Join us May 11, 2013 on a great ride, the Group Health Inland Empire Century (IEC). Routes skirt the Columbia and Yakima rivers - through parks and over bridges - and return to the traditional route in the Horse Heaven Hills. Ride options are from an easy 25 miles to challenging 50, 75 or 100 mile tours. All routes showcase the scenic beauty of the lower Yakima/Columbia River valley with its vineyards, wheat fields and fruit orchards.
See Sample Map and Elevation Profile.
From Richland you will cross the Columbia River to Pasco and then back across to Kennewick, following the river west toward West Richland. The shorter ride loops back to Richland, while other rides go on to Benton City. The 50 mile ride comes back along the Yakima River to Richland. The 75 and 100 mile rides climb a rebuilt Webber Canyon Road to the green rolling wheat fields of the Horse Heaven Hills. Before descending out of the wheat fields above Prosser you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire lower Yakima River valley. The route then travels westward to the outskirts of Prosser and back. You return via the Old Inland Empire Highway to Benton City and join the 50 mile route back to Richland. The route to Prosser and the Old Inland Empire Highway are surrounded by vineyards and fields of hops and fruit trees.
Celebrate a fine ride at the Finish Line party at the Shilo Inn.
Ride the rivers and wheat fields of Eastern Washington
All riders must wear an ANSI, Snell or CPSC-approved bicycling helmet while riding the Inland Empire Century.
Plan to bring your family and friends and spend a few days enjoying our fine weather, shopping, scenery, and dozens of wineries. For information about accommodations see the hotel listing.
There are more than 50 wineries close to the Tri-Cities. Many are on the IEC routes.
For Visitors to the Tri-Cities:
ONLINE Registration is now open. Go to
or see Registration page.
This is a fully supported century with food, rest stops, route map, and sag wagon.