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Old 05-22-11, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by scroca
I'm not sure what you have to do to belong to this club, but my son and I'd never done a century before this May. Now we've done 2: 101.3 miles two weeks ago and 111.54 miles yesterday.

The plan is to build up for RAIN in July, so I figure we'll at least do centuries in June and July too... or die trying.

This one is the Century-A-Month thread ... it starts in January, and we ride a century each month of the year. If you are just planning to ride a handful of centuries whenever throughout the year, there's another thread for that.

The Century Challenge thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...tury-Challenge
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April and May centuries done

I really need to get a camera because this area i live in is just so gorgeous. The best parts of these postings are the picture....sure we can all do centuries but the views you guys have are so awesome and i live vicariously through your pictures....i love to travel and picture myself riding where you guys ride.....really awesome.

Anyway....April's century was a failed attempt at our second most toughest 300k. Approximately 16k of climbing but finished 20 mins past the cutoff...approx 195 miles. Also completed a 200k brevet and failed in our attempt to complete our Fleche.....rained hard all day with sustained winds of 30mph and gusts of 45mph....had to abandon at the 200k mark because of flooded streets and darkness.....was too dangerous. Water was up to our hubs.

May's century was a completed 300k with approx 13k of climbing. Also attempted the 400k over the weekend but had to abandon at the 340k mark because of sustained spewing....threw up for approx 7 hours...wife took me to the ER and spent 5 hours there. I do have a lot of nausea on these longer rides but this is the first time i actually threw up. Saw a post on Gastric distress i am looking forward to reading.

Any recommendation on a camera to take on these rides?
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May Century

Lots of headwind this time! I was in a bit of a hurry due to plans in the evening and managed to get an average moving speed of 28,2 km/h (17.5 mph). Beautiful weather once again!


Nice clouds.


"Finland - The Land of Thousand Lakes", although in reality there is nearly 200.000 lakes here...


Summer is here!
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May is done. I've been training for the Alta Alpina Challenge. Not sure what it is, but I felt a lot stronger last month before the DMD.

150 miles, ~16,000 feet.


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Originally Posted by downtube42
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.
If you're aiming for the PBP, centuries aren't long rides. They are relatively short training rides which you can use to work on your speed.

I did heaps of centuries in the 2003 PBP year ... one almost every weekend, sometimes back-to-back centuries, occasionally double centuries. Centuries were quick training rides.

I'd recommend getting out there and doing centuries more frequently from now till early August.
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Sunday - Our June Century (100 miles)

This was our second fastest century this year at 8 hours and 15 minutes. We were clipping right along out there most of the time.

Rowan had to work this morning, so he was up bright and early, or actually ... dark, foggy, and very early ... and was home just before 9 am.

We quickly did a few last minute things, loaded the tandem into the van, and drove away from our very busy little town to a much quieter town. Not only was this weekend the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend, and the start of the Ski Season, but this weekend was also the biggest event of the year ... the truck, ute, and rod show. As we drove out (through the very thick fog) the town was already filling up with trucks (semis), utes, rods and people.

The town we chose as a starting point was bathed in brilliant sunshine ... not a whisp of fog to be seen. And the whole ride had great weather for early winter ... clear blue skies, light winds, and even decent temperatures. We started at 6C, reached a high of 13C, and dropped to about 7C after the sun went down.





It was a good century ... a quick 37 km dash on a quiet country road next to a train track (which had the most train traffic we've ever seen on it) to a little town where we stopped at a little shop to get something to eat. They didn't have much so we had to settle for ice cream. Then up to the larger town on the route at the 55 km point where we stopped at a relatively busy bakery. And then we got into a rhythm and covered the next 25 km up a main highway to a turn-off in no time at all. That took us to the halfway point.





The next 37 km was probably the most challenging of the route ... gradual uphill terrain, with a set of rolling hills in the middle, on a relatively quiet country road. It was challenging, but provided a break from the generally flat terrain of most of the route.

We stopped for a short, welcome break in the next town where I got a chance to walk a little bit and stretch out a cramp developing in my right thigh. Fortunately that cramp never developed into anything really nasty, but it did nag for the rest of the ride.

Onto another main highway, and we cruised all the way back into our start town ... 20 km short of our goal. So we flew past the town, and took the second exit to ride back through the town, then out the other side for several km, and back to our van.

The sun went down as we cycled past the town, and was well down by the time we had ridden through the town. And the temperature dropped with the sun. We probably should have stopped to put on an additional layer, but we just kept going to the end. I was feeling quite chilly out there, the last 5 km or so.

We loaded the tandem up into the van, and drove to the local truck stop where we had a delicious hot dinner.


And so, this century celebrates an anniversary. Two years ago today, I arrived in Australia to be with Rowan!!


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First June century done! It was day one of a two day ride down to State College, PA to take part in RBR's recumbent rally. I was riding my Volae Voyager recumbent, loaded with camping gear in my Arkel panniers plus Arkel rack bag. Rode through Elmira then into PA, but the fracking water trucks made the ride not only unpleasant but unsafe, esp. on the uphills with narrow shoulders. The truck traffic was relentless, sad given that this road (328) was a nice quiet country road a few years ago... But the last part of the day was on the beautiful Pine Creek Trail. I stopped at Cedar Run where I camped for the night next to Pine Creek.

On the Pine Creek Trail, on an old RR bridge that's now part of the trail.


The bridge.

June Century #1:
Total: 104.85 miles
Avg speed: 10.75mph
Climbing: 3837 ft.
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Did the Terrible Two on 6/18. 200 miles, ~16,000 feet. The weather was great and the ride was a ton of fun. Here's a longer report if you're bored.


The Pacific Ocean from Hwy 1.

My calendar is empty until August, so I'll probably just relax and go with the flow for a while.
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I celebrated the 4th of July with a ride from Reno to Emerald Bay and back. Tons of people were out at the lake and I even saw a sobriety checkpoint on the way back, which I was thankful for. They didn't check my water bottles for alcohol or anything. They just let me ride straight through.

I did 152 miles with ~14,000 feet. The weather was perfect.


This is where I was standing for Stage 1 of the Tour of California, which ended up getting canceled. No snow to worry about this time.


A different view from the same spot.
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Old 07-13-11, 07:19 AM
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June Century:
Well this was something special. I achieved something I have wanted to do for a long time. Ride from Jakobstad to Åbo (in Finland). It took almost 24 hours but I made it without sleep! The total distance for the ride was 444 km.







Here is a link to Google Translate that shows my blogpost translated from swedish to english: June Century.


July Century:
This ride was special in that way that I had company for the first time! I managed to get four of my friends to join me and two of them continued to ride after we got back home and they managed to ride 200+ km! None of them had ever cycled a Century before and the distance record for one of them was about 40 km before this ride! Good work!





And here is the link to the translated blogpost.
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July Century Complete - Machka & Rowan (as usual)

We had decided to ride a century this weekend a few weeks ago, but this week has been very, very stressful at work for me, and by Friday night (yesterday) I wasn't sure if I was up for it. Rowan also sprained his wrist this week, and he wasn't sure he was up for it either. However, we thought we might give it a go, simply so that we would spend the day outside burning off some of the stress on a nice relaxing ride.

Originally we thought we might do a local loop route, each loop starting and ending at home, but several things changed our minds at the last minute. First, there was a cycling race event taking place on a good portion of one of the loops we thought we might do. Second, one of the features of the mountains in this part of Australia in the winter is fog. Lots and lots of thick, pea-soup, cold, damp fog. And this morning was no exception. We wanted warmth and sunshine! Third, we wanted to escape this shire where we live and work for a little while.

So, Rowan went to work very early this morning, and when he returned, we drove out of the mountains and into the flatlands and sunshine.

We got underway about 9:15 am, and set off for a particular town. We had not planned a route, but instead decided to play it by ear as we went along. We were into the wind the whole way there, hoping for a tailwind when we turned around. When we got to that town, we stopped by a bicycle shop and bought a rear light because we had forgotten to bring one, and we knew that it would be after dark by the time we finished. Fortunately, we arrived at the shop just in the nick of time. Shops here close quite early on weekends.

Then we had lunch at McDonalds. While having lunch, we decided to keep cycling the direction we were going to about the halfway point of the century, and then turn around and go back.

Shortly after we left that town, I started struggling with right knee pain (which started on a ride a couple weeks ago) and we stopped for a few minutes at a rest area looking over a lake ... a lake filled with water! When I moved here 2 years ago, many of these lakes were virtually dry because of the drought, but all the rain we've had in the past couple years has filled them up.

Shortly after we left that rest stop, our rear tire flatted, and Rowan discovered a tiny wire in the tire. I had thought that we were losing air in that tire for some time. It just didn't feel quite right. The break was good for my knee, and we made it all the way into the next town without any further problems.

We turned around on the far side of that town and were riding back toward town, when we were almost hit by a car which had pulled up at an intersection. It pulled up, stopped, waited, signalled to turn the same direction we were going ... and when we were right in front of it ... it went!! Rowan swerved the tandem and let fly with a deafening yell, followed by even more yelling. The car stopped suddenly right where we had been a few seconds before. We cycled slowly, waiting for it to come by us, but the driver decided to turn the other direction.

Just goes to show that bicycles are hidden in a cloaking device to make them invisible to drivers. We were riding a large bright blue tandem, Rowan was wearing a bright orange jacket, I was in an electric blue jacket. We weren't on a MUP or sidewalk, where drivers don't look. The driver should have seen us.

The trip back to where we parked the van was much faster than the outward bound trip. We had the tailwind we were hoping for!

As predicted, the sun went down as we neared the town where we started, and we rode about half an hour in the dark. So it was a good thing we had been able to get that rear light.

Overall it was a good ride, and very nice to spend the day outside.


Ride Info
-- 100 miles in 9 hours 10 minutes.

-- Temperature: start 3C, high 14.5C, evening 7C. Wind N28G39 km/h.

-- Euroa to Glenrowan and back on tandem.




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June centuries #2, 3 & 4:

2. 105.6 miles, 12.9mph, RARE R2K rally out of Hamlin Beach SP, into Rochester and back, great ride as always. Rode Volae Voyager recumbent

3. 100.13 miles, 10.97mph, 1st day of 6-day touring ride to Virginia, loaded, Ithaca to Herrick Center PA. Volae Voyager recumbent.

Susquehanna River, outside of Owego, NY, June 2011 century #3

4. 105.74 miles, 11.31mph, Day 4 of 6-day touring ride to Virginia, Douglassville, PA to Smyrna DE, loaded. Volae Voyager recumbent.


In French Creek State Park, PA, on June 2011 century #4
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Two July centuries so far:

1. 111.35 miles, avg 12.3mph. This was the last day of my 565 mile tour to Virginia, from Salisbury MD to Kiptopeke VA, a VERY flat ride. It was a beautiful day, sunny, breezy, I even added an extra 6 miles and took a short detour to Watchapreague on the shore. I did this century on my Volae Voyager recumbent, with rack bag and back panniers, and I have to say, riding a very flat 111 miles is much more pleasant and comfortable than on an upright!

Leaving Salisbury MD, along Riverside Drive


At Quimby Bridge, just south of Watchapreague


Finished! At the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel toll booths


Second July century ride: 105.57 miles, 14.96mph. I rode out to Homer on my own, then at Homer joined the STBC club ride around Skaneateles Lake, up 41A on the west side, lunch at the top of the lake in Skaneateles, back on Rt 41, then back home from Homer. Beautiful day and route; 4767 ft climbing. I did this century on my Felt road bike.

Might try for a third July century ride, depends on schedule and weather. I now have 67 century rides done since my first in Sept 2007, and 11 for the year.
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hi all. Is it too late to start? I see you die hards riding in middle of winter. Not looking forward to it, but it sounds like a good challenge. Did a 102mi ride yesterday, 129 in July, and 100 in April. How do you keep your feet warm in cold weather? Last winter was about the 2nd hardest winter anyone around here could remember- coldest, snowiest and longest. Thanks, MikeB
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August 6th was the Mt. Tam Double. 202 miles (for me since I went off course) and 14,500 feet. Here's a longer report.


Above the clouds of fog on Mt Tam

This is my first year doing the California Triple Crown and I ended up getting 6th in the stage race. I hope I'm able to participate again next year.
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August Century

August was a big one! I got company for this one and it was a blast! We started on the west coast of Finland and rode all the way to the Russian boarder on the east side of Finland! 414 km, 22 hours (including breaks).

I'm very proud of my friend that managed to ride 414 km on a borrowed bike (including saddle) and borrowed shoes!


Early start, 4:30 in the morning.


A lot of "in case of"-stuff...


"Early" arrival, 2:30 in the morning..
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Just completed our August century ... 161.75 km! Did the ride in lower mainland BC on the hottest day we've had here yet with a high of 29C. It was a beautiful ride with a variety of terrain and lots of great scenery. Rowan and I rode together for the whole century, and my father joined us for the last 40 km. That was really nice. Unfortunately, Rowan is recovering from a bad cold so he wasn't feeling very well for most of the ride ... but oddly, I was feeling really good.

I got a bit of a sunburn on my arms ... so I've got a headstart on the summer tan now.

We've done a reasonable amount of cycling in since we got here (Canada), and it has been great to ride with my father again.



Here are some photos of that century ...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...detail/?page=5
https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...detail/?page=6

Looking down the TransCanada highway ...




And some photos of the wood carvings (sort of like mini totem poles) in Hope, our turn-around point. I'll have photos of the big ones on Vancouver Island in a week or so.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...etail/?page=10




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Got another in this month.
117 mi 14.8avg
Started in 61F and finished into booming headwind and 95F. The heat and wind started really getting to me at about mile 90. Our son had a football game in another town and I rode half way there and my wife picked me up. I was 6 miles short of planned destination. Heat, narrow shoulder and 8-9 mph into headwind made it easy to jump in the car at that time.
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Sept century
Another football game, another 100+. Started into booming headwind. Eased off at mile 80. Some good climbs to boot.
126 miles
avg speed 13.3 mph
4892' climbing
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I got in two centuries in August:

1. Around Cayuga Lake and up through Montezuma wetlands, 101.33 miles, avg 16.18mph, the weather was beautiful. I love this ride!

2. A Flat Century -- 1700 ft of "climbing", from Sayre PA to Savona NY and back along NYS Bike Rt 17, 101.7 miles, avg 16.22mph, rode with my friend Denny. We stopped at the Savona Diner for lunch, then headed back to Sayre. Another beautiful day!
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Originally Posted by WMBIGS
hi all. Is it too late to start? I see you die hards riding in middle of winter. Not looking forward to it, but it sounds like a good challenge. Did a 102mi ride yesterday, 129 in July, and 100 in April. How do you keep your feet warm in cold weather? Last winter was about the 2nd hardest winter anyone around here could remember- coldest, snowiest and longest. Thanks, MikeB

Yes, unfortunately it is too late to start for this year ... these Century-A-Month challenges go from January to December, and then start again next year.

However, there's no reason you can't start doing centuries now to practice, and there is another thread where you can post them ... here:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...tury-Challenge


As for keeping your feet warm, here's a little article I wrote: https://www.machka.net/whatworks/coldfeet.htm
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Saturday 17 September - Rowan and I rode our September Century on our tandem - 161 km. Total time: 7:45. Ride time: 6:40.

Today was a lovely spring day - high of 23C, light cloud, and (surprisingly) tailwinds most of the day. We did have about 50 km into the headwinds, but not bad.

The route was one we had done before, except that we did it the opposite direction and we exchanged one road for another, quieter, one ... now that an old bridge there has opened again. It's a nice route ... quiet roads, a few little hills to keep things interesting, and very rural.

And we were in a race ... briefly. We almost kept up with the slower bunch up front.


Minor roadside repair ...


Kirwans Bridge - a historic bridge which was closed for a while, and needs repairs, but they decided it was all right for now and opened it in March ...


Machka ...
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As far as rules go . Would a ride 100 miles on my trainer be within the rules?
I live in Texas and we have has a lot of days over 100 degrees in a row. I am a Clyde and over 50. Also I don't have a vehicle to haul my bicycle around. Anywhere i go is by bicycle unless it is an organized weekend ride where i can have the car. (once a year)
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Originally Posted by Jamesw2
As far as rules go . Would a ride 100 miles on my trainer be within the rules?
I live in Texas and we have has a lot of days over 100 degrees in a row. I am a Clyde and over 50. Also I don't have a vehicle to haul my bicycle around. Anywhere i go is by bicycle unless it is an organized weekend ride where i can have the car. (once a year)
No ... trainers don't count for these sorts of challenges.

We have a lot of hot days here in Australia too ... and when I lived in Winnipeg, we had a lot of hot days, and also a lot of -40C/F types of days ... and when I did CAM challenges in Alberta, the cold was the challenging factor. But we all have some sort of weather issues to deal with some of the time.

Both hot and cold temperatures present challenges, but that's part of the game. And so are headwinds, rain, storms, hilly terrain, etc. etc. You get to pick what you hope will be the best day of the month in which to do your century ... outside ... and the route you want to do ... and then you do whatever it takes to get through the century.

If you go everywhere by bicycle, that's great! Ride somewhere that is 50 miles away, and then ride home and you'll have your century. The centuries don't have to be "organised". They just have to be 100 miles.



When I lived in Winnipeg, I had moments where I kind of wished trainer centuries counted too. Not because of the hot summers, but because of the cold winters. February 2003, it was actually relatively warm early in the month but for some reason I missed my opportunity to do a century and the only day left was toward the end of February. Unfortunately that was a very, very cold day ... here's the story ... https://www.machka.net/brevet/Coldest_Century.htm ... and I did successfully complete a Century-A-Month challenge that year.

Last edited by Machka; 09-18-11 at 07:33 AM.
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