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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!
    14,000 miles and rolling...

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    Awesome job, wish i had the opportunity to climb like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by jesspal View Post
    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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