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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-19-09, 12:06 PM   #1
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First century attempt - 100 Miles of Nowhere

Saturday I'll be doing my first century attempt. I'm new to cycling (or at least been a long time since I've been riding regularly). I loved to ride when I was a kid, but got serious into American Football and bulked up to 300 pounds by the end of high school. I played through university, keeping my size on and now, at 28, I need to shed the once useful but now useless extra weight. I started at 290 in January and am down to 255 this morning.

So, this Saturday I'll be riding the Fatcyclist.com 100 Miles of Nowhere, a charity ride that is intended to be done on rollers, an indoor trainer or an extremely short and boring course outside. Fatcyclist has managed to raise $20,000 for LAF with this event. I'm living in the Middle East so will be doing a flat, hot and sandy 100 miles on an access road at a race course here in Qatar. The road is about 1 mile with a roundabout on either end, so I'll have to do about 50 laps. I'm planning on starting at 3:00 AM to avoid as much heat as possible, shouldn't be a problem as the whole street is lit, we cycle there all the time after dark.

Any advice and encouragement is welcome and if you want to donate to the cause, go here.
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Old 05-19-09, 12:10 PM   #2
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Ride 10 miles take a short break.
Do it ten times.
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Old 05-19-09, 12:51 PM   #3
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A couple friends of mine are doing this, and I'm considering it, too. (I've got another century on Monday, though.)
They were going to do 800 laps at the local Velodrome, but the Velo crew wasn't keen on that idea. There's a 1 mile loop around my 'hood, with minimal elevation (maybe 25') and I might do that. Friends are thinking about going out to the hangar where his plane is kept and doing laps there.

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Old 05-20-09, 02:06 AM   #4
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Thanks Clifton. Good luck on your century(ies) as well. This one definitely strikes me just for the sheer silliness and insanity of the idea. It's been fun to hear other peoples' plans for it and the pictures and ride reports should be entertaining from around the world.
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I thought you were nuts until you mentioned your locale

Enjoy yourself, and congratulations on getting back into shape!
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Ride 10 miles take a short break.
Do it ten times.

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