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For me ... with a max HR of 194 ... I keep my HR in a 125 to 145 range on my long rides (100 miles+). Except for hills, of course, where my HR goes up a bit.

Wear your HRM, go for a long ride at a pace you feel you could maintain all day long, and see what your HR is. That would probably be where it should be for the century. Note: You may observe that for the first 20 miles or so, your HR is a bit high, but at some point it should drop a bit ... provided you keep riding at that comfortable maintain-all-day pace ... and should stay in a certain range for the rest of the ride.
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