I successfully completed a century (almost 102 miles) on my trek sawyer. Most of the ride was on gravel and much of that was washboarded. I made better time than I expected (8 hours and 20 minutes on the bike).
I did my first century last July on the same bike, but on a mostly flat MUP. It was part of my training for today's ride. I did that one in just under 6 hours. The gravel and hills added quite a bit to the challenge and fun. In some ways, today's ride seemed shorter.
Thanks to what I learned on the first one (water is very important!) and lots of training (36mile round trip commuting to work) this ride went better than I had hoped. While I'm tired and cramping a bit, I managed to finish strong. Last year, I did a metric century without enough training and, while I finished, I certainly did not finish strong.