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2009 Century Challenge

Old 12-23-08, 07:17 PM
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2009 Century Challenge

This is the thread for those who will not be able to complete the 2009 Century-A-Month challenge.

The Century-A-Month challenge requires that a cyclist ride at least one century in each month of the year. But sometimes because of weather, accidents, or other commitments riding a century in each month of the year becomes impossible. And sometimes people get into cycling long distances partway through the year, but would like to join a challenge for motivation.

Even if we can't participate in the CAM challenge, it's nice to have a place to log our centuries throughout the year ... so here it is!


The challenge: Let's see how many centuries we can ride this year ... in any month of the year!!


Get ready ... get set ...............

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Old 01-01-09, 08:43 PM
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Heh. I'll be lucky if I get one century for the whole year. I just did my first half-century yesterday. On a quarter-century-old bike.
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I got one today.

The Dallas Lone Star Randonneurs have a traditional New Years 200k ride. The weather was nice (about 35 for a low warming up to mid 60s. Pretty windy though, but it was a head wind outbound and a tail wind on the return. I finished 127 miles in 9hrs 50mins.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Heh. I'll be lucky if I get one century for the whole year. I just did my first half-century yesterday. On a quarter-century-old bike.
Well, you've got 12 months to build up to a century.
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Originally Posted by hammond9705 View Post
I got one today.

The Dallas Lone Star Randonneurs have a traditional New Years 200k ride. The weather was nice (about 35 for a low warming up to mid 60s. Pretty windy though, but it was a head wind outbound and a tail wind on the return. I finished 127 miles in 9hrs 50mins.

Congrats!!
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Old 01-02-09, 02:47 PM
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oki doki. This challenge seems more attainable than the century a month. 4 centuries last year, including first one ever. I'm determined to get more this year and to get my first double. But I'll stick to 60 mile rides per week until warm enough.

Count me in on this one.
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Old 01-02-09, 08:03 PM
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Count me in! I've been off the bike for awhile, been running but this sounds fun!
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Old 01-03-09, 01:52 AM
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1. 03-01-09 -- 161.22km/100.20 miles; 6hr 10min elapsed time (26.14km/h = 16.25mph average); 5hr 54min bike time (27.28km/h = 16.95mph average). Bike = Merlin C110 Works (9x2 sp road).
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Wow, this is great and just what I need to gear up for the spring season. I've been off the bike a couple of months but will begin training again and look forward to a March century. Will post when done.
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I got one in on 1-3. It was a 200k brevet through PA Dutch country. It was less hilly than the usual PA brevets, but there was a steady headwind for the first half. I was one of two riders on fixed-gear bikes, and the wind took quite a bit out of me. Still, aside from the wind, the weather was fairly nice--about freezing, and sunny. It was good to get back on the bike after the Holidays.
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Did one a week ago and posted it in the CAM thread. But who knows how long that will last, so I thought Id post here, too, in case I miss a month. Did second century of 2009 today, both on a Specialized Roubaix Elite Triple purchased Jan 2. 101.12 miles; 25 F at start, 54 F by afternoon, 39 F at the finish. First 46 miles were into a 22 G 33 mph headwind along wide open farmland; avg speed was barely 10 mph for those 46 miles. Made for a loooooong ride!

Last weeks century was similar (headwind for nearly all of first half). These wear me out far more than my typical centuries; Im pretty spent after 100 miles when brutalized by the wind so long at the start.
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January Century. check

January 3rd in Lake County Illinois. Temps around 30. East wind 15 MPH Average moving speed= 14.9 mph. Good Times
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I did a 200km permanenent on the 17th. It was pretty decent considering I had not been on the bike in 3 months. I took almost 11 hours with lots of breaks and rode with somebody that was doing it for her first 200km and we kept a casual pace.

But a January century is now in the bag!
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I rode the club century on Jan. 17th, Orange County Rebel Riders from Irvine to Corona via Yorba Linda. 45 degF at the start, 80 degF by noon. Started at 7:00 AM. finished at 1:15 PM.
Probably between 3 and 4 thousand feet of climbing, not difficult and I felt good all day.

One stop at It's a Grind coffee shop in Corona at the 49.9 mi. point. Lovely day, really, no complaints!

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I thought about trying CAM, but I'd like to try racing this year, and I'm not sure my training regime would allow for CAM. But I think I could manage to complete 12 centuries in 2009.

The first I rode yesterday, 190 kilometers with a friend. Mostly rolling hills, but also one longer climb of 8.9km, 5.2% average grade. We planned to keep a good pace, but had nasty headwinds for the last 60km that slowed us down, making the whole ride take 10 hours.

The weather was slightly cool (19C) and cloudy. It was supposed to rain in the afternoon, but luckily all we encountered was few drops.

The local 200km bervet is this upcoming Friday, though I'm still undecided on riding it.
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Third century for January today. 101 miles; 32F start, 69F peak, 52F finish; 30+ mph winds. One 20-mile stretch took nearly 2.5 hours (do the math!) ... did I say it was windy? Brought me to 1111 miles for the month.
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6 100's this month

Todays 85 mi ride



Months miles 1762
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
6 100's this month


Months miles 1762
Dang! I did 350 miles for January, the longest day being a measly 25 miles...it doesn't help that temps here are in the teens most every morning and lucky to hit 40 for a high, but I know I know - more riding, less excuses.

February is in my sights now....
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I missed the CAM by a few miles, so I need some catching up to do! I'll post my 1st 100 miles hopefully this weekend!

My personal goal is to win the centuries competition held by my club. Last year, the winner completed 5 organized rides.
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I've decided to participate, but because Jan and Feb are the hardest months for me to get a century done in, I've decided to start in March. Then, when they roll 'round again, I'll have added impetus to get out and ride.
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Got a century in today (161.01 km); my first of the year. Got going by 05:45, in the dark and below freezing. Everything was sparkly and, as I travelled north, there was lots of snow left from the weekend flurries, hiding in the forest.

I put in 50 km on my Bleriot, some of it on gravel trail, returning home to switch to my Ciclo. I grabbed a muffin, washed down with microwaved tea, added my nylon booties over the neoprene ones (cold feet!), refilled my bottles, transferred my computers, and was back on the road within ten minutes.

I rode 8 kilometres to the meeting point for the Wednesday Ride, but missed the group by a couple of minutes. A headwind came with the dawn so I didn't manage to catch them for another 20 kilometres. That was hard work! I fell in behind the 15 riders.

The ride out around the peninsula, though the sun was shining, was darkened by a constant barrage of abuse and obscenity shouted from motor vehicles and glaring faces in town, set off by this story in the morning paper. The energy was homicidal! Mostly fat, red-faced blimps screaming from pick ups and SUVs.

Hope it settles down before someone is killed. As you can imagine, not the best century I've ever experienced.
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100.6 miles today. Winds under 5 mph all day! Can't remember the last time that happened. 6th century of the year; 2nd for March. (This makes a nice place to keep count.)
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Some how lost this thread.
Jan 6 100's
Feb 2 100's
Mar 2 100's
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