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Old 12-30-12, 10:04 PM   #1
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2013 -- Double Centuries (& Longer Rides)

2013 Double Centuries (& Longer Rides).


When you finish your Double Centuries, post them here! And tell us a bit about the ride ... where it was, if it was solo or with a group, how long it took you, stuff like that.


Just for informational purposes, a "Double Century" is 200 miles completed as "all at once" as possible. Reasonable breaks are allowed, of course, but if you do a century on Saturday, and another century on Sunday, that's called a "Back-To-Back" century, not a "Double Century".


If you want to do one a month, like the Century-A-Month challenge, go for it! If you'd rather do just three in July, that's fine too. And if you do a ride that's longer than a double century ... like a triple century perhaps ... feel free to post about it here as well.
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How long of a break can you take and still consider it a legit double century? Can you go into a restaurant for a meal? Take a 20-minute nap beside the road? etc.
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How long of a break can you take and still consider it a legit double century? Can you go into a restaurant for a meal? Take a 20-minute nap beside the road? etc.
A double century is 200 miles in a day. And unless you're doing the Iditabike, your day should likely be 24 hours or less. So yes, you can have a meal. Yes, you can stop for a little 20 minute break.

But stopping for a whole night's sleep would make your efforts "back to back centuries". Back to back centuries are when you ride 100 miles on one day, and 100 miles on the next day.
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This discussion comes up every once in a while when I do centuries, etc. as some people won't count it as a "real" century if you are off the bike longer than it takes to pocket a snack, fill your water bottle, and use the restroom. One guy I've met on a couple of organized rides refuses to use the rest stops. He carries three water bottles with him and gets frustrated if he has to make a nature call at a grove of trees or corn field. His goal is to complete the 100 miles without putting a foot down. I can't decide if he is hardcore or nuts.
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