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Old 02-22-09, 09:54 PM   #1
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First century of the season

Nothing spectacular. Not amazing climbing, or speed, or weather. Just your everyday rain, light wind, and ~6500' in elevation. (almost half of it contained in the middle 1/3 of the ride.)

101.11 miles
7h 44m 45s

Redmond Ridge to Bainbridge Island and back via the Burke Gilman trail, to ride the Chilly Hilly.

32.5mi out/back
33mi Chilly Hilly w/ 2700' climbing
Worst hills weren't part of Chilly Hilly:
- Marion Ave to 6th Ave coming off the ferry. Hors category pitch for .33mi immediately after a 20min cool-down on the ferry ride from the island.
- Novelty Hill. Sure I do this 2.25mi, 600' climb 4 days a week... but not after 96 miles.

You can check out videos from the ride at My Qik Video Page.
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Wow, that's plenty climbing!
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Congrats! I rode with someone on Saturday who did his first-ever century (I only tagged along for just under 40 miles of his route). I think I still have a full month of riding to do before I would even consider attempting one this year.
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Wow. I think that's great!
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Awesome job, wish i had the opportunity to climb like that.
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Wow, that's plenty climbing!
For a century around here, 5000' is about average. 3500' is considered "not much climbing". Without just doing laps around the velodrome, I can't think of a loop route that wouldn't hit at least 3000'. I guess I'm basing it on the fact that I did a bunch of 7000+ centuries last year.

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Awesome job, wish i had the opportunity to climb like that.
And I wish I could do a flat FLA century ride. The last one I did like that was the Hancock Horizontal Hundred, back in NW Ohio. One hill: A freeway overpass; that's it. It goes through farming country, so it's corn for 2 years, then soybeans for 2 more. Break up the scenery with some cows here and there.
BTW - Awesome job on your 5h 16m rolling finish! Holy Moses that is just scary fast!
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Yeah if you seem my fat arse on the bike it is even scarier. Gravity pulling my gut down on the bike is definately not the most flattering sight.
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