The 2023 Fall Challenge will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Our routes are similar from year-to-year, though we tweak them to avoid road construction or fresh chip-sealing to give you the best, smoothest ride we can. We will update our routes a couple of weeks prior to the event, but our 2022 routes will give you a good indication of what to expect in 2023.
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Peninsula Century 25 mile
Peninsula Century 50 mile
Peninsula Century 62 mile
Peninsula Century 100 Mile
Whether attempting the 100-mile, 62-mile, 50-mile or 25-mile routes, the Peninsula Century ride will be an incredible experience for riders of all abilities.
The 100-mile route contains 2,871 feet of elevation with multiple climbs. The 25-mile route takes riders on a flatter, easier route through the center of the peninsula.
Planned by avid cyclists who know Door County better than anyone else, the ride is capped at 1,000 riders to ensure the best experience possible.
The Peninsula Century begins with a rollout start at Sister Bay Waterfront Park at 7 a.m. and finish with a post-ride party featuring a gourmet taco bar from Thyme Catering, dessert of cherry crisp from Seaquist Orchards and ice cream from Door County Ice Cream Factory, and One Barrel Brewing Co. beer and music beneath a tent at Waterfront Park.
With an array of lodging accommodations just a short walk from the festivities, participants can ride to the start line at Waterfront Park, and walk to area shops, restaurants, and taverns after the ride.
There will be two roll out times for the rides. Those riding in the century and metric century their ride with a rollout at waterfront park at 7 am. The 50-mile ride will start with a rollout at 8 am. They will be followed by the start of the 25 mile ride at 9 am.
100 Mile Ride – 7 am
Metric Century Ride – 7 am
50 Mile Ride – 8 am
25 Mile Ride – 9 am
We have extended the aid station windows and the post-ride meal this year to accommodate all riders, but we strongly advise that all riders start as close to the posted times as possible to ensure access to all aid stations, food, and perks of the event, especially riders who expect to average less than 14 miles per hour for the ride.
Be advised, there are several significant hills on the longer routes. No, it’s not like riding in the mountains, but it’s not flat either.
Rest stops will be found on all of the routes for riders to stop and fuel up on food and beverages. Each rest stop is staffed by a Door County non-profit who will be receiving a donation from the ride. Please thank them for their help with the ride and their contributions to community organizations!
Staffed by: Climate Change Coalition of Door County
Clark Park, Fish Creek, (Mile 16 of the 50, 62, and 100-mile routes) – Open 7:30am – 9:30 am
Serving: Water, HEED energy Drink, bananas, oranges, donut holes & bagels, and coffee from D.C. Chocolate and peeled hard-boiled eggs.
Staffed by: Egg Harbor Historical Society
Egg harbor, (Mile 29 of century route),
Open 8:10 am – 10:30 am
Serving: water, HEED energy Drink, bananas, oranges, cookies, trail mix, peanut butter pretzels.
Cave Point County Park
Staffed by: Sevastopol Music Arts & Theater Guild
Sturgeon Bay, (mile 46 of the century route), Open 8:50 am – 12:00 pm
Serving: Water, HEED energy Drink, chopped melon, and peanut butter pretzels.
Staffed by: Rotary Club Door County North
Baileys Harbor, Corner of West Meadow and Ahrens Road, (mile 64.1 century, 34 Metric Century and 50-mile route, mile 12 of the 25-mile route),
Open 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Serving: Water, HEED energy Drink, bananas, oranges, subs (turkey & veggie option with cheese), cookies, peanut butter pretzels.
Staffed by: Friends Of Gibraltar/The Ridges Sanctuary
Ellison Bay, (mile 81 Century, mile 51 Metric)
Open 8:30 am – 3:10 pm
Serving: Water, HEED energy Drink, bananas, oranges, cookies, granola bars, GU
Staffed by: Shepherd of the Bay
Ellison Bay (mile 90 century route)
Open 10:30 am – 4 pm
Serving: Water, HEED energy Drink, pineapple chunks, cookies, granola bars, GU
Bike mechanics on-call
After your ride, we’ll be serving a post-ride meal from Thyme Catering featuring a gourmet taco bar with pork, chicken, and veggie tacos, rice and beans, and a desert of cherry crisp from Seaquist Orchards. The meal will be served from 11-5pm.
You’ll also get one free beer from One Barrel Brewing Co.
Support Services and Sag Wagon
Experienced mechanics will be available to assist with repairs along the course. It is recommended to ride with a cell phone along the route, in case of emergency or the need for mechanical assistance from the Sag Wagon; however, your cell phone may not work at all locations along the route.
A mechanic will also be stationed at the starting line until at least 9:30 am.
Temperatures in mid-September average in the high 50s; however, it is cooler by the lake. Once again, we’ve added a gear check at Murphy Park, at mile 29 of the century route, so you can stay warm in the morning and shed layers as the day warms up. Gear will be brought to the merchandise table at the concourse for riders to pick up until 5pm.
Riders may pick up packets and maps at Waterfront Park in Sister Bay. Hours are 4 – 7 pm on Friday, September 16 and 6 – 9 am on Ride Day Saturday, September 17.
Waterfront Park is located at 648 North Bayshore Drive just west of the corner of Bay Shore Drive (Hwy 42) and Mill Road in the center of Sister Bay.
While all four courses have been designed to avoid high traffic areas, the routes will not be closed to traffic. All bikers should follow the rules of the road, including stopping at stop signs and riding single file on the right side of the road. It is recommended to wear a helmet when bicycling.
All routes will follow regular state, county and local roadways and are used by automobiles, trucks, buses, bicycles, motorcycles and farm machinery; they have no special provisions for bicyclists. Bicyclists participating in the Peninsula Century, using the map and the marked route, assume the responsibilities and risks for their own safety when cycling.
The bicycle is classified as a vehicle under Wisconsin state law (WI Statute 346.02 (4)) and has the same Rights AND RESPONSIBILITIES as motor vehicles, including the right to use public roads unless specifically prohibited. The safety of bicycling depends on the conscientious efforts of bicyclists and motorists to obey traffic laws and act with mutual consideration when sharing the roadway.
Participants staying in Sister Bay will have the convenience of riding their bikes to Waterfront Park for packet pickup and the start of the ride at Waterfront Park Saturday morning. Others are encouraged to park in the Marina overflow parking lot or at the Sister Bay Sports Complex, both of which are just a short ride from the starting line.