90 days ago I hadn't thought about biking, didn't own a bike, nor had I biked in over 20 years. Now I own two, and have racked up 1200 miles. About 30 days after I purchased my hybrid, I set the goal of doing a century ride in under 7 hours.
So on saturday, I attempted to do the <7 hour century. It was self supported since there was no event. About 65 miles of it was along bike paths, and for a newbie (and new father who would like to take less risk) like me the bike paths (when mostly empty) give me that warm and fuzzy safe feeling so I tried to incorporate as many as possible into my route. Somehow I ended up picking one of the hottest days of the year, and was fairly shocked at how much water I consumed. I've ridden a shortened version of this ride a few times on slightly cooler days and needed much less water. Spending hours at 100+ degrees seemed to make me need a shockingly larger amount of water compared to a 90 degree day.
So, the essential statistics (taken from Garmin Edge/Garmin connect site):
Bike weight: 45lbs loaded with supplies and water
Avg Trip Temperature: 97.9 °F
Max Trip Temperature: 109.4 °F
Distance: 102.97 mi
Moving Time: 06:40:09 (time to 100 miles was 6:29:55)
Elapsed Time: 07:07:25 (time to 100 miles was 6:53)
Elevation Gain: 3,041 ft
Fluid consumed: 196 oz, plus 60oz upon return...nearly 15lbs of water total
During the whole ride I ended up off the bike for 7 minutes total for lunch, on Cliff Dr. All other non-moving time was at red lights.
The map of the course with elevation data (stats are off on this site, but the map is
And pics (click on them for larger version):
The beast of a bike...45lbs in this photo. 36lbs when I returned home.
Santiago canyon/Cooks corner. This photo was actually from an 80 mile training ride a couple weekends ago. Came across a George Barris creation.
Aliso creek bike trail...widest bike trail I've ever seen, and its so empty every time I'm on it
Aliso/Wood Canyons Regional Park, pic taken just a mile from the shores in Laguna Beach, unfortunately the trail dead ends half a mile from here. Never get to the ocean.
OC Smog from Irvine on Baranca Pkwy
Upper newport bay
Lunch time on Cliff Dr, above the PCH overlooking the ocean:
So there ya have it. I feel its a really nice and safe route. Any SART junkies should be able to do this one, even with very little road riding experience. As for me, it's time to get started on my next goal, A 20mi loop in under 1 hour. I think that one will pose quite a challenge, and for training I'm hoping to meet up with some locals (maybe from this board?) to do some training up on GMR. I'm a bit intimidated to try it alone, but maybe I'm overestimating the automobile traffic up there.