Marin Century

Saturday, Aug 5, 2023
Novato, California, United States
Century, Gran Fondo, Half Century, Metric Century, Show

Want to Ride one of the Top 25 Rides in the World? Then you’ve got to ride the Diamond Jubilee Marin Century this August 5th, 2023.

Take on the west coast’s most scenic and toughest ride, the Marin Century. The setting of the Marin Century is like no other. The ride starts in the beautiful State Park setting of Stafford Lake in Novato. The backdrop continues to inspire as riders navigate to the summit or through the foothills of Mount Tamalpais and the nearby coast of Tomales Bay.

Marin Cyclists have been staging the Marin Century for 60 years and they know how to stage a first-class road cycling event. In 2019, the Marin Century was named one of the Top 25 Best Bike Rides in the World by Outside Magazine.

96% of the riders give the ride 5 Stars and would recommend the Marin Century to their friends. When riders think about riding Marin Century: they think about the beautiful rolling hills and grasslands of West Marin, the meticulously prepared fresh munchies, the serene Stafford Lake State Park setting, and the enthusiastic support of 100’s of volunteers cheering them on.

Additionally, when you complete your challenge, you will be rewarded with a wide selection of fresh hot food and plenty of scrumptious and hardy treats. Then you can relax and rock out to entertaining music, a free beer, and tasty gelato.

Riders are fully supported with coffee and snacks at the start, fully loaded rest stops, on-course marshals, EMTs, mobile SAGs, and BBQ/Burritos/Ice Cream picnic with live music at the finish!

In 2005, due to its growing popularity, the ride collected more in registration fees than was needed to pay the bills. That is when the volunteers decided to use surplus funds to support our community. Since that time the Marin Cyclists have given over $500,000 to local youth, cycling, and other non-profit organizations that serve our community.

The ride dates back to 1963 when a group of hardy Marin County bicyclists attempted the novel idea of organizing a 100-mile bike ride through the hills of Marin County. In its 60-year history, over 50,000 bike riders have enjoyed the scenery, camaraderie, food and challenge of the group rides.

The Marin Century is organized, managed, and run entirely by volunteers.