Routes are subject to change based on roadwork
schedules and logistical demands. Each rider will be issued an updated route map at packet pick-up. Any required last minute changes will be announced at the ride start.
203 Lake Lowell Avenue, Nampa, Idaho.
Designed for children, beginners, and families. This course is mostly on a segment of Nampa’s Greenbelt which follows along the Wilson Drain creek going through Nampa. It is beautifully landscaped and provides great viewing of ducks, geese, goats, sheep, llamas, cows, and horses. It is essentially flat. There is one rest stop. There will be volunteers to guide riders along this course, as there is no map for this route.
For those who have spent a bit of time in the saddle but who don’t want to get too athletic, this is a fun social ride. There is a slight climb as you approach Lake Lowell, though not very strenuous. The scenery is wonderful and there is a rest stop adjacent to the lake. The return trip includes one not very serious climb for about a quarter mile and then some nice downgrade riding.
For those wanting more of a challenge than 10 miles, but not ready for the strain of 35 miles. You will depart from Nampa High and travel to Lake Shore. You will enjoy the scenery of Lake Lowell as you bike along the lake shore. This will be a wonderful tour for the growing cyclist inside of you!
This route is currently 40 miles due to road construction.
We anticipate that the ride will be 35 miles on the day of the tour. One should be somewhat of a cyclist to participate in this ride. It is the most popular of our routes. The route includes some hills – none are massive, but they require some strenuous pedaling. The scenery makes it worth it though! Once south of Lake Lowell there are incredible displays of Canyon County’s agricultural productivity and diversity, including huge mint fields and vineyards. A rest stop near Sawtooth Winery is at the 13 mile mark and a second rest stop is at the very scenic Lower Dam on the west end of Lake Lowell, near the 25 mile mark.
For fairly serious cyclists, this ride includes incredible scenery of the Snake River area. The Terry Reilly clinic in Melba serves as your first rest stop. From here the scenic vistas really begin, as you head down into the Snake River Valley there is the panorama of the Owyhee Mountains. As you ride west on Map Rock Road along the Snake River, you are in the Deerflat National Wildlife Refuge and will see grand cliffs. The third rest stop is at the Terry Reilly Marsing Clinic after which you will return back across the Snake River to face a significant climb out of the canyon, heading toward the scenic Lower Dam for your last rest stop before heading back to Nampa along the northern shore of Lake Lowell.
This “mother of all rides” is not for the faint of heart, although it is not scary. It is long, it is very scenic, it includes six rest stops, and it has both flat areas and rolling hills, without any killer hills. There is one very dramatic descent to the floor of the Snake River Valley. The ride goes into Marsing and then on to Homedale in Owyhee County. From Homedale you ride into Oregon before returning across the Snake River back to Idaho. In Idaho it takes riders through amazing agricultural areas. Rest stops are well spaced throughout and the last part of the ride does not contain any significant hills.
**NEW THIS YEAR**
This year, three options have been built into the Century Ride to help you be successful.
*Early Bird Start.
Riders who want a little extra time or an earlier start to the ride may join us for a 6:00 AM start time. Early Bird Riders are asked to pick up registration materials at packet pick-up locations prior to the event. Sag Wagon support begins at 7:00 AM.
Riders are asked to be to Marsing by 10:30 AM. Otherwise, you can be re-routed to join the Metric Century Riders for a 50 mile ride.
If you find the Century Ride is a bit too ambitious or you have not arrived in Homedale by 11:00 AM, you can be re-routed to a new course which turns this into a 75 mile ride. Riders who wish to continue the Century Ride after 11:00 AM may do so, but will be riding without support.