Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Rochester MN
Bikes: Raleigh Port Townsend, Schwinn World Traveler converted to a frankenbike three speed, Bianci Roadmaster,
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Observations on my first century
Last weekend I completed my first century ride, the Minnesota Ironman run out of Lakeville MN. Temp was in the mid 50s, with scattered showers and a nice stiff northeast breeze. The first 50 miles were easy; had a tailwind most of the time. the last 50 were rough. We turned and were either quartering the wind or riding into it.
The last rest stop at mile 80 was littered with riders that looked like they had had enough and medics were looking at a couple of them. Probably for dehydration. The organizers must have planed for a lot of drops at this point because there were two school buses tat I saw being used as sag wagons.
The last 20 miles took me about three hours. Partly because there were about 10 miles that were mostly climbing directly into the wind. Total time was about 9 3/4 hours.
One thing that bugged me on the ride were the groups riding pacelines. I don't mind them not announcing their presence. But I would really like more than 9 - 12 inches of clearance when they pass me. Especially since the wind was strong enough that when they passed me and blocked the wind I ended up swerving from the sudden change in the wind.
Now I just need to decide if I'm going to do the 200k brevet this weekend. I really want to but the extra 30 miles and 5000 feet of climbing opposed to 2600 gives me some doubts.