Is anyone riding the tour de moore century in southern pines, NC this year? I know it's pretty flat, but does anyone know what the terrain is like. I'm expecting some rolling hills but i don't want many suprises. It's my first century and i want to be prepared.
I've done it the last 5-6 years and it might surprise you with the hills.....after all it is called the Sandhills! It is a good ride and has been well attended but it seems last year it was a little smaller group. It is a good ride to stay with the faster folks as long as your fluids hold out and do a sub 5 hour century. Total climbing is around 4300 ft but it feels like most of it is in the last half of the ride......and it can be pretty warm after 11 am so be prepared.
I agree with JPPE. I've done it once on the tandem and the single (back in the early 90's). The hills will surprise you, especially in the last 20 miles. Stay with the top hundred and come in under 5 hours. Stay with the top 20 and you may find yourself under 4:30.
What should i expect as far as water and food stations? Will there be places to refill both of these? Also i don't really wanna carry a ton of stuff, think i can get away with one tube and air and a small tool. I mean if i have blow out will there be a support vehicle to snag one from? I'm just starting my "training" for the ride. I'm a little nervous now about the hills.. i should probably mention that i haven't ridden a long distance like this....ever. So my plan was to just go out there, try to find a group to latch on to, refuell frequently and not kill myself. I'll be really happy with a 5 hour finish.
Would agree with not taking too much. There are plenty enough water stops where you can use those to refuel. I'm not sure about a sag vehicle but if you have a spare tube and air with you that usually takes care of most issues. There will be other riders out that and generally folks will try and help each other as needed.
It will get warm so be prepared for that the last 30 miles or so.......unless it's raining! Coming from Asheville you'll definitely notice the difference in the temps and humidity. This is a good route to do your first 100 miler as there aren't any real steep hills.........but just remember that it's not flat. The hills are long enough in the last 30 miles to make your legs fell them pretty good.
If you have not done a 100 miler before, you'll do fine if you can comfortably do 60-70 mile rides. Around 75-85 miles you'll wish you were finished but just push through it and enjoy finishing your first century.