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    Anyone riding the Rails to Trails Century on Oct. 3rd?

    Anyone planning to ride the annual Rails to Trails bike ride? - Oct 3rd @ 7am - Withlacoochee Trail - Inverness Trailhead start.

    Let me know if you're interested in joining our group.

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    I have plans to be their and ride but my daughter and I normally only do about 75 miles. It is a good ride.
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    I will be there. The group says they will keep the pace steady (heard that one before) and we will be going for 100 miles. Usually a good ride on that trail. Won't find many century rides with a flatter profile. Drafting is my friend.

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    Mark, what group you riding with? Suncoast Cycling?

    I hear you about drafting. We just did the full Suncoast Trail and plan to do it again in a few weeks if you're interested.

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    Yes, I normally ride with Suncoast Cycling, but this ride I am going with a small group that I ride with during the week. Another of my friends regularly rides the Suncoast Trail, plus Starkey Park, for solo centuries. Nice riding there too and that is where I do my weekday night rides. We are blessed to have some good trails in this area.

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    I won't be riding it. As far as I am concerned, it is the finest century for beginning century riders that I know of. If someone is looking for a first century, this one is the best in the area. The support is superb, the facilities are good and most of the time, you don't have to fool with cars.

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    Looks interesting - please post a lot of pictures so I can see what the trails look like!
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    Mark, we've probably ridden together since I frequent the Suncoast, Starkey Park trails on evening rides. Usually ride Tues, Wed, Thurs from Suncoast 54 and either go to Shady Hills or Starkey Park and back. Leaving in a few for the Starkey ride. Meetup is at 6pm if you care to join us.

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    Had a great ride on Sunday. Weather was very nice, first ride in a long time where the starting temp was in the 60's. Rode with a group of 8 and picked up others along the way. My first century! Ride time 5:35 and finished feeling very good. A lot of riders on the trail made parts of the ride a bit 'tight', but other than that it was a great day.

    Hope others made it out too. I was proudly wearing my BikeForums 50+ jersey.

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    Yes, weather was great and the sags were well organized. It was a bit congested in areas, but not more than expected. We had a group of about 20, but 5 of us split off. I went with a group that had a goal of under 5 hrs and managed to hang with them. My pulls on the last 30 miles into the headwind got progressively shorter. We had a few strong riders in this small group which helped the group achieve this goal. Was a great ride and a great day.

    If interested, we are doing the entirel Suncoast Trail on Sunday, Oct 10 - another thread started to see if anyone is interested in joining. It will not be a hammerfest - probably about 20 mph avg.

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    Where's the link for that October 10th ride?
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