JUNE 21, 2014
Registration opens January 18 - Click here to register
Here is a great video made from the 2013 ride footage - thanks to Mike Read for this!
Our first annual Castle Crags Century was a HUGE success! We were so happy to see so many HAPPY cyclists and your feedback has been tremendous!
Finally, a century ride with just the right amount of everything! Enjoy incredible views of some of nature's finest scenery as you ride this fabulous route.
The ride begins with a beautiful cruise along pristine Siskiyou Lake, then test your mettle with a challenging climb up a scenic one lane windy mountain pass to Mumbo Summit along the Sacramento River. The river will be rushing and wildflowers blooming along the way! Enjoy a refreshing rest stop 4 miles from the top of Mumbo Summit on the river, with fabulous views of Mount Shasta. Then continue up the steepest part of this climb to the summit where spectacular views of Gumboot Lake and Mount Shasta await. Then enjoy a fantastic downhill segment with distant views of Trinity Lake, the Trinity Alps and the Mountains. Both the Metric and full century routes will circle around the sky-scraping 6000 ft. spires of polished granite called the Castle Crags. Ride along scenic Castle Creek inside Castle Crags State Park, and through the quaint little town of Castella (don't blink or you'll miss it!). Continue along a beautiful forested one lane road next to the rushing Sacramento River and cross over the Pacific Crest Trail (we do not ride ON the PCT) and into the bucolic little town of Dunsmuir, where your 3rd rest stop awaits in the Botanical Gardens City Park. Relax here and enjoy the shaded riverside rest stop before the final grade back into Mount Shasta where you enjoy a fantastic lunch in the city park, where the Headwaters of the Sacramento River emerge right out of the mountain!
After lunch, you will head to the North through the Shasta Valley, crossing creeks and pasture lands along the way, all the while, Mt. Shasta looms overhead as you sail through Weed to your final Rest stop of the day at Bel Aire Park next to the College of the Siskiyous, voted the most scenic college campus in California. All this beauty is now yours to behold from the seat of your beloved bicycle -- the best place in the world to see the world!
We will be offering 4 ride options. The full century is 97 miles with roughly 9000 feet of climbing. It combines the two optional rides below for the full Century. There is just enough climbing to make this challenging, but the rewards are immense -- Riding along creeks and rivers, past scenic mountain lakes with spectacular views of Mt.Shasta, Trinity Alps & Trinity Lake, Castle Crags and the Sacramento River to name just a few. There are a few short sections of gravel on the full century, so beware -- there are also some pot holes but all in all mostly beautiful, quiet one lane paved roads... a cyclists dream!
The Metric Century is comprised of only the Castle Crags section, which is 61.4 miles with approximately 6,500 feet of climbing. This loop is where the short sections of gravel will be found and a few pot holes so please be careful. You will find the course to be very well marked.
The Family ride begins in the Mount Shasta City Park and goes out to Edgewood, around Hoy Road and back through Weed. It has 35 miles and about 2200 feet of scenic rolling hills with stunning Mount Shasta vistas.
We also offer the "gone fishin" ride for kids and beginners. It will be exactly 10 miles, and offers an optional stop at the Sisson Museum and fish hatchery at mile 5, where there will complimentary museum and hatchery tours and fun activities for kids to do including feeding the fish at the hatchery!
The Castle Crags were formed in much the same manner as nearby Mt. Shasta and the other peaks of the Cascade Range—by volcanic activity some 200 million years ago. For the last million years, the Crags have been subjected to the forces of wind, rain, ice and even some small glaciers, which have shaped the granite into its distinctive shapes. Rising beside the spiky peaks is a round one, Castle Dome, which many mountaineers liken to Yosemite’s Half Dome.