Let's do a Century
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
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Rode my first Double Century in a couple years yesterday
Not like other doubles but it was an Organized event. 3 mile loop on City streets coned off just for cyclists. Started riding around 8 pm and rode through the night. Very humid even for the Carolina's. 1200 riders to start but thankfully numbers steadily dwindled after dark. No one was out on the streets riding after midnight. My legs felt tired from last week's 415 miles on Tour de Wyoming plus a hard 40 miler on Tuesday night----probably some dehydration as well. I seemed to hit my groove about 3 am and well after my first 100 miles and a couple Dr Peppers. I had also changed cycling clothes and gloves and that was a really nice lift---everything was just soaked with the humidity. Plus my first pair of shorts were annoyingly rubbing me in the crotch area the last hour or so.
I was solo, hardly anyone else out, evening noises from the crickets, etc. I got "bored" at about 150 miles, my typical mind games and other normal motivational incentives just didn't seem to be kicking in so stopped and took some time off the bike. Talked to some others were still up. Hit the food tent, etc. Eventually restarted.
At 186 miles my Garmin battery died. I had it such that the screen would light up when prompted so I'm sure that killed it earlier than normal. Less than a mile later my rear shifter cable broke.....so I had either a 50/12 or a 34/12 to ride with. There are a couple smaller hills on the loop (enough for 6900 ft of climbing over 200 miles) so just "stood and danced" through those for the last 5 laps as best I could.
Most of the mileage was solo although I was able to ride some wheels at times....maybe 10-15% of the time. I averaged around 19 mph so my riding time was a little over 10 1/2 hours. I was hoping to average around 20 mph but I just wasn't able to generate enough sustained speed the first 100 miles. I'm pretty sure I had to be the first person to hit 200 miles----no one was passing me for hours and hours. I had the legs to do more but with the shifter cable issue that sealed the deal for me.
I used a light & motion 550 for the first half of the ride and then a light & motion 700 for the remaining time. Everyone commented about how good those lights were if anyone is interested. They are lightweight, cigar shaped and do a nice job. Output is around 600-700 lumens. I'm a little concerned that the 550 didn't last longer but I might have had it on full brightness instead of a step or two lower.
I used my Pinarello Prince and it sure was a terrific ride for the 200 miles. No complaints what so ever When I got back on it after doing the 400+ miles in Wyoming it just felt like the perfect fit and ride. By the way, my Cervelo arrived back within 4 business days as Fed Ex had promised. It's all cleaned up and put back together and ready for the next hilly ride. I even put a new chain on it. The old chain measured fine but after 5000+ miles I figured I'd give a new one a go. My wife had received several breakable gifts so I put them in the bike box along with my bike and other stuff I didn't want to put on the plane. One was a bottle of home made pickles which managed to leak on the return trip. Now my box has a nice vinegar smell to it, which offset the smelly clothing I'd shipped back!!!
When I got back to my car to head home the car battery was dead. Gee whiz.......After about an hour of talking to organizers, maintenance personnel, etc. a fellow rider taking time from riding got me jumped started and I was able to get back home.
Ride your Ride!!
Last edited by jppe; 07-27-14 at 08:58 AM.