Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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I would not worry about being last if you attempt the century. This sort of ride of ride is not filled with ultrafit 25 year old on the latest on the latest lightweight race machinery. Even if it is, they can't all keep up the pace to finish at the front of the ride.
If you can do a 30 miler at present, then with just a little bit of sense, then you should be able to do 50, and there is not much more to a 65miler. Advice to you is to take it just a bit steady until you feel comfortable, probably about 5 miles or so, and then go at your normal pace. I would also take head on Resting and feeding before the ride, and for the wek before, start "carbo loading". That means plenty of Pasta, Rice, Potatoes, etc. I know with me, I do a hard ride each year that is around 12 hours long, this is the one chance I have to eat all the sticky buns and pies that I want and really enjoy this part of the training. On the day have a good breakfast a couple of hours before the ride, and on the ride supplement with cereal bars, sandwiches, or anything else you may fancy, but more importantly--- Keep up the water intake. If you can drink a litre of water an hour, even if it is cold and wet and miserable, then you will benefit. Even a little dehydration will affect your riding capabilities.
As I have said do not worry about being last. You currently do 30 miles at a time. There will be plenty on the ride that are not fit, overweight, on heavy bikes that are not suitable, and have never done more that 20 miles at a time.