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Old 07-12-09, 06:08 PM   #1
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Not C&V but is bike riding related.

Seeing how I hang out on here at C&V more than anywhere else, I thought that I would share with you guys and gals that today I did my first ever "Century Ride".

My local bike club does an annual event and I had done the "Metric Century" last year and decided to go for the full 100 miles this time. I did the first half of the ride as part of a group from my Monday night ride and the second half I did solo. The others in the group were doing the Metric Century.

I averaged a 4:16 per mile rate over the entire somewhat hilly and breezy course.

100 miles is a long way on a bike.
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Old 07-12-09, 06:26 PM   #2
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Well done. Congrats!
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Congrats, it was a bit breezy today in MI. I did a solo 60, over a bumpy, hilly course.

It was a gorgeous day, though, apart from the wind, which seems to blow in my face no matter which direction I ride!

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Seeing how I hang out on here at C&V more than anywhere else, I thought that I would share with you guys and gals that today I did my first ever "Century Ride".

My local bike club does an annual event and I had done the "Metric Century" last year and decided to go for the full 100 miles this time. I did the first half of the ride as part of a group from my Monday night ride and the second half I did solo. The others in the group were doing the Metric Century.

I averaged a 4:16 per mile rate over the entire somewhat hilly and breezy course.

100 miles is a long way on a bike.
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Great job. Next time try it on a C&V bike. I did my second century on a 1989 Pinarello and am planning to do the next one on my 1974 Hetchins. Unfortunately, injuries have delayed those plans.
I got a lot of positive feedback from the other participants about the Pinarello.
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apart from the wind, which seems to blow in my face no matter which direction I ride!
Isn't that the truth...I swear sometimes the wind is having good sport with me.

Congrats to the op...You're a braver man than I. I'll bet you were worn out after that.
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Great job. Next time try it on a C&V bike. I did my second century on a 1989 Pinarello and am planning to do the next one on my 1974 Hetchins. Unfortunately, injuries have delayed those plans.
I got a lot of positive feedback from the other participants about the Pinarello.
I did my first and so far only century on a 1984 Miyata, but it was when the bike was only 2 years old. Does it still count as a C&V ride?
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I did my first and so far only century on a 1984 Miyata, but it was when the bike was only 2 years old. Does it still count as a C&V ride?
I have the question, having done the Los Angeles Wheelmen double in June 1972, 15 months after buying my Nishiki. Of course, if I were to do a century today, it would be on a vintage bike -- I keep thinking Capo #1 would be ideal for a similar long ride, with flats and rolling hills, but no steep climbs.
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Great job. Next time try it on a C&V bike. I did my second century on a 1989 Pinarello and am planning to do the next one on my 1974 Hetchins. Unfortunately, injuries have delayed those plans.
I got a lot of positive feedback from the other participants about the Pinarello.
What did he do it on, I didn't see where he mentioned the bike? I'm hoping to do my first in late august. I went on a metric century group ride yesterday on my '84 Bianchi Limited. Rode great and think I bent the B-17 to mein will! stopped for a little break on the way back as the sag wagon was helping another rider with a flat. It left anf not 100 yards done the road I got a "punc-cha". Good thing my brother was there with a presta pump as the pump I grabbed before we left was set up for a schrader valve. And I was mildly rebuked for not having a helmet. I usually don't wear one but I brought it along because i figured there would be some legal rule, but my brother who always wears a helmet forgot his, so I loaned it to him. Anyway it was a pretty day and I learned some useful lessons about organization. How much harder is the Imperial century? Any training tips for success? For me that extra 38 miles would probably mean another 2 and a half to three hours.
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Seeing how I hang out on here at C&V more than anywhere else, I thought that I would share with you guys and gals that today I did my first ever "Century Ride".

I averaged a 4:16 per mile rate over the entire somewhat hilly and breezy course.

100 miles is a long way on a bike.
Yep, it is, and you have time to sightsee, suffer, be consistent, lose confidence, gain confidence, talk with people, and just generally spend a good day out there. Not an easy day, but a good day. And you really get to know your bike. Congratulations on a "marker" ride.
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What did he do it on, I didn't see where he mentioned the bike? I'm hoping to do my first in late august. I went on a metric century group ride yesterday on my '84 Bianchi Limited. Rode great and think I bent the B-17 to mein will! stopped for a little break on the way back as the sag wagon was helping another rider with a flat. It left anf not 100 yards done the road I got a "punc-cha". Good thing my brother was there with a presta pump as the pump I grabbed before we left was set up for a schrader valve. And I was mildly rebuked for not having a helmet. I usually don't wear one but I brought it along because i figured there would be some legal rule, but my brother who always wears a helmet forgot his, so I loaned it to him. Anyway it was a pretty day and I learned some useful lessons about organization. How much harder is the Imperial century? Any training tips for success? For me that extra 38 miles would probably mean another 2 and a half to three hours.
IMHO, a metric century feel like less than half of a full 100-miler. When I hit the halfway point on a metric century (provided I don't get lost and add miles), I feel pretty good and the second half feels fine.

To me, the "halfway" point on a 100-miler is about 65-70 miles in. You're no longer fresh, you've already been tired, got a second wind, have needed and taken liquids and food, and you still have 30 miles to go. My touring friends take it in stride, I have yet to feel that way.

As someone who's run many marathons, a 50-miler, and an 80-miler, give me the ride any day. Those runners are nuts.
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What did he do it on, I didn't see where he mentioned the bike?
I did the Century on my Cannondale Synapse Alloy. It is simply a great bike.


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I saw places in the area I'd never seen before. And I rode on roads I didn't even know existed. You are quite correct on the confidence end, too. It really ebbs and flows throughout the day.

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Oh man, you hit the nail on the head. We had various SAG stations along the way but at the 67 mile point I was really starting to feel it. I had to grind out those last 35 miles.

I almost forgot to add that I did see a couple of C&V bikes out on the road today. One was a semi-modernized blue Trek from the mid 80's that was all Dura-Ace equipped. The other was a green Masi Gran Criterium. Very nice bikes.

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Congrats, I've only done a few myself, the last couple on my Guerciotti, albeit updated with 8s Ergo. I find the wall at about ~75 miles/4 hours saddle time. Particularly pitiful for those last 15. Hopefully that will change.
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How much harder is the Imperial century? Any training tips for success? For me that extra 38 miles would probably mean another 2 and a half to three hours.
I generally think of a Metric as being a fun ride. The last 38 miles can be painful, depending on the conditions. But that is what makes it rewarding. If it was easy, onyone could do it.
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Great job! I did the MS150 (75 per day) in Mid Michigan..I decided to NOT take the century route...

Kudos to you!!!!!!!!!!!
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I haven't ridden a century in a long while and hope to later this summer, but I have been doing 60 mile/100K rides pretty regularly, including one with no stops (when I got hungry, I ate while on the bike). That kind of regular riding makes my 30-mile route feel like a snack. That's a good thing.

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Congratulations on the ride. The longest I've been so far was 87 miles from where I live in Kalamazoo to South Haven and back. The last 10 miles just about killed me. It was a ton of fun though.
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Congratulations on the ride. The longest I've been so far was 87 miles from where I live in Kalamazoo to South Haven and back. The last 10 miles just about killed me. It was a ton of fun though.
It's down hill from KZ to SH. But it is uphill coming home.
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