The Peninsula Metric Century celebrates its 31st anniversary and its place as one of the South Sound’s oldest bike rides June 1. The ride, founded and run by the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club, offers participants fully supported routes ranging from 29 to 100 miles. Participants can start in Southworth or Tacoma. It also offers timed Gran Fondo (100 miles) and Fondo (65) routes. In a Gran Fondo cyclists are timed, however the event is not considered a race. The Tacoma start area is new this year, replacing the former Gig Harbor start.
The course opens at 7 a.m.
Where: In Tacoma the starting location is the Tacoma Narrows Park and Ride, 7201 Sixth Ave. In Southworth, the start is at the ferry terminal.
Directions: For the Tacoma Narrows Park and Ride, take the Jackson Ave. Exit on Highway 16 then head south on Jackson. Turn east on 6th Avenue and continue to the park and ride. For the Southworth start, take either the ferry from Vashon Island or Fauntleroy or follow State Route 16 to Sedgwick Road, then drive east to the ferry terminal.
Cost: $40, $35 for TWBC members, $70 for the Fondo, $80 for the Gran Fondo. Proceeds from the event go to the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and local bicycle safety and education programs. Extra food from the event is donated to local food banks. There are 44-, 62- and 100-mile routes leaving from Tacoma. The Southworth start offers 29-, 62- and 100-mile routes.
For more information visit twbc.org.