So today I did my first century, the 185km route of the Tour de l'Alberta, which was a lie, because it was really actually 192km (119miles) in total. The longest I have ridden before this was 95km, so this was quite a challenge. But on my Trek Valencia, complete with disc brakes, flat bars with regular barrends, four water bottles, and rack and fenders, I managed to finish in just under 8 hours of ride time. Never have I been so sore, nor have I felt this much sense of accomplishment. I will be back for another century when I can someday. I now know why cyclists love them.