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Old 12-03-17, 07:40 PM   #1
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Century Question

Is a Century's finish line 100 miles from the starting line, or is it a loop, starting and ending at the same or nearby location?

In other words, if I ride 51 miles out, turn around and ride back, did I ride a century or just 102 miles without doing a century?
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Old 12-03-17, 07:44 PM   #2
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Is a Century's finish line 100 miles from the starting line, or is it a loop, starting and ending at the same or nearby location?

In other words, if I ride 51 miles out, turn around and ride back, did I ride a century or just 102 miles without doing a century?
A Century is 100 miles in one day ... how you choose to ride it is up to you.

If you've cycled those 102 miles in one day, you've ridden a Century.
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A Century is 100 miles in one day ... how you choose to ride it is up to you.

If you've cycled those 102 miles in one day, you've ridden a Century.
Thanks. That's what I thought.
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Yes, 100 miles in a day. YOU get to decide where it takes place. There is no governing body that validates a century, other than the rider.
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If it helps you justify it then even riding a "there 'n back" is a (very elongated) loop as you rode out on one side of the road and came back on the other ;-)
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If it's not uphill into a headwind in the rain and/or snow over cobblestones, it doesn't count. No gold star for you.
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Easy. It has to be at least 100 miles on Strava, or else it didn’t happen.
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If it's not uphill into a headwind in the rain and/or snow over cobblestones, it doesn't count. No gold star for you.

I think you have to know who makes the rules. If I'm riding a "century" it's usually just me going out on my bike and riding a hundred miles, and I make up the rules as I go.

If someone else is making the rules for you, they should be able to tell you what the rules are. Otherwise, just do what makes sense to you.
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If it helps you justify it then even riding a "there 'n back" is a (very elongated) loop as you rode out on one side of the road and came back on the other ;-)
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Century is 100 miles, and 100 miles is 100 miles. Doesn't matter if it's out and back, a big loop, or a bunch of little loops. Fat Cyclist used to do an annual "100 miles of nowhere" as a online charity event and would invite people to do 100 miles however they wanted and send them in.

He'd post them on his site, there were people who did 100 miles on trainers, short loops in their neighborhood, I even saw one person do 100 miles in his cul de sac, which just seems insanely mind numbing to me.

It all counts, do whatever you like.
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