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Old 11-19-13, 05:37 PM   #1
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Civil War Century. How tough is it?

Have you done it?
Thinking of maybe trying this next fall, but have no clue how tough it is.

I am a lowly commuter who did my first century this year but it was totally flat. Seagull Century, MD.

I am not into serious training and speed - just riding for fun.
For the seagull I just did increasingly long rides on weekends until I got to a 70 mile distance ride, and then I did fine for that century.

Was wondering if CWC is for a cyclist like me, or do you have to get some serious saddle time and hard training for this?
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Old 11-19-13, 06:10 PM   #2
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I have done the 3/4 century of the Civil War and it wasn't too bad. The full century is 103 miles with around 6,900 feet of climbing. It is very challenging and tough, but nothing some consistent training won't fix. On the bright side it takes you through some very nice countryside and some of the best sights in the area. One of the climbs is Harp Hill and it made the top 100 climbs in Bicycling Magazine a few years back. Take on the challenge and do it!!

http://www.civilwarcentury.com/
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Old 11-19-13, 06:14 PM   #3
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Have you done it?
Thinking of maybe trying this next fall, but have no clue how tough it is.

I am a lowly commuter who did my first century this year but it was totally flat. Seagull Century, MD.

I am not into serious training and speed - just riding for fun.
For the seagull I just did increasingly long rides on weekends until I got to a 70 mile distance ride, and then I did fine for that century.

Was wondering if CWC is for a cyclist like me, or do you have to get some serious saddle time and hard training for this?
google is your friend.
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...il-war-century
http://www.civilwarcentury.com/

it's in the Appalachians, so it's pretty hilly. 6,900 feet elevation.
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Old 11-20-13, 05:27 AM   #4
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I've done it four or five times. It's not the hardest I've ever done, but it's nothing like a flat ride like the Seagull. It has 3 or 4 considerable climbs (right out of town, Cramptons Gap, and out of Smithsburg are the big ones), but it's almost all rolling terrain, with some flatter stuff once you head back from Gettysburg. I highly, highly recommend it, but do train up for it. The ride sells out early, so if you want to do it you kind of have to make a commitment

Here's my track from this year's ride:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/372135938
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