Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Centurion rides

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Suburbia, Ontario
    My Bikes
    Specialized FSR
    Posts
    882
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Centurion rides

    Hi fellow commuters:

    I have been invited to participate in a 80km (50mi) ride in September
    I'm wondering, what do people find interesting about being in these
    types of rides. I see cycling as a way to get from point A to point B.
    I'm confused as to why people join these. I know there is a forum
    for this but I want to get the point of view of the commuter

    cheers
    My fleet!!!
    '10 Pashley Roadster Sovereign
    '08 Marin Fairfax
    '07 Specialized FSR XC COMP
    '89 winter beater - with brooks saddle

  2. #2
    Clyde that Rides Aeneas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    My Bikes
    2008 Jamis Aurora,1988 Specialized Hardrock, 1980? Kuwahara Carrera
    Posts
    311
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fellowship, sightseeing, fun, challenge.
    While most of my riding is A-->B then B-->A I find it enjoyable to ride in areas I don't normally frequent, meet new people and of course stretch my legs/ test my abilities beyond my standard commute.

  3. #3
    Riding like its 1990 thenomad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    IE, SoCal
    Posts
    3,628
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Adventure. Try it, you may like it or you may hate it. Either way you have a story to tell later on.
    My blog about rides, bikes and builds: ridesgoneby.blogspot.com

  4. #4
    Gears? CliftonGK1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    My Bikes
    '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2009 Spesh Singlecross, 2011 RM Flow1
    Posts
    11,322
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For me, it's the challenge.

    I'm currently working my way through two series of long distance rides: The R-12 Award is earned by riding a 200km (or longer) randonneuring event for 12 consecutive months. This can be a challenge for many reasons... The logistics of dedicating a weekend every month when you have job and family obligations, or (as is the case usually) the weather. Some areas it gets gnarly hot in the summer, for me, it's the bitter cold in the winter. Finding a route without snow on it is often a difficulty, and I've ridden many a 200k in the snow, starting before the sun is up and finishing after it's long been dark again.
    The other one I'm working on is the Super Randonneur, which is a 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km event all in one year.
    For me, riding isn't just about getting from one place to another physically; it's about reaching a new mental level. You learn a lot about yourself by spending 12 hours alone riding in snow and freezing cold rain, or pushing yourself for 24 (or more) straight hours. Few people understand what those keychain sized trinkets of accomplishment we earn really mean to us.
    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
    - Mandi M.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    2,445
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm a road cyclist, and also commute. I enjoy doing group rides because I get to meet new people. I also get to challenge myself and compete with other riders. I also like that I'm probably getting faster as a result of doing more ride that push me.

    On group ride I do because I love the atmosphere. We'll go ride 35 miles, and during that ride we'll sometimes pick up the pace to see who we can drop. We'll regroup at a stop and ride again. Afterwards we'll sit around, have a few beers, and talk.

    Doing an organized event ride is fun because of the number of cyclists on the road. You get to meet people who all have the same goal of riding x amount of miles to the finish.

  6. #6
    LCI #1853
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Scott. Arkansas
    My Bikes
    Trek Madone 5.2, Fisher Caliber 29er, Orbea Onix
    Posts
    666
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As others have mentioned, there's a social aspect to cycling where it's simply fun to get out and ride whatever distance with like-minded others.

    If you're strictly concerned with just biking from A to B, or B back to A, then I do it for the fitness and endurance, knowing that I can indeed reliably and consistently bike from A to B where the distance between the two place is a hundred miles or more, not just down to the office or the coffee shop and back.

    And for what it's worth, a 100-mile ride is called a "century," not a centurion.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    8,434
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by macteacher View Post
    I see cycling as a way to get from point A to point B.
    I'm confused as to why people join these.
    Your life must be rather bleak!!

    Many people cycle because it is fun in itself.

    Many people hike (ie, walk without the utility of getting from A to B) too!

    (You really must be confused by runners, dancers, roller bladers, etc.)

    While there is no reason you should need to enjoy doing such a thing, it is surprising that you can't imagine why other people could, especially given the overwhelming evidence that people do enjoy such activities.

  8. #8
    Senior Member groovestew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Edmonton, AB
    My Bikes
    2012 Surly Disc Trucker custom build, 2009 Kona Jake the Snake, 198? Bianchi road bike, 2012 Scott OTG-20
    Posts
    1,263
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I love cycling, and commuting is just another way for me to get on the bike. I get a lot of enjoyment out of recreational rides outside of commuting, social or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pscyclepath View Post
    And for what it's worth, a 100-mile ride is called a "century," not a centurion.
    ...except that his ride is 50 miles, not 100.

  9. #9
    It's true, man.
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    North Texas
    My Bikes
    Cannondale T1000, Inbred SS 29er, Supercaliber 29er, Crescent Mark XX, Burley Rumba Tandem
    Posts
    2,726
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    maybe we're discussing a 50-mile criterion ride?

  10. #10
    Senior Member groovestew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Edmonton, AB
    My Bikes
    2012 Surly Disc Trucker custom build, 2009 Kona Jake the Snake, 198? Bianchi road bike, 2012 Scott OTG-20
    Posts
    1,263
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Or maybe everyone has to dress up.

  11. #11
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    40,162
    Mentioned
    28 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centurion ..
    Leading a part of the Roman army, a group about 80 strong ?


  12. #12
    Older than dirt CCrew's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Winchester, VA
    My Bikes
    Too darn many.. latest count is 11
    Posts
    5,345
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by macteacher View Post
    I have been invited to participate in a 80km (50mi) ride in September
    I'm wondering, what do people find interesting about being in these
    types of rides.
    That's 6 miles shorter than my commute every day

  13. #13
    Senior Member wolfchild's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario canada
    My Bikes
    I have 3 singlespeed/fixed gear bikes
    Posts
    2,217
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For me it's all about: challenge, fittness, endurance, seeing places. My longest distance to date is 186km in one day.

  14. #14
    Gears? CliftonGK1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    My Bikes
    '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2009 Spesh Singlecross, 2011 RM Flow1
    Posts
    11,322
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Pscyclepath View Post
    And for what it's worth, a 100-mile ride is called a "century," not a centurion.
    For additional what it's worth, I was surprised to find out it's a common error. I recently wrote an article for Bicycle Smile blog (shameless plug) and found Centurian (sic) as an edit on my original title. I think it's just a mistaken logic jump: 100 miles = Century ride; Century rider = Centurion.
    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
    - Mandi M.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •