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Old 03-02-10, 03:24 PM   #1
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Your Fastest Century?

CLYDES ONLY!!!!!! I know some of you will have some supefast times, and some not so superfast, let's have them! Solo or group?

My best flat century is 5:45 ride time and 6:05 total. That' solo, no drafting. I rarely draft anyone. I migh be able to do better if I rode with a couple of evenly matched riders in a group.

My best climbing century (10,000 ft) was 7:05 ride time and 7:40 total time (timed event). Still no drafting!

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I completed a 200k (127 miles) in 7.25 hours saddle time. Add 40 minutes for four sag stops.

That's a 17.5 mph rate, I completed the 100 miles portion in 5 hours, 25 minutes.
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I completed a 200k (127 miles) in 7.25 hours saddle time. Add 40 minutes for four sag stops.

That's a 17.5 mph rate, I completed the 100 miles portion in 5 hours, 25 minutes.
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Just one riding partner. We came across other riders and drafted in small groups about 20% of the distance. We don't draft each other, no real benefit in drafting one person @ 18 mph.

The ride was 90% flat, it followed the Illinois River from Coal City to Oglevy and back.
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115 miles 4:45 (ride time, no stops) pancake flat with a fair amount of drafting. My fastest 200 was 9:50, no drafting, around 12,000ft of climbing and a pretty strong tailwind.

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Last September (2009), I completed the Sunrise Century in Tennessee. Exactly 100-miles with about 2,000-ft of elevation gain. I finished in 4:05. Group effort up until 18-miles to go when I fell off the back of the group I was with. They finished in 3:47, about 1-minute per mile faster than me, which wasn't bad considering I pretty much hit the wall, and had a flat 4-miles after getting dropped.

I regularly do El Tour de Tucson (Arizona), it's pretty much my end-of-season target these past 3 years. It's 109-miles with about 3,500-ft of elevation gain. I've finished in 4:59 (2007), 5:12 (2008), and 4:50 (2009).

Oh, these times are total, not just in-saddle.
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Fastest was the Hancock Horizontal Hundred, around 15 years ago. I was still a Clyde, just barely, at 203-ish for my triathlon race weight.
Hooked on with a group doing a double rotation paceline: 3 tandems rotating pulls in front of about 15 singles behind them. We pulled a 04:50 total, with 2 stops. It was phracking insane, and I'll probably never do that again.

In recent history, I did my January 200k in 08:29 total. No idea what my on/off bike times were, but that's a 14.9mph average so it puts my 100 mile pace at around 06:40 total. That's on a solo RUSA Permanent, meaning I had no ride partners, no route markers (just a cue sheet), no ride support, it was 35 degrees when I started, and I had to stop at 5 designated controls to collect a store receipt and a signature/timestamp on my brevet card. I did, however, pick the easiest Permanent my club has, which is less than 2500' of total climbing for the entire 200k route.
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Fastest ever was 4h55min on a fairly flat coarse, with drafting. There was 5 of us together and at times we hung on to faster groups for as long as we could. I will admit I was completely spent at the end of that ride, 32.5km/h average. Fastest solo is maybe 5:45 not really sure on that one. Did 210km last year with one other rider and we did it in 7h43m. I will say that just one other rider makes a huge difference even if they are not right at your level. If you do it right with lots of rotation say stronger rider out front for 4 minutes, weaker out for 1 minute you will really improve time. If they are at your same level do the rotation every 2 minutes and the k's will click by in a hurry.
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I will say that just one other rider makes a huge difference even if they are not right at your level. If you do it right with lots of rotation say stronger rider out front for 4 minutes, weaker out for 1 minute you will really improve time.
I'd like to try but I have a hard time finding riders that cooperate. I've been invited to do training for rides for an organized event that we plan to ride TOGETHER. But I will end up doing 40 mile pulls then when I ask the other rider to go to the front, he'll sprint around! By the time I catch up, usually 2 or 3 mintues, the dude is spent and it's my turn again!

Last time I tried to trained with a dude for an event, he drafted me for 59.5 miles, then sprinted around and dropped me on the final 1/2 mile...some riders don't get it.

My undertanding is that sometimes you have to ease up half a step to let the dude recover if you are "riding together", especially if he just got done pulling 40 miles.

One parnter I had was a really good rider (SemperFi, Homey may know the guy). He knew how to ride together but he vanished from the forums. Good partners are hard to find!
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5:31 100 miles group riding. Saddle time only.
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6 Hours total, right about 5:15 saddle. Two riders, we drafted each other sometimes but mostly rode along next to each other and talked.
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I'd like to try but I have a hard time finding riders that cooperate. I've been invited to do training for rides for an organized event that we plan to ride TOGETHER. But I will end up doing 40 mile pulls then when I ask the other rider to go to the front, he'll sprint around! By the time I catch up, usually 2 or 3 mintues, the dude is spent and it's my turn again!

Last time I tried to trained with a dude for an event, he drafted me for 59.5 miles, then sprinted around and dropped me on the final 1/2 mile...some riders don't get it.

My undertanding is that sometimes you have to ease up half a step to let the dude recover if you are "riding together", especially if he just got done pulling 40 miles.

One parnter I had was a really good rider (SemperFi, Homey may know the guy). He knew how to ride together but he vanished from the forums. Good partners are hard to find!
Yep...just gotta find the right peeps and circumstance. :shrug:

I'd be happy to ride with ya, but, of course, it depends on my training objective for the day. Some days I go hard, some easy (really easy), some intervals... you get the idea. Even when I do Montrose Ride, I have objectives (sit in the pack, work at the front, hammer up Branford Hill or spin up it, break-away, contest the sprint, etc...).
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4:24 no stops, it was 1989 out of Champaign, Illinois (flat like plywood), on a steel bike with friction shifting!!...... the wind actually shifted during the ride and was behind us (group of 8 or so) almost the whole time. I was 24 years old and weighed 170lbs.

I haven't done a timed century since.... does this count?? guess I was a clyde by height only.. was 6'4" ish then too.
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..One parnter I had was a really good rider (SemperFi, Homey may know the guy). He knew how to ride together but he vanished from the forums. Good partners are hard to find!
I remember him, we did a few rides together. He's good to draft because he's a very steady rider. His speed doesn't fluctuate a lot. I haven't seen or heard from him in quite a while. Wonder what he's up to?
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2009 Hotter N Hell @ Wichita Falls , Tx. I completed the 100 in 5:03 total time. No hills and I pacelined about half the ride.. I had made "emeritius" again in early June and was about 187 for this ride.

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On actual centuries, about 9 hours, but haven't done one on the new bike. On the new bike, I've hit the 100 mile mark of a 200k in under 8 hours on a couple of rides. Fairly flat rides at that, with tailwind going out, headwind coming back. On the most recent one, I think I averaged 15.2 mph computer speed for the whole 130 miles.
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I remember him, we did a few rides together. He's good to draft because he's a very steady rider. His speed doesn't fluctuate a lot. I haven't seen or heard from him in quite a while. Wonder what he's up to?
Yup, that's was the good thing about Larry. Even if you did a 10 mile pull, he'd take the front, make sure you were there before he continued the pace.

I know some guys that are about my pace but they accelerate then slow, fat then slow!..Being on their wheel is like doing doing inetervals!
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5:40 minutes was my fastest century to date, ride time with one partner.
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Did the hilly 100mile Round Taupo Challenge here in New Zealand in 4:49 last year. I've asked them to include a Clydesdale and Athena category this year

Also did the Round Taranaki Challenge - which is 95 miles and a bit flatter - managed to hang on to the weight weenies in the lead group and stop the clock in 3:55.

Did both rides weighing in at 275lbs
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Poway Century last October.

6:02 or so ride time, about 6:30 total time. With drafting any chance I got. There was about 5,000 ft of climbing IIRC. Not super fast, but I was happy with it.
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Wow I feel really slow... fastest century was 6hr. 50 minutes (total not riding time I never know ride time since I generally just check my watch before than after I finish). I thought I was flying. Got a late start and finished early. Haven't got close since. Now I'm usually around 8 1/2 hours. I do like to enjoy myself! I did do the Sierra Fall Century out of Mammoth in 8:20 or so which I thought was good for a hilly ride. I was actually in shape (i.e. a shape other than round) then!

Slowest century - Cool Breeze 4 years ago - did the ride with 3 newbies... by gosh it took forever. They didn't grasp the concept of "get in get out" of the sag stops. Over 11 hours!!!!! That's a long time to be out on a bike !
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Wow I feel really slow... fastest century was 6hr. 50 minutes (total not riding time I never know ride time since I generally just check my watch before than after I finish). I thought I was flying. Got a late start and finished early. Haven't got close since. Now I'm usually around 8 1/2 hours. I do like to enjoy myself! I did do the Sierra Fall Century out of Mammoth in 8:20 or so which I thought was good for a hilly ride. I was actually in shape (i.e. a shape other than round) then!

Slowest century - Cool Breeze 4 years ago - did the ride with 3 newbies... by gosh it took forever. They didn't grasp the concept of "get in get out" of the sag stops. Over 11 hours!!!!! That's a long time to be out on a bike !
I've had my longest time and shortest time (on a climbing route) on the Assault on Mt. Mitchell (100-miles, 10,000+ feet). In 1988, I finished in 11:30. I was wearing hi-top sneakers and clips & straps. Then, in 2008, I returned and finished in 8:45. So I can definitely identify with you on the 11 hours=long time.

I also did the High Sierra Fall Century out of Mammoth 2 years ago. Man! I found out that altitude & I don't mix very well. Very hard. (I can't remember my time.)
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I'd like to try but I have a hard time finding riders that cooperate. I've been invited to do training for rides for an organized event that we plan to ride TOGETHER. But I will end up doing 40 mile pulls then when I ask the other rider to go to the front, he'll sprint around! By the time I catch up, usually 2 or 3 mintues, the dude is spent and it's my turn again!

Last time I tried to trained with a dude for an event, he drafted me for 59.5 miles, then sprinted around and dropped me on the final 1/2 mile...some riders don't get it.

My undertanding is that sometimes you have to ease up half a step to let the dude recover if you are "riding together", especially if he just got done pulling 40 miles.

One parnter I had was a really good rider (SemperFi, Homey may know the guy). He knew how to ride together but he vanished from the forums. Good partners are hard to find!
With most guys I ride with we just use a simple elbow flick and the guy behind knows it's time to pull,as the guy is going by they should start pulling in when their hips are in line with your bars. You just ease up on pedals and as they slide in front it's break time! Now for real fun a rotating double paceline is a blast especially if there are like 10-20 equal riders you can really crank it up as you are only out front for about 30 seconds. I've seen us hitting in the 50-60km/h range as you are always just at threshold but never too far over.
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What about athenas???? Best was 15MPH AVG and very proud!
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