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    Honolulu Century Ride

    I'm thinking of visiting family and checking this off my bucket list; what do I need to know about this ride? It's too bad they can't close off a lane and send it over the Ko'olaus, but I suppose that would be inviting endless lawsuits if the ride goes pear-shaped.

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    I'll be there =)
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    I'll be sitting this one out as I'll be off island on that day. I usually do it, if only to stand up or at least sit up and be counted. What you need to know is that a lot of the riders are families, Japanese tourists etc on their first group ride, so it's crowded and a little chaotic near the start. After that pretty mellow and if you want to see a lot of folks on bikes on Oahu this is as good as it gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pobble.808 View Post
    ... What you need to know is that a lot of the riders are families, Japanese tourists etc on their first group ride, so it's crowded and a little chaotic near the start. ...
    Ah, just like riding on the MUP! OK, I think that's the cue to go with the flow and give a wide berth.

    I rode the Tour de Tucson one year and I passed a woman shoulder to shoulder, which I thought was pretty normal, given the circumstances...until I heard this shriek in my right ear. Yikes, scratch that ride off the list!

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    Actually they have a staggered start, with the folks who signed up to ride 100 or 75 leaving first, which reduces the chance that they'll have to mix it up with the more casual types.

    A true story: On one Century Ride about ten years ago I was taking a break at the rest station at Sandy Beach and this lady with a camera walks up and asks if she can take my photo. I say okay and she clicks away. End of story, I thought -- but the next spring my spies in Tokyo started reporting that my face, along with photos of some other riders, was appearing on Japan Airlines ads plastered all over the subway!! My fifteen minutes of fame, I guess...

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    I completed all 98.7 miles of the ride today along with an extra 5 miles getting to and from the event so I can say I did over 100 miles. Did it on my ~27lb Trek 7.4fx hybrid commuter bike. It was 7 solid hours of pedaling with an hour worth total of breaks in there. It was my first big century (did a metric century 6-7 month ago).

    Here is my Strava track: http://www.strava.com/activities/85899123

    It was a lot of fun but the last 20 miles were pretty grueling.
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    Nicely done, robble! I was in about the same boat (timewise) as you. Started in group B, which was about right. The promenade down Kalanianaole Hwy was pretty nice with HPD holding traffic. Actually coming back the other was kinda nice with the tailwind, but it sure made it kinda hot on the return leg. My impression of this ride is that it's a good way to see the island, well, half of it, anyway, it has scenic beauty unmatched by most other rides, the support is fantastic, the volunteers are fantastic, the riders are, generally, on the same page, but, the food is crap, IMO. I got to experience both legs locking up *at the same time* on Mokapu(?) hill in Kailua, which has never happened on any rides I've been on up to now. On the mainland, typical ride fare consists of (among many variations) salted boiled red potatoes, PB&J sandwiches, turkey/ham sandwiches, cookies, SALTED pretzels, assortment of fruits, potato salad, GATORADE, pasta dinner at the end....you know, stuff that'll sit in your stomach for a while and helps replace the salt you sweat out? I saw a lot of people off to the side of the road or at The Bus stops just kinda chilling and I was wondering if they were just bushed or working off their cramps, too.

    So, to any HBL people reading this thread, would it kill you to revamp your menu a little bit and spend some of that ride money on real food that actually helps make the ride more enjoyable for the people doing it? C'mon, ya gotta at least have spam musubis...

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    Kinda agree with the food and especially the sport drink. The drink they had this time was better than the one at the Haleiwa Metric though. Wish they would buck up for Gatorade. The donuts were great for some quick energy - too bad they ran out on the return trip. I think I near bonked coming back up the backside of heartbreak hill to Hawaii Kai. It's was like all of a sudden my legs had no energy left and i was moving about 4mph in 1st gear up that gradual hill.. I pulled off to the side and sat in the shade about 10 minutes drinking and chewing on a cliffs bar before continuing. Lucky there was the 20 mile aid station not too many miles further along. After that station I had recouped enough to pick the pace back up.

    Lol - strangely enough I think spam musubis would be a great food for the ride. full of carbs and salt. Perhaps I'll pack some my next long ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robble View Post
    Kinda agree with the food and especially the sport drink. The drink they had this time was better than the one at the Haleiwa Metric though. Wish they would buck up for Gatorade. The donuts were great for some quick energy - too bad they ran out on the return trip. I think I near bonked coming back up the backside of heartbreak hill to Hawaii Kai. It's was like all of a sudden my legs had no energy left and i was moving about 4mph in 1st gear up that gradual hill.. I pulled off to the side and sat in the shade about 10 minutes drinking and chewing on a cliffs bar before continuing. Lucky there was the 20 mile aid station not too many miles further along. After that station I had recouped enough to pick the pace back up.

    Lol - strangely enough I think spam musubis would be a great food for the ride. full of carbs and salt. Perhaps I'll pack some my next long ride.
    I brought 4 musubis with me and still started cramping around the 50 mile mark. the rest of the ride was no fun, but still managed to finish. I dont think it was dehyration either as I was killing 2 24oz. bottles every 25 miles plus whatever I was drinking at the stops. It was nice to meet all the different types that at the ride though. I need to brush up on my japanese for next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raudi View Post
    I brought 4 musubis with me and still started cramping around the 50 mile mark. the rest of the ride was no fun, but still managed to finish. I dont think it was dehyration either as I was killing 2 24oz. bottles every 25 miles plus whatever I was drinking at the stops. It was nice to meet all the different types that at the ride though. I need to brush up on my japanese for next year.
    Raudi, 'sorry, I didn't mean to imply that spam musubis were going to mitigate cramps, only that we're in Hawaii, and other than pineapples, and shave ice, and maybe guava, there wasn't a whole lot of eats at these rest stops that scream, well, Hawaii. It just seemed like a poorly planned diet for a ride like this is all I'm saying.

    If you'd like to not have cramps on this ride (and who wouldn't?), bring along salt tablets and/or electrolyte replacement tabs/drinks. I was doing fine with Gatorade 2 until I drank the last of it at Swanzy. Unfortunately I didn't bring any salt tablets or similar products because I thought the drink selection was going to be better than it was on the ride.

    Also, if you get bad cramps in the future, try just getting off the bike and walking for a little bit. It doesn't have to be far and it doesn't have to be fast, just get off the bike and use some other muscles for a few minutes, then slowly get back into it.

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