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We received over 900 rider surveys from the 2013 Marin Century.  Here are just a few of the 1000's of comments:

  • The best food at rest stops. Hands down. I thought I had experienced well-supported rides, but this was fantastic. Course marshals everywhere to help, friendly volunteers, amazing food, healthy options, wide variety. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
  • It was great - there was everything and more! I couldn't even eat all of what was offered. The Tomales Bakery focaccia bread and cheese at the second (Petaluma) rest stop were fantastic. Maybe have those at the 1st and 3rd (Nicasio) stop, too?
  • No problems at all; you guys had the best rest stop food ever! The local offerings from bakeries in the area of each of the two or three rest stop that had them were fantastic -- chocolate croissants in Point Reyes and the focaccia at Valley Ford. And please keep the brie!
  • I thought the food selection was fantastic! Loved the focaccia  bread (raisin and rosemary) and the cheese twists and cinnamon twists. I heard from Tomales bakery, outstanding! I would have liked a protein option (chicken, turkey) sandwich. Loved the fresh, ripe fruit.
  • Course safety was the best I've seen on an organized ride - the ride cyclists and motorcyclists were also great.
  • Love having CHP on Lucas Valley Rd. Also surprised to see them later on the Mt Tam route. Very nice.
  • You did a great job here. I probably felt safest on this ride of any I did this year. Loved the lane closures.
  • This is the best marked (arrows) and most safely marked (signs, cones, etc) route I've ever ridden.  I appreciate the volunteers directing us at confusing or possibly dangerous intersections.  Kudos on getting the roads closed at crucial spots!
  • I every time I needed something someone was there be it course marshals, CHP, ect. The best was the Scram sag car.   Its was great to have a help for your bike along the road when you’re not sure if you could make it to the next rest stop and hope there is a bike mechanic booth.
  • I must say, that it was one of the best organized rides we have done.  We do 1-3 per year.  We loved the route, thought it was very safe, food and drink was good.  Overall excellent.
  • For me this is the Gold Standard on how organized bike rides should be run. I love the fact that the ride caters to all classes of riders and the rest stops are always well stocked.
  • ABSOLUTELY awesome event. Better than any marathon, IronMan or event I have ever seen. I was so impressed from beginning to end.
  • I crashed last year and was sagged from the Petaluma Stop.  This year I completed the century.  You guys run an excellent event.  Although I live in Southern California, this date works perfectly for me and I plan to participate each year.
  • Excellent! So excellent! I wish all century rides were like this one, and VERY well priced. Bravo.
  • This was the toughest ride I have ever done, but the event was very well supported, signage was excellent, food was plentiful and appetizing, and the volunteers were great.
  • Absolutely wonderful event. Wonderfully organized, great start/finish/expo area, great rest stops, post ride food was great. Chocolate croissants from Bovine Bakery at the Pt. Reyes Station rest stop were fantastic! The volunteers were all amazing, those at the Pt. Reyes Station rest stop were absolutely amazing! (e.g. "Can I park your bike for you?", "Fill your water bottle for you?",etc.). Thank you so very much for putting on a spectacular event!
  • The Marin Century is by far the best thought out century ride I have ever experience.  You really have your act together and are constantly trying to improve.
  • The Mt Tam route is beautiful, and the roads are in fantastic condition.  Staff & volunteers are so friendly; the produce selection (pluots, cherries, strawberries, nectarines, and figs!!) was fantastic, as were the brie cheese & crackers.  This is my favorite bay area event.
  • The Marin Century seems to get better each year. I always look forward to it. Every year I meet lots of new people/make new friends on this ride because people are very sociable. Riders also look out for each other. volunteers, SAG, CHP and others do an excellent job making this event a success. I live in Modesto and every February I wait for e-mail showing opening of this event. I sign up the same day. I make every effort to make this ride. I have a very understanding boss when it comes to this ride.
  • I know this survey is looking for improvements, but this is seriously the best organized / run cycling event I do every year. I look forward to it.
  • You did a great job, we ride tons of organized rides, this was great. A thank you to all.
  • The ride is extremely well organized, and well thought out - thanks to all of the volunteers and everyone that put thought and effort into this! All of the hard work really shows.
  • Broke a derailleur cable 38 miles out, and received excellent assistance from course marshal Sean, and SAG driver Chris. This was my first bicycle rally, and I couldn't feel more supported, from start to finish.  I'll definitely be back.
  • Your volunteers were simply hands down the best I have ever seen in an event like this. Kudos to you all for wonderful spirit, thoughtfulness, and the joy that was palpable. I needed 1st aid treatment at Walker Creek (icing of foot neuroma) and they could not have been more professional and kind. Truly well done!
  • Honestly, I can't think of anything that wasn't done really well.  I appreciate your efforts to make it better.  I've done my share of centuries over the years.  This one is the best, most sophisticated and most well run.  I waited in NO LINES anywhere, which is staggering given the number of riders.  If you improved NOTHING over this year, I would be most satisfied.  Thank you for all the care and attention for us riders.  In my opinion, you are the "Gold Standard".
  • The volunteers were amazing - energetic, fun and friendly. I know it is a very long day for them so THANK YOU.  The ride itself (pre, during, post) was awesome. Very well organized!  SAG cars were everywhere!  they came by within minutes of me stopping (I was ok each time) but it was nice to know they were there.  Great jersey design too. Could have done without the backside of Wilson Hill, though. ;).

  • Hands down the best run, best organized and best marked event I have ever done and I ride all around the country.
  • I will say the post ride food was awesome and the volunteers as well!
  • Great job!  I usually ride 5 century rides a year in CA or CO and this one was fantastic!  Mostly because of the chocolate croissants and Chipotle burritos!
  • Are you kidding?!  The food was phenomenal!  I rode 200 miles and put on 3 pounds. Chipotle burritos are awesome riding food.
  • As always the rest stops were fantastic. Well run, plenty of food & rest rooms. The live music on Valley Ford and Walker Creek was awesome!
  • The rest stop food was pretty awesome -- there was all the "regular" goodies: Red Vines, chips, cookies, bagels, etc. But, I mean brie and jam? Nice. Steaming hot red potatoes? Yum. Fresh, warm focaccia in Petaluma? Fuhgetaboutit. Still full from the rest stop food. I think that you did really well balancing between 'real' food and 'fuel' food, too. There were bars and gu and such, but there was also a great deal of really good, obviously homemade things that are so much better for me during a ride. My body doesn't like the processed 'fuel' food very much, so it's always great to see things like that platter of focaccia.
  • Awesome Century!  Very well organized!
  • Best I've seen in a long time.  Closing roads on early morning climbs was fantastic.
  • Concierge service for registration was fantastic.
  • Everything was fantastic - great variety, and even found something I will purchase for my home (V8 fruit juices - yum!).
  • Everything was very well organized.  It was excellent
  • Food at the end was AWESOME!
  • Food selection was awesome - Best I have ever encountered.  
  • Food was outstanding
  • Good selections.  The chocolate croissants at Pt Reyes Station were AWESOME!
  • Great ride, very well-organized.
  • Honestly, I was very impressed with how organized the event was.
  • I had a great time and really was impressed by how well organized and supported it was and appreciate all the volunteers
  • I have nothing to add, you all did a fantastic job!  I come to ride my bike on beautiful rides, the support and the food is extra.  You all went above and beyond to make me as comfortable as possible.  It was a very well supported ride from start to the long finish.  Thank you very much!
  • I thought it was all very well organized, the food was well needed after the ride and it was all very good. Particularly the burrito.
  • I was amazed at how well this was organized the road closures were at the most appropriate places.
  • It really makes a difference to have a ride with organizers and volunteers who are mostly cyclists or interested in cycling vs the Chamber of Commerce
  • It was all fantastic.  I especially liked how the volunteers enforced use of the utensils to pick up fruit, etc. instead of our bare hands.
  • Marne century as always was very nicely organized. Thank you and appreciate the work done by all the volunteers.
  • No suggestions.  The escorts were fantastic/appreciated.  The warnings about the speed in turns at top of Big Rock important.
  • Post ride food was fantastic, easily the best I've had after a ride.   I didn't partake in the pre ride food, so I can't comment
  • Post-Ride food was the best I have ever had.  Hats off to the organizers for the bountiful offerings and quick lines.  The food was so good that it almost made up for the Gatorade on the course.
  • Registration was fantastic - very well organized.
  • Rest stop food was great- food mix was fantastic!!!!!!
  • Rest stops were all very well organized!
  • Seriously?  You're offering brie now.  How much more can we ask for? Ok. This year the Tam route was cold, and I thought there was supposed to be coffee at the second stop.  I assume it ran out early due to high demand.  But you had hot water for tea and hot chocolate, so that was awesome.
  • Signage and support was fantastic.
  • Signage was outstanding, same for overall road coverage.
  • Thanks, you've done an outstanding job!
  • The band at Walker Creek was awesome.
  • The closures are awesome.  I was pretty happy, and I've not seen anything as nice on other rides.
  • The food is outstanding, esp vs. other organised rides
  • The food was fantastic, no complaints. Best rest stops in any ride I've ever done.
  • The food was great all the way around.  I enjoyed some oat bars, banana & PB sandwiches and cheesey bread (asiago bread? it was awesome).
  • The Petaluma rest stop is the best (and I told them), and has been every year. I don't even know why, maybe it is just because it is the first one? Location and food selection is fantastic. And of course the "hosts". Everyone very excited and cheery, lots of chats and laughing.
  • The police presence on highway 1 (from lunch to Coleman Valley) was fantastic!  It's much appreciated.
  • You guys were great!! I saw signs for weeks in advance around the course. Considering how heavily trafficked that area can be (especially on summer weekends) I was duly impressed by how the organizers (YOU!) mitigated the hazards.   I just hope we didn't piss off too many of the locals :)
  • The rest stops were fantastic.  People friendly, food and drink plentiful.
  • The SRAM guy was fantastic!   He fixed my flat in 2 mins and gave me a spare tube to boo.
  • The Thai Basil chips at Walker Creek Ranch were awesome.  Also, the brie on the bagels at Valley Ford was perfect.  I am a "savory" person (vs. sweet) so I enjoy something that was NOT PB&J.  Thank you!!
  • This has always been one of the best organized and supported rides.
  • This was my first organized ride.  The communications, trail markers, route information was excellent.
  • valet registration is awesome - thank you!
  • Was fantastic to see the number of signs, Course Marshalls, CHP on roads, etc. compared to 4 years ago
  • Well staffed and organized. Congratulations. Again, would like some food that is packaged and can be carried with rider and eaten while riding.
  • You did a fantastic job with diversity of food choices! Is it possible to improve? I kinda doubt it.
  • You did great - the strawberries and cherries were awesome, and the bagels and muffins were great too!  It would have been nice to allow the century riders access to Cytomax or Hammer drinks as we ran out of what we brought....
  • You did safety fantastic.  Rare to find much police support and almost unheard of to have even a few road closures for a local recreational ride.



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