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    NYC Members: Our Own Private Century

    Bklyn and I have been toying with this idea because we think there are plenty of NYC riders to make it happen. Who wants in? Thoughts so far from the NYC Members thread:

    [Bklyn]
    "Let's do a century! We got nearly 90, let's pick a Saturday and head to Montauk."

    [metr0area]
    "i'm in ridgewood and i'd be down for a century..."

    [40 Cent]
    "Yes, our own private century. We could all ride to Montauk, or take the train to Montauk and ride back, or we could plan a big 100-mile loop and just each donate $20 to spouses or friends who like to cook more than ride (I'm torn) to have a group cookout at the finish. If we get enough people to ride, there should be small groups for each pace."

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    "Yes, let's do it. Mid-Augustish? Anybody out there with experience in running a century? I'd personally vote for a loop that lands us back at Prospect Park or Gateway or somewhere we can have a barbecue. A loop would seem to require the fewest logistical leaps. But what do I know?"

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    I'm in.

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    Nice! Knew we could count on you, Air. It'd be nice to get a solid 25 people to make it a real event. I'll wait for more responses until we start talking routes and dates.

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    I'm in for sure. This should eat up just about all my free hours. I mean, think of the potential for time wasting: coming up with a route, persuading noncycling loved ones to wait at the ready with the barbecue . . . designing the T-shirt! My God, the possibilities are endless.
    And we'll ride bikes.

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    August and early September is a bit busy for me, so depending on the date I'm in. Keep an eye out for me as you drop me...

    I've vote for a loop if possible, 'cause the trains aren't always very affording to a boat load of cyclists hitting them up at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sukram View Post
    August and early September is a bit busy for me, so depending on the date I'm in. Keep an eye out for me as you drop me...

    I've vote for a loop if possible, 'cause the trains aren't always very affording to a boat load of cyclists hitting them up at the same time.
    If you plot a route up to bear mountain using back roads and less hilly alternatives to 9W, with an optional climb of the mountain, and across the bridge and back through west chester... then I'm in.

    It would be a great chance to find new routes.

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    I may be interested. How many miles we talking and how "in shape" do you have to be? I've been riding more and more but not sure I'm up to the level that some of you are.

    -Tina

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    Quote Originally Posted by taz13 View Post
    I may be interested. How many miles we talking and how "in shape" do you have to be? I've been riding more and more but not sure I'm up to the level that some of you are.

    -Tina
    Can you do 100 miles on rolling terrain in 5 hours? J/k... I think regardless of whether we're in shape or not, we can always find a group to ride in.

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    Tina, it's 100 miles, which means you probably should have done say a 60- or 70-miler before and not felt you were going to die if you pedalled one more inch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid View Post
    Can you do 100 miles on rolling terrain in 5 hours? J/k... I think regardless of whether we're in shape or not, we can always find a group to ride in.
    That's true. Don't be too intimidated by the number. Contrary to my last post, many people dust off a bike they haven't ridden in a few years and do a century. Not recommended. If you ride regularly and have a bike that's comfortable enough for several hours in the saddle, give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
    If you plot a route up to bear mountain using back roads and less hilly alternatives to 9W, with an optional climb of the mountain, and across the bridge and back through west chester... then I'm in.

    It would be a great chance to find new routes.
    Up 9W (or alternates) and back down Westchester...

    The North/South County trailway in Westchester might be a good option for a relatively flat route back into the city. I did a hefty chunk of it a few weeks back. A nice off road rail trail and not too crowded. Still have to watch out at times though. This Westchester site http://www.westchesterny.com/parks/Trailways.htm has the pdf maps.

    I was thinking of connecting it up around 202 to head over to the Bear Mtn. Bridge but haven't gotten a chance yet.
    - meb

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    100 miles??? Hmmmm...considering I'm the competitive type...I may just have to give this a try.

    I've done the 5 boro bike tour a few times which is about 42 miles. The local trail I do on the weekends is about 21 miles round trip - a few hills here and there but nothing major. During the week, I do about 10 miles a day but it's mostly flat.

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    I'm in, depending on the date.

    I selfishly suggest a weekday "Skip Out on a Work Day Century" since I'm out of the city most weekends.

    Locally there are at least 4 centurys/rides coming up that I know of: Glen's Farm Ride (Aug 4-5) North Fork Century (Aug 26) Harlem Valley Rail Ride (July 29) and Woodstock Century (Aug 26). I'm doing the last 2 rides...
    "...devil take the hindmost..."

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    [QUOTE=Lucky07;4883855]I'm in, depending on the date.

    I selfishly suggest a weekday "Skip Out on a Work Day Century" since I'm out of the city most weekends. QUOTE]

    "Skip Out on a Work Day Century" is a great idea, if enough people could commit. I think we're looking at Sunday, August 12th or 19th. Early Sunday mornings you can just cruise north through Manhattan (with the rest of the Nyak-bound folks).

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    just name time and place. i'm in.

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    me too!!!

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    I do admit I'd be scared of the climb up to Bear Mountain - hoping I'll be in shape for that by year's end but by the descriptions not sure if a few weeks will be enough.

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    I'd be in depending on the date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    I do admit I'd be scared of the climb up to Bear Mountain - hoping I'll be in shape for that by year's end but by the descriptions not sure if a few weeks will be enough.
    What if I told you that they were putting a Nathan's on top of Bear Mountain?

    edit: And would it really matter, once you made it to the summit, that I was lying?
    Last edited by Bklyn; 07-19-07 at 10:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    I do admit I'd be scared of the climb up to Bear Mountain - hoping I'll be in shape for that by year's end but by the descriptions not sure if a few weeks will be enough.
    The great thing about a Bear Mountain climb is its guaranteed to be OPTIONAL. The only way out is back down the same road. Just wait at the bottom until the masochists come back down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
    The great thing about a Bear Mountain climb is its guaranteed to be OPTIONAL. The only way out is back down the same road. Just wait at the bottom until the masochists come back down.
    There's an idea, a mountain option. How many miles are we talking from say Battery Park to the foot of Bear Mountain and back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40 Cent View Post
    There's an idea, a mountain option. How many miles are we talking from say Battery Park to the foot of Bear Mountain and back?
    From 60th and 5th (Central Park) it's right at 100 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn View Post
    What if I told you that they were putting a Nathan's on top of Bear Mountain?

    edit: And would it really matter, once you made it to the summit, that I was lying?
    Depends how tasty you look and if I had mustard on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Depends how tasty you look and if I had mustard on me.
    And what if I had ketchup on me? Or did you mean if you had mustard WITH you. In your backpack, or on your face?

    In any case, my machine and I will take on a century. Any time. Any place. (Actually, it depends. When were you thinking of going again?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Depends how tasty you look and if I had mustard on me.
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