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Noodles to Noodles 100

There are many organized bicycle rides that honor specific foods. For example, there is the Giro de Vino (wine) through the vineyards of my old cycling grounds of Lodi, California; the San Francisco Tour de Ice Cream; and the Texan Tour de Donut. But as far as I know, there hasn’t been a ride specifically for one of cyclists’ favorite foods: pasta. That is, at least until my friend Scott devised his very own Noodles 2 Noodles century last year. That ride went so well that he decided to do it again this year—this time in the company of friends.

There were a total of eight of us starting at the Noodles restaurant in Fort Collins riding to the Noodles restaurant in Boulder and back. Despite having a view of the Front Range and the Rocky Mountains during almost every mile, this century ride was nearly as flat as a kitchen counter—a characteristic I appreciated considering the relatively few days I’ve perched on the bicycle saddle this year. It also featured less than a couple dozen traffic lights and more country than city.

You can read Scott’s report of how this ride went.

Note about the photos: they came out with a bluish tint because I accidentally had the camera’s light meter set for fluorescent light.

Ride Data

  • 98 miles from Noodles to Noodles to Noodles; 110 miles for me (since I biked from and to home)
  • 7:15 a.m. start, 4:45 p.m. finish -> 9.5 hours (includes 1.5 hours lunch break and other stops)
  • Average speed: 16.6 mph rolling, 11.6 mph overall



  • Scenery: 4
  • Support/Organization: self-supported
  • Food: 5 (I loved the Noodle’s spicy spaghetti & meatballs)
  • Weather: 3
  • Relative Difficulty: 1
  • Overall Rating: 4
[Mile 8, 8:41 a.m.] First and only flat of the day.
[Mile 22, 9:46 a.m.] The ride may have been very close to the Rocky Mountains but was very flat.
[Mile 26, 10:05 a.m.] Horses.
[Mile 30, 10:20 a.m.] Stopping for lemonade sold as a fundraiser for Boy Scouts.
[Mile 34, 10:38 a.m.] Back on the road through green countryside.
[Mile 48, 11:48 a.m.] Made it to the Noodles in Boulder.
[Mile 75, 2:47 p.m.] Stopping for cookies and refreshments at an impromptu "rest stop" in Berthoud.
Noodles-to-Noodles route, Fort Collins to Boulder
[Mile 0, 7:52 a.m.] Meeting outside the Noodles restaurant for Scott's Noodles to Noodles ride.