A club I started riding with in September, is going to ride an informal century event on Sunday. The participants will maintain a pace-line and are seeking to ride the distance with one stop to refill bottles. The object is to finish the century as quickly as possible with an average speed above 20 mph.
I have done a century in less than 6 hours saddle time without a paceline. My normal solo fitness rides are about 40 miles long and I average 18 mph. Even with a pace-line, I doubt if I can maintain 22 mph for more than 10 miles.
It’s a 10 mile loop to be repeated. A shortcut exist, cutting the loop in two half’s. Riders that are dropped can rejoin the group by taking the shortcut.
Most, but not all, of this small group is younger & faster than me. Should I see if I can do this?