In two more weeks there is a Century ride in our area that I'm being invited to ride with a group of friends. Problem is, I like a little more time to train for it. As it is I have been training the whole season for hills and fast 30mi rides. Not sure how that translates to a 100mi ride. Today I'll find out where my long distance bones are.
Here is the ride coming up in two weeks. It's most flat with two big hills (not a prob to me), it's easterly in direction that puts a wind behind us and is professionally timed, grouped according to request and selection of ride speed. Pacelines rule the day. I've never ridden as much as 20mi in a paceline and have done centuries by myself pushing headwinds for long segments.
Because it is a flat west-to-east, it attracts semi-pros and wannabe's (I dont say this negatively). There are very fast times in this that make it more the race than a tour. Even the seniors are known to turn in sub-5hr times.