My nephew talked me into this ride, but he didn't have to twist my arm very hard because my goal in this my first season on a bike was to ride a century.
This ride is in Findlay Ohio and advertised as one of the flattest centuries in the US hence the name. Advertised elevation gain was 684 feet, but it turned out it was about double what was advertised. Still very flat, for which I'm grateful. Since this ride is 3 hours from home we drove up the night before and stayed in a hotel.
The stupid alarm clock went off at 5:30 and after showers and breakfast we hit the road almost 30 minutes before the official start. Within 10 miles we were freight trained by a group of 15 or so riders which included two tandems. LOL
We were treated to a spectacular sunrise and a few spits of rain from some spotty clouds. It turned out that it was a chilly start at 55 degrees and I was grateful for the UA long sleeve compression shirt I had decided to throw on under my jersey at the last minute. I wore it all day and was quite comfortable. At the 27 mile rest stop I ate some fruit, and refilled my water bottle.
When I got back on the bike the first thing I noticed was the wind and mentioned something to my nephew. He laughed and said it had been blowing steady since we started, but that I hadn't noticed because I was fresh. I resigned my self to my fate and pedaled onto the lunch stop at the 50 mile mark.
After lunch came a long headwind section which really zapped me. At the 72 mile rest stop I ate more fruit and a doughnut and refilled my bottles. At about the 80 mile mark both of use started to struggle a bit, but we made it to the 85 mile mark where there was another rest stop. After more fruit and another doughnut, I really wanted to just lay down in the grass and go to sleep, but we soldiered on knowing that the end was near. The end was the sweetest with folks lining the route and ringing the obligatory cow bells.
This was no doubt the most fun I've ever had on a bike, with tons of conversations with total strangers bonding over a similar experience.
Moving time was 6:31 with a 15.3mph average. Our total time was 7:55. Here is a link to my nephews data, which I'm claiming since we were stuck to each other like glue. I only have Strava for the iphone, and knew my battery wouldn't last for the whole ride, so I didn't bother. Any way my first century is in the books. I survived it and I'm looking forward to the next one.
My nephew (on right) and I (on left) after the ride.