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    Total 200

    Saw this listed and sort of actually thinking about it for 2011.
    http://www.total200.com/

    What is sort of cool is my brother lives right off the road about 10 miles from the end(halfway mark) so if I were to bail I could at the 100 mile mark at his house.
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    That looks like a real challenge. 200 miles & 10K' of climbing. I would consider 100 miles and 10K climb a real challenge. It's a great goal and one that you will need to train for which in itself is a good thing.
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    Yeah I know it seems pretty daunting for sure. To be honest I do not think I could pull it off.
    The 10,00 feet of elevation may seem a lot but I know the roads and it is a little here and a little there and all adds up. There is no big climb anywhere on the route. A lot of rolling terrain. I guess the the effect would still be a lot of wear and tear on the legs though.
    I am just not too sure of the speed they want you to maintain, seems a bit too fast for me. All though if being in a group/paceline would help which I am sure it would, just maybe. I know I can do the first half no problem, it is the return.
    Oh and where is ends is not the best neighborhood either. Not a good place to be coming in alone at night but I believe they would have picked me up before dark anyway.
    I dunno, sounds pretty cool to be honest.
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    Wow, I never heard of this ride before. I would have liked to try it. I'll keep it in mind for next year for sure.
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    Interesting. Sent an email to put me on the list for information on next years ride.

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    Looking at the elevation profile, I seriously doubt it has even 5K' of climbing in the 200 miles. However, it's 200 miles! and in July heat! It won't be an easy ride and will be a tough challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    Wow, I never heard of this ride before. I would have liked to try it. I'll keep it in mind for next year for sure.
    Neither had I until I was looking here one night http://www.ohbike.org/ and under "events" I saw it.
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    Total 200 - the worst ride ever, skip it

    Total 200 - the worst ride ever, skip it -
    www. total200. com

    Avid century rider in MD here. Doing 5 centuries this year, regular PPTC rider.

    Summary: Total 200- the worst ride I have ever paid for, will never do this again, do not trust their good marketing.

    Bad points

    Organization
    o Poorly marked route, got lost twice (pack of ~30 riders)
    o Bad choice of roads, lots of traffic
    o Finisher medal- used cog, WTF

    Food
    o Pizza at the end, cold, they ran out
    o Not enough cold water
    o Rest stops poorly stocked

    Good points
    Flat route you can go fast, we clocked 5h 5 mins on the century.

    I provided this feedback to organizers in person and via online survey. Never heard back. I hope to save others this pain.

    Regards,

    Rodrigo
    Mendoza 99 at gmail dot com

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    Looking at the elevation profile, I seriously doubt it has even 5K' of climbing in the 200 miles. However, it's 200 miles! and in July heat! It won't be an easy ride and will be a tough challenge.
    I mapped it out on Ridewithgps and it came out to 8800 feet. Allowing for inevitable inaccuracy, it's probably around 10,000 feet in real life. Looks like a lot of going down bluffs and then climbing back up. That'd make a good 2-day ride, but when I get to 100 miles it's time quit for the day!

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    For me, the opportunity to bail has always been a problem. After 100 miles its pretty easy to talk yourself out of continuing, but if there is no good option ya just keep on going.
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    Oh Dear God, it is a ZOMBIE thread, run away, run away.
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    They've got at least a dozen of these with even more elevation gain throughout the season in California (plus a few more with less than 10,000' of climbing). Finish any three and you have accomplished a California Triple Crown, and you are entitled to wear a nice Cali bear flag jersey (looks a lot like their state championship jersey, in fact). I did my first Cali TC this season: Davis (8,000'), Borrego Springs (15,600'), and Knoxville (12-15,000' depending on who measured it). But I thought I'd make it more of a challenge and did all three on the fixed gear. So they're not that difficult, as long as you're resigned to starting and finishing in the dark.

    But the support for these rides has been uniformly excellent. In fact, for Knoxville, held at the end of September, temps got up to the 90's F and they had extra water stations put in. At the end we had two different kinds of pasta (in alfredo & marinara sauce) and grilled chicken breast, and all sorts of sodas and juices to drink.

    I think the Californians have got the double century pretty well down pat.

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