The main century route option for QCC 2022 features about 4200 feet of climbing – Springfield is in the Ozarks, after all! For those who would like to get in the miles but aren’t quite ready for so many hills this early in the season, we offer a flatter century option with significantly fewer hills. Riders can also turn around at any point to get varied ride lengths in.
Note that Springfield is still in the Ozarks. There will still be hills. However, you save between 1200 and 1700 feet of climbing over 100 miles, compared with the main QCC Century loop.
On the QCC route page you will see the Flat Century option. In order to save on hills and while using QCC Rest Stops, each of those routes involved riding multiple laps on the (relatively few!) flat sections of the route in order to reach 100 miles.
Scenic and historic features
Both routes are loaded with scenic and historic places and features. Check the route maps for many points of interest along the way. And don’t forget to read up on the history of the Frisco Highline Railroad and the Leaky Roof Railroad, which you’ll be seeing along the way.
SAG Stops and support
The route features four rest stops where you can rest, relax, and enjoy snacks, drinks, and restrooms. It also includes two water stops, with water and limited snacks available.
The routes make double-use of most SAG stops, so that we have SAG stops every 8-16 miles along the entire course.
Note that most stops are fully stocked SAGs with volunteers, plenty of food, water, Gatorade powder, and restrooms. A few stops–marked on your maps a “Water Stops”–are more basic with water, a few snacks on hand, and no restrooms available. Check your map for details.
We will have roving SAG drivers on the course at all times. If you have mechanical trouble or need a pick-up for any reason, just call.
Whether you enjoy a short flat, ride or long road ride on beautiful country roads, Queen City Century has it for you!
Many thanks to local riders who have spent many hours evaluating potential QCC routes and giving feedback and suggestions.