***White Clay Bicycle Club’s Savage Century ride is Saturday, Oct. 10.***
But now Joaquin is gone and The Savage is here.
The Savage Century – now in its 37th (!) year – is one of the most scenic and challenging rides in our area (especially if you choose one of the longer routes).
Shorter and flatter 40 and 60 mile routes are available for those looking for a relaxed fall ride. These routes have shorter and easier climbs for casual cyclists more interested in enjoying the rural beauty of Chester and Lancaster Counties than in athletic challenge. These are great rides to experience the simple charm of Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish farmlands and the scenic vistas from the hills along the Susquehanna River.
The longer 75 and 100 miles routes are different. They include climbs of the formidable Duck Hill, Fishing Creek, Bald Eagle and Red Hill. At one point climbing Duck Hill the grade of climb reaches 16°. These are routes where cyclists put their training to the test.
Even Joaquin might have trouble with that hill.
For those new to the Savage Century, it is recommended for the longer routes that bikes be equipped with a low gear of about 40 gear-inches (e.g. 28 tooth rear sprocket and 42-tooth chain ring on a typical road bike with a 27 inch tire) or lower to prevent undue straining of your knees on the major hills.
All routes are marked, cue sheets are provided, SAG support is available until 5:00 pm, and there are multiple food stops along the way.
White Clay Bicycle Club’s Savage Century ride is Saturday, Oct. 10.