double 16,000 Jun 26, 1999; Jun 17, 2000
[Mile 26, 6:51am] Felix Wong at the first checkpoint, fairly comfortable despite being drenched in several torrential downpours already.

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