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    Metric Century

    I did 60.25 miles today is that enough for a metric century?. If it is great if not I still had one heck of great ride in great weather.
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    Call it what you want...it's a good ride for sure. Some centuries are more like 98 miles...so whatever works for you.
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    Just a tad short but so close. Less than two miles .
    Great ride anyway! Way to go.

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    Great accomplishment! 100 kilometers = 62.14 mi. You were very close to a metric century. Did you ride your age?

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    Metric century-ish.
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    I would imagine at least a 3% error in whatever measurement device you used. Therefore, your mileage should read:

    60.25 (+ or - 1.8 miles), or a range of

    58.45 to 62.05

    which would put you in a good probability of a full metric century.

    So, there!!
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    Metric Century Lite, all the pain with fewer kilometers.
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    I have submitted this question to the Higher Authorities.

    The Ruling:

    Yes, you may count it as an official metric.



    My last "attempt" at a metric was supposed to be a 59 miler and I was going to count it.

    Then I got way lost and it ended up being a 68 miler. Fortune favors the bold sometimes.

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    My recent Metric Century measured just over 62 miles on Map My Ride. When I got home my own computer read 65 miles. Nothing's perfect. It's good to have a goal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gtragitt View Post
    Great accomplishment! 100 kilometers = 62.14 mi. You were very close to a metric century. Did you ride your age?
    Next time I Will do 65 miles. Yes rode my age by 3 miles I am 57.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    I would imagine at least a 3% error in whatever measurement device you used. Therefore, your mileage should read:

    60.25 (+ or - 1.8 miles), or a range of

    58.45 to 62.05

    which would put you in a good probability of a full metric century.

    So, there!!

    Thank you DnvrFox I like your thinking.
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    Saturday the ride I did (day 1 of the White Mountain (AZ) Tour) was supposed to be a century, but was in fact 90. I did not ride the extra 10...... (I did averge 16.2 though.... I was satisfied with that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_cyclist View Post
    Saturday the ride I did (day 1 of the White Mountain (AZ) Tour) was supposed to be a century, but was in fact 90. I did not ride the extra 10...... (I did averge 16.2 though.... I was satisfied with that)
    Hope their was some uphill bits in that for such a low speed (16 is my average for a hilly Metric)

    Done plenty of organised Metrics that seemed a bit short but it was listed as 100k so it counted. Also done a few very hard rides in which we got lost and the extra miles counted for the few times where a 100 miler was only 96.

    So next ride plan for a 25 miler- get lost- have to do the 15% slope for a mile and do 30 miles instead. That'll make up for any shortfall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Hope their was some uphill bits in that for such a low speed (16 is my average for a hilly Metric)

    Done plenty of organised Metrics that seemed a bit short but it was listed as 100k so it counted. Also done a few very hard rides in which we got lost and the extra miles counted for the few times where a 100 miler was only 96.

    So next ride plan for a 25 miler- get lost- have to do the 15% slope for a mile and do 30 miles instead. That'll make up for any shortfall.
    That was 90 miles, not 90k. Here is the Saturday ride from mapmyride:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...27898562825524

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    Quote Originally Posted by gash44 View Post
    Next time I Will do 65 miles. Yes rode my age by 3 miles I am 57.
    I think this is a more significant milestone than a metric century. I rode my age Saturday and was 1.14mi short of a metric century. I didn't care about achieving a metric century.

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    Some folks will do a ride with a real average speed of 17.3 mph and embellish and report 18, some will climb a 900 ft hill and embellish and call it 1000ft. So I would think that since you practiced truth in advertising that you can now in all honesty embellish it up to a full metric - but it would be way out of line to continue this progression and call it a full century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    Some folks will do a ride with a real average speed of 17.3 mph and embellish and report 18, some will climb a 900 ft hill and embellish and call it 1000ft. So I would think that since you practiced truth in advertising that you can now in all honesty embellish it up to a full metric - but it would be way out of line to continue this progression and call it a full century.
    Embellishers? Here? Surely you jest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post
    Embellishers? Here? Surely you jest!
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    Several years ago at a Great Eastern Rally in Slippery Rock, PA, our meteric century was cancelled due to rain and potential flooding. Our group retired to a local establishment that had a large selection of brews. We vowed that all our centuries from then on would be liquid, consisting of 100oz. of beer, therfore mileage wasn't that important.

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    and I thought it was embellishing (somewhat) to use the bike computer average speed, rather than calculate the average. the bike computer only uses actual riding time.

    I keep track of both times, using the computer for riding time and my watch for overall time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    Some folks will do a ride with a real average speed of 17.3 mph and embellish and report 18, some will climb a 900 ft hill and embellish and call it 1000ft. So I would think that since you practiced truth in advertising that you can now in all honesty embellish it up to a full metric - but it would be way out of line to continue this progression and call it a full century.
    Jeeze, just because I ride 1000 miles a week while you posers are loafing at the coffee shop..

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_cyclist View Post
    That was 90 miles, not 90k. Here is the Saturday ride from mapmyride:
    Thats what smilies are for. Your 100 mile pace is my Metric pace.

    Many years ago I used to do a 100 miler. If I did it in 12 hours then I had a helping hand up the hills and strong tailwind. Then in 06 we had weather. 12 hours in and we had only done 65 miles. We pulled out as we were not going to finish in daylight and the thought of hauling that bike up one more muddy climb made us see sense.

    Couple of weeks later and we got the 100 mile medallion in the post. This was an unusual ride and various lengths from various start points and we were apparantly the 20 th of the Century riders to get to 65 miles before abandoning. We were not the last to abandon that day either.
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