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Stagecoach Century Ride--Please describe the climbing portion in more detail.

Written by: Jim Knight

The climbing is mostly front loaded. You start at 373 feet and climb up to about 2,700 feet near the turn-around. These are long gentle desert grades for the most part, except for three very obvious passes of about 7-8% grades on the way out.

These three passes are steeper, but short. The steeper sectons are about 1/2 to 1 mile long, then back to the easier grade. You can see the summits at the base of the climb, so you can guage your effort accordingly. The trip home is beautiful, mostly downhill, winds usually at your back. Just one pass to climb, maybe 1/2 mile steep section, same as described earlier, then continues up at a more gentle grade for about another mile or so, with water at the top.

You may also want to visit our "Gallery" section then view "Stagecoach Century Ride" to see pictures taken along the course route.  These pictures show various terrain you will encounter and should give you a good idea of what to expect.

As a reminder, the course route is an out-and-back design. We have placed aid stations along the course at points where water and nutrition items might come in handy. The total distance you ride is completely up to you. If you want to ride to the 25 mile point--which will be marked--and turn back to make it a 50 miler, that is your choice...just be safe on the turn-around.