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CENTURIES and other special events


Our centuries (100-mile road rides) are scenic, challenging and social. A century is an achievable goal, even for a first-year rider, and there are always shorter options. A century is not a race.
Another special event: the George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor



September 18, 2021


Bicycle 65, 100 or 125 miles from Rutland, Mass., on paved roads around the Quabbin Reservoir, a pristine jewel in the heart of Massachusetts. Not much traffic; plenty of hills. 

Limited to 300 riders.


closes at 5 p.m. Sept. 15. There will be no day-of-ride registration.

Entry fees: $25 for Seven Hills Wheelmen members and $35 for nonmembers.

Rider packets, including
GPS route links and other crucial information, will be emailed to all registrants before ride day. 


Naquag Elementary School
 285 Main St. (Route 122A)
 Rutland, Mass.

Map & directions to start

7:00 double metric
8:00 century
9:00 metric


2021 routes


Double Metric 
Quabbin Park inset map


Quab Cam -- webcam view of Quabbin Reservoir from the Visitor Center


For ride info (if you can't find it here), or to volunteer,
contact Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301,
or Steve Plays,




Things to Do
(Telegram & Gazette, 2016)


10 Things to Do
(Telegram & Gazette, 2015)


Great cycling events
(Telegram & Gazette, 2015)


10 Things to Do
(Telegram & Gazette, 2012)


Picturesque Quabbin ride
(Telegram & Gazette, 2012)


Bicycling magazine selected this ride in 1998 as one of the best in Massachusetts.

The century route goes northwest to Barre, then clockwise around the Quabbin Reservoir. NEW IN 2015: The metric century will go into the Quabbin Reservation for a stunning view of the reservoir. The metric century then retraces to Ware and returns via the Gilbertville covered bridge, with a rest stop in New Braintree. Riders on the longer routes climb within the Quabbin Reservation to the summit tower, then descend and exit over Winsor Dam. The double metric goes into North Amherst, and the 100-miler goes up roller-coaster Route 202 to New Salem. The two long routes converge shortly before the Petersham rest stop, about 26 miles from the finish. All routes are very hilly.

The routes have variations from year to year to adjust for road conditions and just for fun.


GPS  Metric 2018 
(not valid for 2019)


2015 cue sheets 
-- not valid for 2016 or later
  Metric Century
  Double Metric Century

Routes were revised for 2015.
Everything below is about PREVIOUS routes.

Elevation profiles from past routes: Note that the vertical scale exaggerates the hills a bit.
100 miles
125 miles

All three UNOFFICIAL maps are here:


Also UNOFFICIAL for 2014:



Cue sheets from the past







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1995 article
2000 photos
2003 photos
2004 article
2004 photos
2005 photos
2007 photos
2008 Leslie's photos (Winsor Dam)

2009 Pete B's photos

2009 Mike's photos
2009 Karen's photos (Winsor Dam)

2010 photos by Pete B.
More 2010 photos, by Oliver.

2011 photos  
2012 photos

2013 PHOTOS by Pete B.
2013 photos by Oliver
2014 photos by Dick G. & others

(2014) Shirley's blog entry  









Sunday, July 28, 2019

George Street Bike Challenge

See how fast you can pedal up one of Worcester's steepest streets. Presented by Barney's Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association. Details are here.


Entry fee is $20. Open to riders age 12 & up. Register here.


Win a bike! Grand prize in the 2019 George Street raffle is a Diamondback Century Sport road ribke from Barney's Bicycle. 


Click here for links to past results, course records, photos, videos, raffle winners and news coverage.




Lynne Tolman,
and Peter Howard,
508-799-BIKE (2453)



Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016


Major Taylor Century
was back in 2016 as part of
Gran Fondo New England,
with the start/finish in
Thompson, Conn.,
at KMC Cross Fest



Gran Fondo New England
35, 39, 65 or 103 miles
(35 and 65 are completely on paved roads; 39 and 103 are mostly paved, with about 15 percent on hard-packed gravel segments rideable on a road bike) 


Entry fee $75,
with online registration open
until 5 p.m. Sept. 27, 2016.
Day-of-ride registration
 is $20 more.

(scroll way down,
past the races)

Entry fee includes

  ►a T-shirt

  ►a souvenir New Belgium beer glass

  ►and a nourishing post-ride meal

at Thompson Speedway, where you can enjoy UCI pro-level cyclo-cross races and the New England Builders' Ball, all part of the KMC Cross Fest.


A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Major Taylor Association.



WHO WAS MAJOR TAYLOR? Marshall W. “Major” Taylor (1878-1932), who lived in Worcester, was world cycling champion in 1899 and American sprint champion in 1900. Known as “the Worcester whirlwind” and “the colored cyclone,” he was the second black world champion in any sport (the first was bantamweight boxer George Dixon in 1891). More about Major Taylor and the Major Taylor monument in Worcester:



10th Gear / Venture Crew 1010, a group based in Whitinsville and affiliated with the Boy Scouts, coordinated the Major Taylor Century for Seven Hills Wheelmen for 11 years. Proceeds benefited 10th Gear/Venture Crew 1010, Seven Hills Wheelmen, and the Major Taylor Association.

2012-2014 route maps:
The last 23 miles or so of the century and metric were completely different from 2011.
  Century .
     Metric Century .
       Quarter Century .

2011 route maps
Century .
  Metric Century .
    Quarter Century .
Note: We think MapMyRide underestimates the amount of climbing. One rider's GPS logged 3,744 feet of climbing on the metric.

Bob W.'s map & profile on RideWithGPS  for the 2010 century show 6,408 feet of climbing. MapMyRide showed much less.


Todd D. mapped the 2005 route and measured 6,700 feet of climbing. Todd's map & profile




Comments and pictures about previous Major Taylor centuries.




Major Taylor Century


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