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Old 01-03-06, 09:51 PM   #1
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What's the fastest anyone's ever completed a Century in?

What's the fastest speed (or time) that a century has ever been completed in (and by whom)?

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Old 01-03-06, 10:50 PM   #2
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It's dependant on the course really.

A new record was set for the 160km Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge (http://www.cyclechallenge.org.nz) last year being 3:46, about 13 minutes faster than the previous record. It was also a new record of 4:08 for the women's event. This is a fairly hilly course so I doubt it's the fastest century ever.
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Old 01-03-06, 11:01 PM   #3
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Check the RTTC in the UK. They have 100 mile records going back to the year dot.
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Old 01-03-06, 11:12 PM   #4
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Check the RTTC in the UK. They have 100 mile records going back to the year dot.
Thanks! Are those UK only records, or world records for any federation?
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Probably UK only, but I'd expect that it will be a good starting point. Those pommies ride 50 and 100 mile TT's nearly all year!

EDIT - Here is the competition record for 100mile from the RTTC website ( http://www.rttc.org.uk/ ).
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The website is a bit fiddly to navigate, but all the competition records are listed.

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100 miles @ 30 mph = 3:20

That happens in the pro ranks sometimes.
Hell, the Worlds RR in Zolder in 2003 was just short of 30mph avg and that was about 150-160 miles.

Personally, I've been in 100+ mile RR's that were well under 4 hours, but don't usually care what the time was. Racing is about efforts and recovery.

Never have I gone for a time at a century ride though. That takes all the fun out of doing it. Piggin' out at sag stops. Socializing with friends. Etc...

Best way to ride a century = ride 20 miles mod-hard, stop at sag for 20',
ride 20 miles mod-hard, stop at sag for 20',
repeat 3 more times
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The big difference between road racing and straight century is drafting, peloton, etc. A solo century under 4 hours is very good, a 4 hour 100 mile road race not so much...
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Not upright bikes obviously, but fast none the less...

http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/raci.../Sub4-2003.htm
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The big difference between road racing and straight century is drafting, peloton, etc. A solo century under 4 hours is very good, a 4 hour 100 mile road race not so much...
Yeah, solo centuries are boring though. You gotta make it a social event with lots of partying! I think it would be fun to do it on one of those 4-man bikes with a keg on board!
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The big difference between road racing and straight century is drafting, peloton, etc. A solo century under 4 hours is very good, a 4 hour 100 mile road race not so much...
Well it depends. If you were going 15 mph for the first 1 1/2, and still do it in 4 hours....
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Thanks for all the great info guys!
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