I did the full century. Since I started at Prospect Park I was in the lead group of the 100 milers and didn't get a sense that it was a big ride until I hit Astoria. There was one point when we were still in Brooklyn where I actually slowed down my pace because I was riding alone, and what's the point of a group ride if you're riding alone. I stopped at the first rest area for that same reason. From that point on it was always the same group of people, riding at approximately the same pace, and at each rest area we all came together again.
At no point during the ride did I feel tired, weak, achy or anything else. In fact, this was one of those days when I got on the bike and could just take off, and those days are rare. When I finally got to Manhattan there was a large group that hit Dyckman street together, and a bunch of us got stuck at a long light. Some old guy yells out "are you going to catch them", so I took that as a challenge and sprinted down the Harlem River Greenway, and I did catch them. So even 80+ miles into the ride I still had legs, and even at 100 miles.
The weather was great, we had a tail wind the first 40 miles or so to eastern Queens, but the headwind didn't really impact us once we started heading back the other way. It took 9 hours to complete even though I was riding fast, at points over 25mph on long stretches, and keeping to a 18-22 pace. I didn't linger at the rest areas either. I've done a double century in 10.5, but that was on open roads (Seattle to Portland), and 30 years ago.
I was wearing the Ommegang Brewery jersey. I had at least 10 people comment about it.
Last edited by zacster; 09-14-13 at 05:44 AM.