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We would like to send out a special thank you to all that participated in the inaugural Columbia Century Challenge.  We would also like to thank all the volunteers, contributing supporters and key sponsors that helped to make it possible.


Join us on an all new bike odyssey through the historic backroads of beautiful Columbia County in NW Oregon – June, 17 2017.


Choose between two loops for an exciting and challenging ride experience!  The Century Plus at 108 mi & 7k feet and the Metric Century Plus at 72 mi & 4k feet.  Conquering the dual challenge of the distance and the climbing will give you a ride to brag about!  The Columbia Century Challenge is definitely not your run-of-the-mill century ride.


Are you in?




REGISTER NOW! (registration is closed)

Event Date:   Saturday June 17, 2017
Course opens:       6 AM and we would encourage those participating in the Century plus to leave no later than 7 AM. and those participating in the Metric Century to leave no later than 9 AM
Start/Finish Line:           Columbia View Park in historic downtown St. Helens. 275 Strand Street Saint Helens OR, 97051
Fee:         Early registration $45

Day of event registration $55

Columbia County features some great, bicycle-friendly backroads, from rolling roads through the old Oregon timberlands to farm roads through the open fields and pastures along the Columbia River, plus the unpaved historic Crown-Zellerbach trail (12 miles of which will be featured on the ride). Add charming rural towns, and you have the perfect backdrop for a fun and epic bike ride that has the potential to become an instant classic!


Organized by a local team of cycling enthusiasts and others committed to the Columbia County communities, the team is committed to ensuring a positive ride experience from start to finish.  You can expect:

  • Rest stops ~ located approximately every 15 miles along both routes
  • Services provided to riders:
    • free off-street parking near start/finish
    • Free coffee in the morning courtesy of Klondike Restaurant and Bar
    • Food/snack items available at the start line and at aid stations along both routes
    • Restroom facilities provided at each aid station
    • fully marked route
    • detailed print and online route maps, (cue-sheet available for download or at the start-line)
    • free mechanical support
    • free SAG wagon support
    • First aid kits available at each aid station



Check out the different route options!



All proceeds will be driven back into Columbia County to strengthen bike friendliness, cycling safety, and access (e.g. infrastructure like bike racks, signage, trail improvements, etc.) with the goal of reaping the well-documented economic benefits of bike tourism and health benefits of local bicycling!  Your participation and support will help ensure this first annual ride sets a great precedent for long-term success!

This ride and the cycling improvements that will be achieved with the proceeds are in honor of Phil Barlow, who planted the seed for this concept and cared passionately about expanding opportunities for bicycling and making Columbia County a bicycling destination.



We need many volunteers to both prepare for the event and on the day of the event to ensure success!  Let us know if you are interested in helping out!

Sponsor the Ride!

We are seeking sponsors, direct and in-kind donations, and other partners.  Let us know if you are interested in partnering!



If you have any other questions, please contact Paul or Richard at info@columbiacentury.com or 971-225-6090