The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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I can't give you any advice on the amount of climb, but I would encourage you to try.
Last October, I rode my first metric century, and the longest ride I had ridden was about the same as you have stated.
In my case the vast majority of my riding was DEAD FLAT and the route for the century had rolling hills, and a few real hills.
I swallowed my pride and pushed up some hills. After 6 hours of riding, plus rest stops and at the end I could barely get off the bike. I cried tears of joy for a few minutes before I could go into enjoy the post-ride meal. Then as I was getting ready to drive away, I cried again...
Background, I started riding about 13 months before the century (starting at pushing itto complete a mile. I was 47 years old, weighed just over 300 pounds and was riding a Giant Sedona DX with road slick tires at 80 PSI.
Again, my advice... DO IT!!!
Take your tiome...
Take all the breaks seriously.. ;-)
Beat that damned course!!!
I met people along the road who encouraged me greatly, and even though I don't know their names, I will never forget any of them!
And if you don't make it... Well, I assume this is a supported ride, so take advantage of the sag vehicles if you need to.
I guarantee you that you will not make the metric century if you don't try!
Anyone who guides you otherwise is either being too cautious, or is an elitest that doesn't consider people like you and me cyclists.
Enjoy the ride!
PS - Do not risk your health by continuing after your body tells you to quit (only pro athletes are conditioned to go that far) but don't quit until you have to.