Over on Bicycling Mag's long distance forum, on CyclingPlus's forum, among the UMCA members, and among the members of Big Dogs ...... cyclists are currently participating in Century-A-Month challenges.
The challenge is as follows:
-- Cyclists must ride at least one imperial century (100 miles or more) each month of the year. One century in January, one in February, one in March ..... etc.
-- Centuries cannot be banked ... cyclists cannot ride two centuries in January and then none in February.
-- Centuries must be completed outside and not on a trainer, but can be on a route of the cyclist's own choosing ... a collection of short loops or long loops, and out and back, or whatever.
-- Centuries can be offically organized rides, or unofficially organized rides ... in other words, a century could be a century the local cycletouring club puts on each year, or could be a century where the cyclist just goes out and rides 100 miles on his/her own.
-- Centuries must be completed within a 24-hour period of time, but as "all-at-once" as possible. 24-hours is permitted to allow for centuries done in exceptionally inclement conditions, such as when it is bitterly cold or if the cyclist is riding through snow (such as the Susitna, for example), but the cyclist should try to complete it with breaks/rest stops that are as short as possible. In other words, slogging through snow for 18 hours with 10 minute breaks every hour to reach the 100 mile point is OK ... but cycling 50 miles in 3 hours, then going home, doing some housework etc., getting a night's sleep, puttering around the yard for 18 hours, and then doing the last 50 miles in 3 hours would not count as a century.
I have completed this challenge twice so far, in 2003 and 2005. I'm currently working on it for this year as well. I've got my November and December centuries to go.
Are any of you currently participating in a Century-A-Month challenge organized by one of the groups I mentioned at the top of this message? If you are not, and if you ride a lot of centuries, or have a desire to maintain your endurance throughout the winter, you might consider this challenging (it is challenging in my part of the world!) little challenge.