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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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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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