Join Date: May 2003
Location: Mountain Brook. AL
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Some suggestions: search on google for Illinois bike clubs, Iowa bike clubs and Indiana bike clubs and start perusing websites for 'official centuries' Ie organized centuries. Many of these do not time their riders but some do. You may be able to get one of the organizers to give you a certificate attesting to your time. Search for duathlons and triathlons, not many tri meets in the north in March but duathlons are around, might be a possibility, they are always timed, but usually a lot shorter than 100mi. Search on the term randonneuring for a group of strange type who feel that 150mi on a bike is too short a ride. They have qualification events all over for long rides and they are 'official'. I googled on this and there were a bunch web sites on randonneuring. The English are gaga about timetrials and 100mi TT abound year around. You might have to join an association but if you have a spare weekend and $500-1000 you could fly there and get certed. Not likely to be flat though, and could be nasty hilly but weather should be amenable to Chicagoans. Here is another website that may be useful: http://www.ultracycling.com/index.html
They have qualifying meets all over the place. One in my state at the end of March for qualifying rides between 200 and 500mi, timed of course.
Addendum: I was in Chicago during the freak warm spell last April and had a great time in the lake front wind tunnel, riding down to the Southern golf club and upto the Catholic university whose name escapes me now. I will be back in late March and hope to be able to bike the Lake shore again, but know the weather is against me. 36-40F is my lower limit. No built in antifreeze.
Last edited by sch; 01-23-06 at 12:48 PM.