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Welcome to Lake Chelan's deep blue water, 300 days of sunshine, world-class wineries, gourmet restaurants, and small-town charm. The pristine 50.5 mile glacier-fed lake is 1.5 miles at its widest and 1486 ft. at its deepest point. The Lake Chelan Valley is nestled in the North Cascades National Forest.
The Lake Chelan Century Challenge is a cloverleaf design. There are three (3) leaves (loops), each one being completely different. Loop 1 is 29.9 miles in length with an elevation gain of 2359ft, Loop 2 is 40.8 miles long with an elevation gain of 4313ft and Loop 3 is 34.6 miles long with an elevation gain of 2937ft. Each loop combines challenging hills with captivating scenery. The total elevation gain is 9,609ft of elevation gain with total length of the ride is 105.3 miles (depending on your individual GPS and riding style). The signature climb of the ride is McNeil Canyon - this climb is 6 miles long starting at 850ft and finishing at 3100ft. This is a “Cat 1” climb. All elevations and distances are as measured by RIDEwithGPS.
The ride passes through orchards and vineyards into the mountainous terrain surrounding Lake Chelan; one of the world’s most spectacular glacial carved lakes with some of Washington State’s most impressive scenery.
Riders are required to complete all three loops in sequence, but are free to ride only the first loop or the first and second loop if they wish.