The subject of some recent threads is about distance rides, such as centuries or metric centuries. The average moving speed has been discussed along with riding time while moving. When I calculate my average speed or ride time, it is always from the time I leave until I arrive. The time I am stopped counts against my average speed and event time.
In an attempt to eliminate that lost time at the stops, my riding friend and I decided we would attempt a metric century without ever putting a foot down. We did this late last summer. We found it so interesting we plan to try a few more this year.
The ride was 62 miles. For me it was 63 miles because I took a wrong turn. Just a very silly mistake. Due to this silly mistake we split up after 20 something miles. I rode the last 40 miles solo. It was a hilly course, but no major climbs, just lots of hills.
With 5 or 6 traffic lights I had to come close to a track stand. I cannot track stand, so I was working hard a few times at staying vertical. I found the best solution was to try to time a light by slowing or speeding up long before actually reaching the light.
Water is a problem with this type riding. Since I try to drink four bottles of water on a metric century, I had to carry four bottles. It was heavy in my shirt pockets at the beginning. Also, swapping full bottles from the shirt for empty bottles while at full speed requires better bike handling than I normally can attain, but I got away with it.
My time for 63 miles was 3 hours 9 minutes, which comes out to exactly 20 MPH. I was very happy with that. My friend did not get lost, so he rode 62 miles in exactly 3 hours. He had a good day.
As I said we plan to try not putting a foot down again this year, but only in metric centuries. We cannot carry enough water for a full century.
How far will other forum members ride without putting a foot down?