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    I have been wanting to do my first one this year, but I had a scheduling issue on the first one of the year, and then the subsequent ones have been cancelled. The only local one left this year is the Mike Utley 'Thumbs Up' fundraiser ride, but it is $80 to register and then you need a minimum of $250 in donations. That is a bit steep for a first century ride, even though it is for a good cause. I am not really keen on travelling to a ride until I have a couple under my belt and know more about what to expect.

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    Add a double & a half to my previous total.

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    I've done so many I stopped counting years ago! I have a friend who's done at least one century a month for over 12 years in a row now. I just did a double century yesterday!

    Beanz, why 5, then 23 in one year then only 5 since? What happened that one year? Were you on century steroids or something???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeyba View Post
    Beanz, why 5, then 23 in one year then only 5 since? What happened that one year? Were you on century steroids or something???

    I did the first 5 when I was still fairly newb. Rides like Solvang and Amtrak cause friends asked if I wanted to tag along. In 2005, I did the Century a Month Challenge in Bicycling forum. I ende up with 23 cuae they got so easy. I pop one out then go walk the malls shopping. Did The Bear and a few other organized but most with other members like Bigkahuna, SemperFi and a few others. You remember CoolBreeze, I did with those two guys. Most of the others were unorganized centuries with friends.

    After that year, I knew I could pop out a century anytime I wanted so it was no big thrill. I did 60,70 ,80 mile rides with no problem so I knew another 20 was easy. Still, I can just go pop out 60 on 2 bottles of water and a Clifbar. So doing a century just isn't a big thing right now.

    The final 5 are rides Like Breathless Agony and Ride the Bear. I guess pretty much only to prove that I can still do it! I know if I can do those centuries, any other is a piece of cake. I've done Palmsprings only cause a bud would invite me to ride. Done it about 3 times and that's 2 times too many. Same with coolbreeze We did the double metric but I think the century would be a run of the mill century like Palmsprings. I get bored on PalmS type centuries. I'm still trying to figure out why 10,000 riders make a big deal about doing it!

    If I do any centuries in 2010, it will be the 3 centuries for The King of the Mountains series. 3 centuries with 10,000 ft of climbing. If you want to do the series, heck, I'll ride with you!

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    Obviously being a clyde does not mean being fat and out of shape for you guys...geez. I have been riding 9 months and I cannot fathom riding 100 miles in one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gapwedge View Post
    Obviously being a clyde does not mean being fat and out of shape for you guys...geez. I have been riding 9 months and I cannot fathom riding 100 miles in one day.
    One day? More like 5 hours 45 minutes. But that's solo and I don't draft!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    ...If I do any centuries in 2010, it will be the 3 centuries for The King of the Mountains series. 3 centuries with 10,000 ft of climbing. If you want to do the series, heck, I'll ride with you!

    When are they and where are they? I might be interested in hooking up with you on at least one of them. I assume they are Planet Ultra rides?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeyba View Post
    When are they and where are they? I might be interested in hooking up with you on at least one of them. I assume they are Planet Ultra rides?
    Mulholland Challenge, Breathless Agony and Heartbreak Hundred. Yup, Planet Ultra. They go lots of rules. I missed a check in so they penalized me 10 minutes!

    It was the first PU event I rode. I wasn't sure about the rules so after riding 5 miles up Damnation Alley, I realized I missed the check in. That was about 50 miles into the ride. I almost turned back to ride back down to check in. Luckily I saw an official's vehicle and asked. He said I would be penalized but to continue climbing. I guess 10 minutes was worth not having to climb another 5 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    One day? More like 5 hours 45 minutes. But that's solo and I don't draft!
    What can I say Beanz, you are just a machine.
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    I can now add a 200K (127 miles), after completing the Psycho Century event in Illinois yesterday. It required 8 hours of start-to-finished time and seven hours, fifteen minutes of on-the-saddle time.

    And yes, It was very satisfying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    I can now add a 200K (127 miles), after completing the Psycho Century event in Illinois yesterday. It required 8 hours of start-to-finished time and seven hours, fifteen minutes of on-the-saddle time.

    And yes, It was very satisfying.

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    8 hours is still well under the 13h 30m official ACP/RUSA cutoff. My last 200k was 10h 40m, and that was 29m faster than my 200k from the spring!

    I know therer's a lot of people whose goal is to get their century times down to sub-6 or sub-5 (for a few) but that's one of the specific points that I'm bringing up at my meeting with the Seattle Tour de Cure organizers today: Their cutoffs were too short for the century. It's a charity ride; not everyone is there to tear out a 6h 30m century. Those of us who finished between 7h and 8h were made to feel as though we held up everyone's day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    8 hours is still well under the 13h 30m official ACP/RUSA cutoff. My last 200k was 10h 40m, and that was 29m faster than my 200k from the spring!

    I know therer's a lot of people whose goal is to get their century times down to sub-6 or sub-5 (for a few) but that's one of the specific points that I'm bringing up at my meeting with the Seattle Tour de Cure organizers today: Their cutoffs were too short for the century. It's a charity ride; not everyone is there to tear out a 6h 30m century. Those of us who finished between 7h and 8h were made to feel as though we held up everyone's day.
    I should have said that my ride time required 8 hours of start-to-finished time and seven hours, fifteen minutes of on-the-saddle time. The event provided 10 hours to complete the 200k, if you left at 6:30am. Registration opened at 6:00am. We left at 7:30am after driving almost 2 hours to get to the event. We needed to complete in 9 hours.

    They were closing the SAG stations and sweeping the route just behind us.

    I agree that that's not much time. Our 100 mile time was 5 hours and 30 minutes of saddle time, about 6 hours elapesed time. We passed two groups of tri-athletes on TT bikes and I'm sure they didn't do the whole 200K. That's a very fast pace and if we had had any issues, we would not have completed.

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    I have completed 1 century, and 1 double century over two days.

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