The full century, or 100 mile course (over 9600 feet of vertical climbing), was established and designed as the perfect tune-up for the heralded Six Gap Century event at the end of September. The metric century, or 100 kilometer event, can also be used as a training ride for Six Gap and will provide fun and challenging preparation for any century.
Riders will leave the outskirts of downtown Cumming, GA, in the shadow of Sawnee Mountain, traverse around the mountain, and then extend north into the farmlands of northern Forsyth County. The low-traffic route is easily followed through quiet and scenic, rolling hills amidst a landscape of farms and livestock. At approximately 12.5 miles, there will be a rest stop. The route continues through quiet roads with a slight increase to the hills. At approximately 25 miles, there will be another rest stop (Yellow Creek Road and Highway 53). The riders will follow Steve Tate Road past Big Canoe to Highway 136. The terrain will progressively become more challenging, culminating with a climb of Burnt Mountain. There will be a rest stop atop Burnt Mountain. The riders will descend to the outskirts of Jasper, GA. At approximately 50 miles, there will be a final rest stop. The riders will then return along the same route to the finish. The challenge will be the two climbs over Burnt Mountain, completing 9600 feet of climbing over the course! The scenery is spectacular, with stunning views of the Northwestern Georgia mountains and quiet roads adjacent to lakes and streams.