Lake Anna Century Classic

Montpelier, Virginia

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Located in the heart of central Virginia, beautiful Lake Anna was created in 1972 for the purpose of providing cooling water for the North Anna Nuclear Power Station. The region is now a popular outdoor recreational facility for Richmond and northern Virginia residents. The Century Classic offers both an English and metric century around the scenic lake and through the quiet and rolling Piedmont of Spotsylvania, Orange, Louisa, and Hanover counties. Having no mountain climbs, traffic, or anything larger than a village to contend with, this classic is the perfect opportunity to satisfy any cyclist’s century goals. Terrain: Flat to gently rolling. Some long flat sections and some rolling, particularly around the many tributaries and inlets of the lake. Difficulty is due only to the ride’s length. No major climbs.
Road Biking Virginia

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Road Biking Virginia

by Jim Homerosky (Falcon Guides)

Located in the heart of central Virginia, beautiful Lake Anna was created in 1972 for the purpose of providing cooling water for the North Anna Nuclear Power Station. The region is now a popular outdoor recreational facility for Richmond and northern Virginia residents. The Century Classic offers both an English and metric century around the scenic lake and through the quiet and rolling Piedmont of Spotsylvania, Orange, Louisa, and Hanover counties.

Having no mountain climbs, traffic, or anything larger than a village to contend with, this classic is the perfect opportunity to satisfy any cyclist’s century goals. Terrain: Flat to gently rolling. Some long flat sections and some rolling, particularly around the many tributaries and inlets of the lake. Difficulty is due only to the ride’s length. No major climbs.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Montpelier
Distance: 102
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round; best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 700 feet
Local Contacts: Spotsylvania County Visitor Center
Local Maps: DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Anna Century Classic

Recent Trail Reviews

7/3/2009
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Did the metric century, this is a nice ride, not too hilly. The ride down to the state park is about 6 miles RT, and I would really pass on it. There is a small variety store (601 Variety) just past the park.


7/30/2006
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My 26-mile biking trek around Lake Anna was totally enjoyable. It began and ended at Lake Anna State Park. The roads were level for the most part with gently sloping hills that kept things interesting. The route I took crossed Lake Anna four times. It was scenic and worth my Sunday afternoon.


8/30/2004
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The Lake Anna Century offers several mileage options. I rode the 65 mile option twice in training for the Century. The Century is one of the toughest because of the rolling hills. There are very few flat, straight stretches. Sag is unnecessary because of many mom and pop convenience store that service tourists and the locals. Road traffic is very light and 99% of the route has a 45 mph limit. Pavement excellent. Lake Anna Century is an annual event. I rode it with two friends. Unfortunately it turned out to be the hottest day of the summer -- 98 degrees on August 30, 2003. Needed--good lungs, strong legs and a triple ring helpful but not required (we didn't have one). Beautiful scenery dipping in and out of lake views for the middle half of the ride.



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