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Old 02-22-11, 07:03 PM
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I posted my January and February rides in the C&V thread of the same title, but I'm switching to here. Most of my rides will be brevets, and my Schwinn Continental will not be doing any centuries this or any year!

My January ride on 1/21 was a 101 mile solo ride circumnavigating the city. It was about 25F when I started, warmed up a bit, then clouded up and cooled down again. Aside from feet turned to blocks of ice, it was fairly uneventful.

My February ride on 2/19 was a 200k brevet with the Louisville Bicycle Club. Last year was my first to ride brevets, and all were in Ohio or Illinois. I have one thing to say: Kentucky is much hillier than Ohio or Illinois. At least the parts I rode in.... I finished in 9:30, which was better than expected.

No pics, as I don't have a decent bike-friendly camera
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March Century

Well, our next century was not along the coast, with beaches and ocean ... on a whim, we decided to do a century right from our front door. Might as well get centuries in while the weather is still good.

Rowan and I completed a 161 km (100 mile) ride today (March 6) on the tandem ... in 7 hours and 48 minutes! That's the fastest century I've done in ages ... years, perhaps!

It was a perfect day - bright and sunny, started cool (13C) and warmed up (25C), hardly any wind. The terrain was generally flat with a few gradual hills, and a couple more challenging ones.

We did a 30 km out-and-back on our "usual" evening route. I was very happy to make a stop at home at the end of that "loop" ... some residual effects of a recent flu bug! Then we did a 50 km out-and-back to Eildon. That's quite a pretty route, but ends with a bit of a climb back into our town for a bit of a challenge. We decided to repeat that route next, and then finish up with the 30 km out-and-back.

So ... That's my BIRTHDAY century done!!







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I rode a 300k (191.3 miles) brevet yesterday, with the Kentucky randonneurs. Thirty people were signed up, but I think only 20 or so actually made the start. At the start it was raining and dark, and around 50F. The RBA warned us a cold front was expected in the evening; to be sure we had extra layers. I was wearing two layers plus a rain jacket up top, heavy leg warmers, wool socks and shoe covers. I had a merino wool sweater dry in my trunk. I noticed several other riders were wearing rain pants; something I'll be purchasing soon. The terrain was rolling all the way. I don't have much experience with group rides in hills, but my observation is it's tough to ride "with" somebody because we all handle hills differently. I saw the same five or six people during the first 150k, leapfrogging in the hills. It rained off and on, mostly on, all day long. Somewhere around 190k my rear tire flatted from a thorn. I ended up going through a patch and a tube, and burned up about 25 minutes. Purchase #2 will be a better pump. I hooked up with a couple on a tandem for the last 100k; we decided to stick together for the remainder. The temperature dropped sharply around sunset, just as promised. At the last control we picked up a third rider; we also learned two other tandems had DNFd. A flat plus the cold convinced one couple to quit, the other actually ground down their brake pads before the second control. The last 60k was a mad dash to stay warm, as it was now 38F and raining. A turnaround from normal cycling in hills - the uphills were desirable as they were warmer, and coasting was misery. The last 10k or so we rode as hard as possible up and down. The tandem would pull away on the downhills and I'd catch up on the climbs. We were relieved to get into town, and finished together at 11:16 pm. Overall I understand 8 people dropped out.

Every experience is educational, and I learned quite a bit on this ride.
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Originally Posted by scroca
Sorry to intrude, but I've never read this thread before. Thought I'd look it over for some inspiration for an upcoming tour. Never expected anything like this.

Maha, dude, you are my friggin hero.
Well thank you scroca! But my February Century was much colder...

Februari Century


When I started the Century it was -30 °C (-22 °F)!


Lots of snow in Finland!


It was a beautiful day with sunshine.


And the sunset wasn't too bad either.


While the sun was up the temperature was only around -10 °C but it got a lot colder after sunset.

I logged 163 km but I want a bit warmer weather for my March Century!
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march's done.

it was so windy today.
10-25mph gusty wind speed.
tempt was nice

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hudson river overlooking from route 9w.


on route 9w


an historic site near by also on route 9w, before bear mountain bridge.

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March is done: 106.43 miles, some of the same route as my Jan and Feb centuries (out to Cortland, Rt 11 to Whitney Pt, then 79 south), but turned west on 12 at Chenango Forks instead of east, continued to Rt 11, then back up 11, big climb after Castle Creek, past the big Buddhist temple out in the middle of nowhere, back into Whitney Point and back in on 79. South winds 10-18mph, temps in 30s-40s, sunny pretty much the whole day, 4400 ft climbing, but slower than Feb century, 12.33mph, not sure why, my legs just felt tired - winter catching up with me. My March century ride in 2009 was 17mph, though that winter I got in a lot more mileage than this winter.


On Rt 11 south of Cortland, icicles freshly formed from melting snowwater, dripping down the side of the cliff and re-freezing.
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111 miles in windy conditions. I'll have some pics later, when I'm recovered somewhat.
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Coming into Baca. The first little town I go through. A very pleasant place. That's a '56 Chevy with a '78 Schwinn.

I'd left my sunglasses at our friends' house last evening, so stopped by to pick them up. They are having this old house remodeled. I ate half of my chicken sandwich, drank a cup of strong coffee, and inhaled one toke, while gazing out at the courtyard.

I rode that speedball the next 70 km, straight through, in a little over 2.5 hours. Arriving finally at the "nectar of the gods" stand.

Spotted this baby as I was approaching my sit down lunch. Flying the Union Jack.

I fought a stiff,stiff wind for the next 10 miles(backtracking to get to a decent road), then turned South for the home stretch. I hit the wall just after 100, and was still 10 miles out. Rested about 10 minutes under an overpass, all the while wishing I didn't have to get back on that bike. About 3 miles later, just inside the outer belt, the fresh juice stand. I bought a liter of OJ, guzzled half on the spot, and then hit it at every red light the rest of the way home. I had a tailwind(thankfully) the last 15 miles out on the road, and then alll the way through the city. I needed it.
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Originally Posted by chipg5
March is done: 106.43 miles, some of the same route as my Jan and Feb centuries (out to Cortland, Rt 11 to Whitney Pt, then 79 south), but turned west on 12 at Chenango Forks instead of east, continued to Rt 11, then back up 11, big climb after Castle Creek, past the big Buddhist temple out in the middle of nowhere, back into Whitney Point and back in on 79. South winds 10-18mph, temps in 30s-40s, sunny pretty much the whole day, 4400 ft climbing, but slower than Feb century, 12.33mph, not sure why, my legs just felt tired - winter catching up with me. My March century ride in 2009 was 17mph, though that winter I got in a lot more mileage than this winter.


On Rt 11 south of Cortland, icicles freshly formed from melting snowwater, dripping down the side of the cliff and re-freezing.
Mine was particularly difficult too, and the weather was beautiful as always, if windy. And today, instead of having my normal post-century springy step, I'm barely moving, and still sore. Eating steadily. And I consumed much more than normal yesterday too. Maybe I'm just depleted.
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March Century

The weather in Finland is starting to get warmer now. Finally! But this century started pretty cold anyway...


Due to the fog the the weather felt really cold in the morning.


A couple of hours later and the weather was awesome! Post card material around every corner.


Major trouble! I hadn't noticed any problems with my back wheel when i stopped for lunch but when I left it was very hard to rotate the wheel by hand. Tried to bike about 100 meters and then total lockup... This was a Shimano XT hub that's been used maybe 5000 km so I'm a bit surprised. Called a friend and brought the wheel from my old bike.


For the first time this year I was home before sunset!
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So i completed the march ride.....liked riding in the cold and winds so much that i completed a 200k permanent and participated in a group DART - another 200k...would have done another 200k brevet except for a family emergency. I gotta stop this madness. Anyway......the weather were better for both these rides.....both were done with friends riding together so it was much more enjoyable. First was a ride starting in Frederick, MD and going over gently rolling farmland into Pennsylvania...and back. Elevation was around 6000ft - headwinds all day. The DART started in Potomac, MD and ended in Gettysburg, PA.....a more challenging ride with approx 9600ft of elevation - again 10-15mph headwinds most of the day. I have to start taking a camera now.....so i can post pics.
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I did my March Century last Friday (3/25). It was definitely warmer than my January and February rides, but I still froze, probably because I left before dawn and got a good chill into my feet before the sun came up. I basically rode straight into the wind, going north, over hills and gradually rising until I'd gone 50 miles. Then I turned west, still straight into the wind (!), passed through Bloomsbury NJ, and down to the Delaware River, where I crossed to Riegelsville PA.

From there I rode down the PA side of the river as far as Frenchtown.

Then the NJ side of the river to Washington's Crossing. I guess I was going faster than the wind, now, because it still felt like a headwind!

Home around 3:40. I didn't make good time. But it was a nice day to be out in the sun.

A little over 3800 feet of climbing.

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Time for an update.

February's century was an easy one to Pyramid Lake and back.

The ride: 102 miles, ~2900 feet.
The weather: High in the low 30s, but at least the roads were clear.

Here's a look at Pyramid Lake with snow all around it:



March was mostly a windy month with below average temperatures.

Here's a good picture from one of my centuries towards the end of the month. That was 114 miles with ~2900 feet and 20+ mph winds (a long day).



I'm currently training for the Devil Mountain Double and I'm ramping up for that. Didn't get any great pictures yesterday, so I'll save my April report for a better day.
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April is done. I rode a 400k with the Louisville Cycling Club yesterday, finishing at 1:00 am for an overall time of 21 hours. That was a tough ride.
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I did April today. 84 degrees going out and 97 coming in. A new route today, out and back. All into the wind going out, and mostly tailwind on the return.
I consumed 4 liters of water, 2 bananas, a small bag of potato chips, and a cup of coffee out on the road. A liter of grapefruit juice, 1/2 liter of orange juice, 1/2 liter of water, 1/2 liter of fruit smoothie since arriving home, and will continue to graze throughout the evening.
Due to the long stretch of tailwind, I cut two hours off my normal time, and was greeted with cramps in both legs a couple hours after arriving home.
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I did April on Monday. Nice day for it, a little wet in the morning but by afternoon it was the hottest day of the year, so far. I went down into the Pine Barrens, mostly on roads that were new to me, and I didn't have a map; so I stopped at over a dozen stores &c trying to get one. Never did get the map, but it slowed me down!

A lot of the pine barrens roads look like this:



Only business I found in Chatsworth, "the capital of the Pine Barrens" was closed:



My feet got really sore! Next time I'm trying shoes with more padding.
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Our April Century

Rowan got up and went to work very early in the morning and returned about 8 am. At about 8:30 am the van was loaded and we were ready to go. We drove over the Strathbogie Ranges to Euroa where we parked, set up the tandem, and hit the road about 9:30 am.

The sky was brilliant blue and remained that way the whole day, the sun was shining, and the temperature started at about 12C, warmed up to about 21C, and cooled down again to about 12C. Unfortunately there was considerably more wind than predicted.

Our first 50 km followed along-side the Hume Highway to Benalla. It was relatively flat and the wind was sort of a cross/tail wind so it wasn't too bad. We stopped for lunch in Benalla, at a McDonalds, and then we consulted the map. We were considering one particular route, but knew it would involve a long section of headwind, so we opted for a different route. That's the beauty of an "unorganised" century ... you get to make decisions about the route on the fly.

We returned to Euroa by a slightly different route ... a quieter but somewhat hillier route that gave us a bit of a challenge on the tandem. After a short break in Euroa, we headed past to another town and a little bit beyond, then back to Euroa. And then we did a little bit of meandering around Euroa to make up the distance.

The sun went down when we were about 10 km out of Euroa and it was quite dark, and a bit chilly, by the time we finished at 6:45 pm.

I enjoyed myself out there ... it's so nice to spend a day outside in the sunshine, away from work, away from the computer ... just enjoying nature and the scenery.

The Stats
- 161 km (100 miles)
- 9:15 hours total time
- 2 sit-down breaks, several short side-of-the-road breaks
- Food eaten: 2 granola bars, hamburger, chips, potato chips, and coke.
- Bicycle info: Santana Tandem, Brooks saddle, Thudbuster seatpost, Shimano PDM324 Multi-Purpose pedals
- Clothing info: Fox shorts, Torpedo 7 leg warmers, short-sleeved jersey, long-sleeved jersey, vest, thin pair of socks, wool socks, cycling shoes, full-fingered gloves, helmet
- Animals seen: greyhound who tried to race us, horses, sheep, cows, llamas, magpies, cockatoos, crows, and assorted other birds

Autumn Foliage


Quiet Country Road


Looking Back

(Rowan took this photo)

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new york grand fondo training ride.

here's from sunday for april chalenge..

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second century in a month.

second time century in a month.

yesterday was riding on rail trail from new jersey to putnam county then back again
rode it on my mountain bike.

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April done, 101.73 miles, 14.58 mph, 2870 ft climbing. Sunny, beautiful day, rode down 34 to Spencer, then continued to Waverly, along Chemung River to Wellsboro and a bit beyond, to about 51 miles, then stopped at picnic area at Lowman Crossing, where Jim and Denny caught up to me. I ate my pizza and we went back the same way I came, stopped in Van Etten where they turned back and I continued on to Spencer and back into Ithaca. First decent-feeling century of the year!
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4/30: The Devil Mountain Double

206 miles, 18,600 feet.

Here's my favorite picture from the day:



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April Century

Finally I was able to ride on my racer instead of the heavy LHT with studded tires. I'm done with winter now!

It was a really nice day. Some wind but not too bad. The west part of Finland is flat as a pancake so I'm kind of jealous of the amazing scenery some of you guys are showing!


The ice is almost gone now!


Beautiful forest in Pörkenäs.


The not so beautiful view of Jakobstad.


Tried my new saddle bag (plus the old small one too..) for the first time.
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May century done. Actually it was the 2nd leg of a 600k brevet, but it was 120 miles on May 1st, so it counts!

My current thinking though, is that I may not continue this century a month challenge. For PBP I need to work on speed, which is not necessarily going to happen with long rides.
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may done,right before the jugement day on 21st.

rode from portland in pennsylvania to my humble apartment door in new jersey.

ride 60% off-road and the rest on the roads.
(riding on paulinskill valley rail-trail and sussex branch rail-trail and patriot path trail)

trying to ride all of this trail but failed...https://www.libertywatergap.org


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May Century - May 21st

On Friday after work, Rowan and I drove to Bendigo (about 2 hours away) to participate in the Balmy Bendigo Audax event on Saturday -- the 150 km distance.

We decided to do this event (as opposed to some others coming up) because it occurred in May, and we needed a May century, and because it fit with Rowan's work schedule. We knew the event had two significant climbs (one 6 km, and the other about 3 km), but we figured we could probably handle them on our tandem. We don't climb particularly well on the tandem, but have managed a few difficult climbs with it.

Saturday morning, bright and early, we were up and at 'em. We cycled approximately 5 km to the start, and then signed in and got ready to go. It was nice to do an event with other cyclists again, even though we're usually dropped within minutes. We haven't done that since December.

The first part of the route was great ... flat parts and rolling hills. The climbing was not much of a challenge, and we were rewarded with downhills. I really enjoyed that part. The last four centuries we've done (January, February, March, and April) have been on flat terrain so the rolling hills were something a little bit different.

Then the rollers became longer and steeper, and more challenging. We were working to get to the top ... and the downhills weren't as rewarding, because we were generally climbing.

And then we hit the first significant climb. It started with a section of fresh chipcrete, but fortunately that ended after a kilometre or so. Nothing like slowing any sort of momentum right away. About halfway through the chipcrete section, we were off and walking. The rest of the way up that 7-8 km climb, we varied between riding a little bit and walking, and walking, and walking.

By the time we rode into the control at the top, we were half an hour late and out of the event. Fortunately we were able to ride into the control rather than walk. The climb had flattened out by then.

So we lingered around there a while chatting to the 100 km riders who rolled in minutes after we did. They had started an hour later than we had so they were still within the time limit. And again, it was nice to encounter other cyclists out there.

Next was a long steep descent ... potentially a little scary on the tandem, but we took it slow. And then we decided to take the main highway back into Bendigo. The main highway was mainly flat, or at least, a lot flatter than what we had just been through.

We arrived in Kangaroo Flat, just outside Bendigo, and decided to stop at a McDonalds for a bite to eat. We were at the 100 km point. While at McDonalds, a local cyclist started chatting to us about our Brooks saddles and Carradice bag. We had quite a nice chat. Unfortunately, Rowan's legs started cramping during that stop, and kind of bothered him for the rest of the ride.

We decided to ride back the way we had just come, pull a U-turn a ways down the road, and then cycle right through the middle of Bendigo and out the other side. We would then then pull another U-turn, and return to the caravan park. And that's exactly what we did, except that we needed a round-the-block extra bit to get to 100 miles.

The best part of that last part of the ride was the architecture in the middle of town. I want to go back and see more. Most of it looks quite old and almost European, except for one garden area that looked quite oriental. The fact that the road was relatively flat and that the predicted wind didn't materialise were also benefits.

EDIT: Just as the sun set and the sky became dark, we rode over something ... not sure what it was ... but it got caught up in our timing chain and removed it. Rowan had to do a quick, road-side repair to get us going again to finish the ride.


And so, 11.5 hours later we finished the toughest century we've done in a while.

Weather: Sunny, with a few clouds. Morning: 6C. High: 20C. Light winds.

One other stat ... I wore my HRM all day and discovered that it recorded a max of 187 bpm. I'm pretty sure that happened during the chipcrete section of big climb. But I'm also pretty sure I reached the 180s several times. That HRM was beeping like mad every time we rode a bit of the big climb.

Some photos from our Saturday century ...

The group of us starting in Bendigo in the morning


Looking up at Mt Alexander ... we climbed up where those towers are


The control on Mt Alexander


Looking down into the valley from the top of Mt Alexander


(click photos for more)

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