Gourmet Century



Chris King’s Gourmet Century combines our love of food and cycling in pleasantly challenging group rides accompanied by a full days worth of deliciously crafted food. This year we have chosen three beautiful ride destinations and Gourmet Century Chef Chris DiMinno has partnered each ride with a unique selection of renowned chefs to create a truly delicious experience.





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BEND ROUTE
We invite you to come mountain biking. You will climb, descend, side hill, and flow through some of Bend, OR finest trails. Riders will spend the day exploring pine shaded single track on a route that is devised with multiple route options for up to ~30 miles of riding. This creates an approachable challenge for novice riders while offering enough diversity to keep experienced riders smiling through out.

THE CHEFS
Chef Chris DiMinno has invited chef Scott Ketterman of Crown Paella and chef Jeff McCarthy of Kitchen Cru and Bowery Bagels to create the day’s menu. This power trio has worked together many times in the past and all three are avid mountain bikers so you can expect the rides menu to be a delicious pairing to a beautiful day of mountain biking.

WHAT TO BRING
A mountain bike, these are mountain bike trails and are deserving of a mountain bike. Bring your essential riding gear; shoes, helmet, shorts, etc. The weather should be hot and dry but bring along a windbreaker or light jacket just in case. We recommend that you ride with at least two full water bottles or a full hydration pack and bring the necessary materials needed for common ride mechanicals. Be sure to check the most up to date forecast before packing for the event. Riders should bring a change of clothes for dinner so you can be comfortable and casual during your meal. Onsite showers will not be available. Lodging options can be found at http://bendvacationrentals.com.

BEND EVENT IS SOLD OUT


PORTLAND ROUTE
Riders will begin their day at the Chris King factory for an early meal before heading into Portland’s West Hills on a rolling ~100 kilometer course dotted with two notable climbs that is designed to balance your riding efforts with a progressive selection of French victuals. Each successive meal will build to a delicious feasting crescendo at the Chris King factory. Portland guests will also have the option of taking a tour of the Chris King facility.

THE CHEFS
This year Alex Yoder and the Olympic Provision’s team will be cooking lunch while a formidable team of renowned chefs including Jason French of Ned Ludd, Matt Christianson from Urban Farmer, and Patrick McKee from Paley’s Place will be joining Chris King chefs Chris DiMinno and Robert McSpadden in creating a delicious breakfast and dinner menu based around this year’s French themed ride.

WHAT TO BRING
We recommend that riders bring a capable road or touring bike. The route has two climbing sections where a wide selection of gears will be helpful. Bring your essential riding gear; shoes, helmet, shorts, etc. The weather should be temperate and comfortable but bring along a windbreaker, a light jacket or some arm warmers just in case. Be sure to check the most up to date forecast before packing for the event. We recommend that you ride with at least two full water bottles or a full hydration pack and bring the necessary materials needed for common ride mechanicals. Riders should bring a change of clothes for dinner so you can be comfortable and casual during your meal. Onsite showers will be available for riders at the Chris King factory.

PORTLAND EVENT IS SOLD OUT


SONOMA ROUTE
The Gourmet Century returns to the beautiful terrain of Northern California. Our event starts and ends in the small town of Healdsburg, CA and takes our riders through the storied vineyard covered hills of Sonoma County’s wine country. With the clean light of a Californian autumn as their beacon our riders will cover around ~100 kilometers of quiet back roads, seldom traveled climbs, and picturesque descents while feasting along the way on food made by some of the regions most respected chefs.

THE CHEFS
Chef Chris Cosentino of Boccalone is confirmed and will joining Chris King chef’s Chris DiMinno and Robert McSpadden in creating sumptuous course of meals revolving around a Northern Italian theme. Riders will experience a full days menu designed to perfectly suit a long day of riding through the heartland of California’s wine country. We are excited to be in discussions with a number of notable chefs and should have the details of their involvement worked out in the next couple weeks, stay tuned to this page for details!

WHAT TO BRING
We recommend that riders bring a capable road or touring bike. The route has two climbing sections where a wide selection of gears will be helpful. Bring your essential riding gear; shoes, helmet, shorts, etc. The weather should be temperate and comfortable but bring along a windbreaker, a light jacket or some arm warmers just in case. Be sure to check the most up to date forecast before packing for the event. We recommend that you ride with at least two full water bottles or a full hydration pack and bring the necessary materials needed for common ride mechanicals. Riders should bring a change of clothes for dinner so you can be comfortable and casual during your meal. Onsite showers will not be available.

SONOMA COST = $175