Mt Shasta Summit Century is 100 miles, 10,500'
The Death Ride is 129 miles, 15,000'
Mt Shasta Super Century is 135 miles, 16,100', I did 16 miles less and had 2962' less climbing
"As slight chance of showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorm after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Light northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%."
Wonderful, so now would take my good rain jacket and stuff it in on my brevet bag on the rack my steel bike, so adding 4-5 lbs in bike weight and 6 lbs in supply weight--+10 lbs, not the greatest way to climb. And rain jacket or not, with no support and my propensity for getting lost, a thunderstorm is the last thing I'd need.
The Mt. Shasta Summit Century/ Super Century DOESN'T climb to the top of 14,162' Mt. Shasta--as there is a little problem of NO ROAD on Mt. Shasta after 7730'. The official rides involves 3-4 climbs; 3 of 13-15 miles and 1 of 7 miles. The Mt. Shasta climb goes to 7730' and the other two longest climbs get over 6,500'. (Note-The base of the climbs are at 3036'-3360', so while the three long climbs are about 20% longer, they all have about the same elevation gain as the 11 mile Mt Diablo climb which goes up to 3,849', but which starts at around 300')
On the Official Century the climb of Mt. Shasta is last. I reversed the order and made it first a I didn't want to miss it if afternoon thunderstorms curtailed my ride, and with it being closest to the start I wouldn't be wasting time looking at maps/ getting lost first thing in the morning. I could also loop by my car and grab more food, drink etc. coming off Mt. Shasta before heading to the Park Creek climb which was far to the Northwest, and the Barr Road and short Castle Lake climbs to the Southwest.
Overall the ride is GREAT--THE NICEST ROADS I'VE SEEN ON A CENTURY ROUTE. It combined the pine forests of the old Sierra Century and the snow cap scenery of the Eastern Sierra Double. Climbing Mt. Shasta is like climbing Haleakala, little traveled wide roads with views of the peak and town far below around every turn. Park Creek and Barr Road, with well paved narrow roads surrounded by waterfalls, creeks and great views reminded me of the climbs on the Grizzly, and the Ebbetts/ Blue Lakes Road climbs in the Death Ride.
Only negative-National Forests have NO WATER!!! (I should have stuffed snow in my waterbottle.) Luckily I have a 3rd water bottle cage on my GT Bike and after a camper gave me extra water near the top of Mt. Shasta I had 3 bottles with me for the rest of the day.
It did drizzle a few times, I rode looking for things to take pictures of and I stopped to take 100+ photos. No one else out so I could ride at a real sightseeing pace. Near the end of the route I did get lost, low on water, and was worried about running out of time before it got dark--so I skipped the last 7 mile climb to Castle Lake. An hour later I kicked myself when back at the motel it was still very light out--but then a thunderstorm suddenly hit and a 50% chance I would have been caught up in it if I had done the last climb.If my wife drove we'd have made Mt. Shasta City in 4 hours. But I loop every town with a "historic business district" sign, which made the drive up 7-8 hours. Some like Woodland were worth stopping for.
And some, like Williams, are just good to get gas in, but another interesting town was Red Bluff with a domed memorial in the middle of town.
Near Redding, 65 miles away, you can spot the snow capped giant, Mt. Shasta.
But first I need to stop off in Redding to see the Sundial Bridge, a pedestrian cable stay bridge that cost 23 million. It crossed the Sacramento River, which may have the most interesting NON-auto bridges in the world, specifically the Old Iron Bridge in Folsom and the replica of the Golden Gate Bridge by CSU-Sacramento. The cancelled trip to New York was to include a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, which I had never done, so this was a small consolation prize.
Climb 2-Park Creek Road. Officially this is the 1st climb on the Super Summit Century, along Park Creek Road to the Summit, 6868'. It is northeast of Mt Shasta, starting close to Weed, and its a 13 mile dragout to the base of the climb (Stewart Springs Road). Stewart Springs Road involves 4 miles of climbing and Park Creek involves 9 more. The whole climb totals 13.3 miles and 3838' of elevation gain, so about 5.5%--again real steady, no real steep pitches (or sudden downhills except for turn from Stewart Springs Road to Park Creek Road.) I did this whole climb.
The Stewart Springs climb reminded me of the Pine Forests of the old Plymouth Sierra Century. I was supposed to turn right before Stewart Mineral Springs but it looked interesting and the road kept going up through it so (shhhhh! got lost) took a detour through the Mineral Springs for 1/4 mile until the road turned to gravel and I realized I missed a turn.
Eventually something new appeared--creeks and waterfalls were all over the place.
Climb 3-Barr Rd to Mumbo Summit, 6520'. This is climb #2 of the official ride. The long Barr Road climb and the 7 mile Castle Lake climb (climb #3 of official ride) are next to each other Southwest of Mt. Shasta. Barr Road is 14.9 miles and involves 3270' of elevation gain, so about 4.2%--a little less for most of the climb whereas for the last few miles the grade kicks up a notch. I did 13 miles of Barr Road, with about a 2853' elevation gain, taking a wrong fork in the road near the top. And I fully skipped the short Castle Lake Climb which is 7.1 miles with a 2200' elevation gain, making it around a 5.9% graded climb.
Barr Road eventually has a fiercely running stream running alongside/ under the road--the sound of rushing water was constant--waterfalls also appeared.
The road forked, and I took the side going up--in retrospect I should have gone right on a downhill that continued a few miles from where my road dead ended at a pond. It was now 6:00 and had done three of the longest climbs on the ride--though truncated them a bit by snow or getting lost. Of course no drinking water at the pond.