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2009 Century Challenge

Old 04-20-09, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
I used a Heavy duty mailing envelop as a boot.
Time of pic, the boot had been in for 190 miles.
Nice!

I had to boot my rear tire yesterday around the 47 mile mark into a century. I used half a wrapper from a packet of "Gleukos" electrolyte drink. The drink is horrible, but I'll call the $1.58 price a wash since it made for a suitable tire boot.

2009 Century Counter:
January: missed it by that much
February: 22nd
March: 21st (200k)
April: 4th (300k), 19th
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Old 04-23-09, 11:37 AM
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I am going for my first century this Saturday, and I am going to make it a double metric by riding from my house to the event.

I have a new bike (Windsor Tourist), new cycling shorts, and lots of food and drink.

I'll tell you all about it Sunday. Wish me luck!
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Old 04-23-09, 09:42 PM
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Luck!

I've heard the first century is always the toughest. Mine (solo) took 10 hours, and my next long ride (79 miles) took under five hours.
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Old 04-24-09, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by TheBugGuy View Post
Luck!

I've heard the first century is always the toughest. Mine (solo) took 10 hours, and my next long ride (79 miles) took under five hours.
Not so. My first was the easiest, probably because most of the climbing (~2000m) was in the first 50km, unlike later ones, which had some climbs at the end as well. My latest was with a similar elevation profile to the fist, but much much harder due to the pace.
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120.21 miles. Fastest century of the year; played the expected wind shift like a fiddle, catching it midway. Got home earlier than normal, then got greedy and tacked on another 20. Finished under a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch. Ah, springtime in the Plains states. Rode the last five miles in the aftermath of a downpour and now have to clean the chain. Crap. SWMBO was unsympathetic. She did think the mileage palindrome was cute, though.

2009 Century Log:
Jan 11, 17, 31
Feb 1
Mar 7, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22
Apr 4, 10, 18, 25
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Old 04-26-09, 05:55 AM
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Competed my first century yesterday!!

The Tour Autuaga is in Prattville, AL (Autauga County). It is rural and very very hilly.

I finished 110 miles in 7hrs, 39m.
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Old 04-30-09, 10:28 PM
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Did my first century for the year (and 3rd ever) last Saturday- did the "Marko Polo" Permanent, going from Plano to Caddo Mills, Celeste, Blue Ridge. 106 miles, about 10:13 including stops.
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I completed my first Century this past Saturday at the Shiner GASP.



Averaged 14.5 mph, 6:50 saddle time, and 7:30 total.

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Originally Posted by H-Bear View Post
I completed my first Century this past Saturday at the Shiner GASP.


Averaged 14.5 mph, 6:50 saddle time, and 7:30 total.

Bout Time.
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101 miles today; great weather!

2009 Century Log:
Jan 11, 17, 31
Feb 1
Mar 7, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22
Apr 4, 10, 18, 25
May 2, 9
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Old 05-09-09, 08:04 PM
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When Sydney, my oldest female cat, passed away in 2003, I rode a century (100 miles) in her memory. When Sabre, my diabetic male cat, passed away 3 months ago I wanted to do the same thing. It took a while, but I have finally done it, and I spent quite a bit of time thinking of him as I rode.

It rained overnight and I was a bit concerned that it would continue to rain this morning, but the sky was clearing as we set off. My father and I met Willi and Dan at Tim Hortons and we all set off together. Willi and Dan were doing my 300K brevet route, I was aiming for a century, and my father was out for a shorter ride. Willi and Dan sped off shortly after the start - they were on the clock and needed to make their controls in time. My father and I rode more or less together to Sylvan Lake when my father headed for home.

I continued on, and despite the fact that I took a shortcut, I arrived at the Eckville control only about 5 minutes before Willi and Dan got there. Last week there was no wind to speak of. This week there was wind ... and it was slowing me down!

Willi and I rode together for a few minutes after the Eckville control, and then he caught up to Dan and they disappeared in the distance. I hope they did all right on the rest of the 300K.

Meanwhile I was slogging up the hills toward Leslieville ... but I knew that when I reached the top of the last hill, the view is definitely worth it! You can see the whole valley spread out around, with the mountains in the distance. It's beautiful ... the pictures don't really do it justice.

A short time later I was in Leslieville. I like the Leslieville store ... it's more than just a small-town grocery store or convenience store. They've got some good stuff in there! I had an orange pop and a delicious, and fairly large butter tart square. Mmmmmm!

I had been watching the clouds, and keeping my eye on two storm cells forming between me and home. Shortly after I got back onto Hwy 11, heading for home, the most distant storm cell sent out a billowy white arm toward me. It started to rain as I rolled into the parking lot of a school, and just as I got under shelter it started to hail. I waited for the hail to pass, and then set off, but the closer storm got me and soaked me. It was like they were hunting me down!! They grouped together and grew into a large thunderhead that followed me back to Red Deer.

I got into Red Deer with 17 km to go. Unfortunately the wind really kicked up because of the incoming storm, so I spent the last hour or so trying to make up 17 km by riding back and forth, and round and round ... often being blown about by the wind, and trying to dodge the rain.

I was exhausted when I got in. This is the first century I've done since November, and the longest ride by far since November. I've gotten out of practice!!

The pictures of this ride are the last 9 in this set:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7617519339243/
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Old 05-09-09, 08:57 PM
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April 18 - 105 miles on all gravel for the Ragnarok 105 race.
May 1 - 115 miles.
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Old 05-11-09, 01:01 PM
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I'm doing a 12-ride series with my club, and with my miles to & from I've been over 100 a bunch of times:

3/28: 101 miles - 58-mile group ride, plus solo miles to & from
3/31: 120 - solo
4/5: 101 - 64 miles w/ group + solo
4/12: 107 - 72 w/ group + solo
4/18: 102 - 72 w/ group + solo
4/25: 113 - 82 w/ group + solo
5/6: 108 - 93 miles with one other rider, plus solo to & from

The last ride of the club series is this Saturday - supposed to be 111 miles. My to & from miles should put me over 200k, which would be my longest ride ever. Fingers crossed for good weather!

Not sure I'll keep piling up the centuries at the same pace once the series ends... but we'll see what happens...
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101 miles today. Scheduled a vacation day to work on the house, but it was just too nice out not to ride instead.

2009 Century Log:
Jan 11, 17, 31
Feb 1
Mar 7, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22
Apr 4, 10, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 11
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2009 Century Log:
Jan 11, 17, 31
Feb 1
Mar 7, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22
Apr 4, 10, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 30
Jun 15, 19; 22 and 24: RAAM Spotting; 25, 29, 30
Jul 2

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2nd solo century of the year yesterday, twice around Stukel Mountain. Its such a beautiful ride I took the same route as the April century, but concentrated on keeping a strong pace this time.

In April I did it in 6:02, this month 5:42. I was on pace for 5 1/2 hours most of the way but a headwind kicked up in the long 25 mile leg home (and I thought I could hear Phil Liggett out there "and now daxr's looks to be in trouble - he's had a splendid effort so far, but it's clear he didn't count on this wind. Has he saved enough to pull it off? We'll be following to see...just look at that determination, fighting the pedals over every turn, the time ticking away, what an effort!")

...pretty well toasted the legs, but its was a great ride. The first long ride this year when I didn't have the allens out tinkering with fit adjustments or tracking down some little noise - everything just smooth and comfy.
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May 3 centuries.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
2009 Century Counter:
January: missed it by that much
February: 22nd
March: 21st (200k)
April: 4th (300k), 19th
Add one more for May 16th, which I did on my fixed gear.

Five for the year isn't very many, but last year I only did 6... so I'm on track to best myself from last year.
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Doing the CAM Challenge this year. I'm on track so far, but keeping tabs in the SoCal group with some of the other locals. One century a month so far, with two each month in March, April, and May. Should have me ready for my first double come end of June.
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This thread needs a serious bump

Completed my first century today. 103.xx miles in 5hrs 47 mins of saddle time. Felt great and had fun. The weather was as perfect as you can get and the old Raleigh was flawless and as comfortable as on any of my shorter rides. Great ride!
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Road my first century yesterday, 102 miles. End was a bit harder, lots of hills and a head wind. I suppose if it was easy, everyone would do it. I'm happy with my time 7h 22m ride time, 8 hours total. I'll probably not pack on any useless weight as I did this time. Finally a nice weekend in the northeast with a day off allowed me to do it. Definately aim to quicken the pace next time, but my Surly isn't a featherlite either.
She rides comfy though.
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Old 07-19-09, 04:06 PM
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Second one

Katy Flatlands Challenge

101 miles, 17.2 mph, and 5:51 riding time.
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This is getting frustrating -- I've done two 78.5 mile rides this year, but only one century! I'm trying to convince my boss to come out for one. He claims he's old and unfit, but on our shorter rides he kicks my butt.
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2009 Century Counter:
January: missed it by that much
February: 22nd
March: 21st (200k)
April: 4th (300k), 19th
May: 16th (fixed gear)
June: 13th (200k)
July: 25th (200k, 29m faster than my March time)

Seven! That's one more than I did last year, and I still have a 300k & 400k on the schedule.
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First double century yesterday!

Got away from longer rides in June & early July, but back on it now.

Earlier this year:
March = 2
April = 4
early May = 1

5/16: 142 miles (114 club ride + to & from)
5/25: 130 (solo, with 10,800' climbing)
5/30: 106 - club ride

longest ride in june = 84 miles

7/19: 101 miles (30-mile race + ride with some friends after)
7/25: 116 - club ride
8/1: 208, with 3 friends
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