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Old 04-26-17, 02:11 PM
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LOL so true! when I went 50 miles straight for the 1st time, on my MTN bike, my bum got sore. Only then did I find out there were biking underwear (after venting to other bikers)!!!
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my butt wants to get off the saddle. I get all kinds of pain on my gluteus, perineum, testicles...

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Old 08-14-17, 05:50 PM
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Here is a video I made of a feed bag I use on centuries and double century rides. The bag can hold more than enough food to get me to the next rest stop. By eating all the while I ride, I can avoid the "Bonk". (url goes here)
OK, I finally had to watch this because of so many comments.

I have to concur, not only is the concept great AND simple, but the video production should have producers calling you by the dozen.

Salut!

edit: I can't "post URLS" apparently even though it was a quote, until I have 10 posts...
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Old 08-14-17, 06:20 PM
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I started riding again (after 30 years out of it) at the beginning of July.

Rode a 46 mile charity event this past weekend and decided it's not too much to go for the full century before Old Man Winter takes hold.

The longest previous ride I had done was 35 miles, but the 46 miles seemed easier and I felt better afterwards. The primary reason I attribute that to is grade. My 35 mile run, while less average climbing feet/mile, had several much steeper sections (12-15% versus 6-8%). While I do enjoy conquering hills, I will pick a less challenging route to hit the Century first time out.

I am thinking of trying a metric century this weekend. I have a route picked out* that has roughly the same total climbing feet at the 46 mile route (just under 3000) and a max grade of 8.1%.

I will bring (2) 1 Liter water bottles and some food, and plan to stop at at least (2) country/general stores for more water/supplies as needed. My RideWithGPS app tells me it should take about 4:45, so I will be happy to finish in 5:30 with 3 or maybe 4 stops.

*Where I live is at the top of a hill. No matter which direction you come at it from (there are about 5 altogether) there is no easy way home with grades up to 16%. So I will truck my bike down to the valley for my start. I don't mind hills (actually like them), but NOT at the very end of a run. My name is not Alberto and I weigh 210#.
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Old 08-19-17, 09:14 PM
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if you can ride 100km without falling apart, you can easily do 160km. Work up to that distance first. And on any distance ride, don't think about the whole thing at once, just to the next food stop or some intermediate goal like that. Randonneurs commonly ride 600km in less than 40 hours. I don't think anyone thinks about that whole distance at once. I am usually pretty happy when I hit the 200km mark, generally trying not to think about the fact that I have to ride another 200km before I sleep and 400km before I'm done. I'd rather let that happy fact sneak up on me over time.
When I rode brevets (my longest ever was a 300km) I used to set my GPS to tell me the distance until the next control. Sometimes it was depressing to realise I was flagging and still had 30km to go but it meant I was never presented with "you've cycled 173km so far" with the associated "so don't be surprised if everything hurts".
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Old 08-22-17, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
if you can ride 100km without falling apart, you can easily do 160km. Work up to that distance first...
This is good to read. I have a charity ride coming up in mid-September and I'm psyching myself out because it is 4 (imperial) Centuries over 4 days (fully supported and with a group of mixed experience riders). I can "easily" do a metric Century (not fast, in about 3.5hrs of cycling time) but it has been a while since I've done a full Century (2 years ago but after 5 previous days of approximately 650km total distance so my legs were in good condition by the time the Century day came around).

I need this type of encouragement to keep my head in the game.
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Old 08-23-17, 08:30 AM
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I can "easily" do a metric Century (not fast, in about 3.5hrs of cycling time)
That's about 28.5 kp/h, which if the course is not totally flat, is pretty fast by my standards. On most of my long rides (100 mi and more) I don't even average the brevet minimum of 15 km/h, admittedly usually in hilly terrain. If a distance feels too hard, you can always drop the pace a notch or two
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Never done one or care to, but am a ham and do SAG on supported fund raiser rides. Mostly on Maryland's Eastern shore, hot, flat, humid. The killer is hydration, if you ain't peeing at every rest stop, you ain't getting the hydration. Personally watched healthy, strong, fit people just fall over. That and sunburn. Good luck, go at your own pace.


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Originally Posted by joewein View Post
That's about 28.5 kp/h, which if the course is not totally flat, is pretty fast by my standards. On most of my long rides (100 mi and more) I don't even average the brevet minimum of 15 km/h, admittedly usually in hilly terrain. If a distance feels too hard, you can always drop the pace a notch or two
OK, I must have made a mistake with the time, perhaps 3:45 as my average pace is closer to 26.0-27.5kmh.

The ride I'm talking about is fully supported so all we're carrying is a bit of snack food, water, tube, pump/CO2, tools, cell phone and some will carry a rain jacket if the weather is iffy but I'll just either flag the SAG for my jacket if it gets rainy or endure the rain as it shouldn't be cold.
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Originally Posted by FlamsteadHill View Post
I am thinking of trying a metric century this weekend. I have a route picked out that has roughly the same total climbing feet at the 46 mile route (just under 3000) and a max grade of 8.1%.

I will bring (2) 1 Liter water bottles and some food, and plan to stop at at least (2) country/general stores for more water/supplies as needed. My RideWithGPS app tells me it should take about 4:45, so I will be happy to finish in 5:30 with 3 or maybe 4 stops.
So it ended up being 63.6 miles (102.4 km) and I did it in 4:54 with 0:22 stops (2 roughly 10 minute rests plus a couple traffic related). 13.7 mph overall, 14.0 mph average moving.

Looking towards my full Century now.
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Originally Posted by FlamsteadHill View Post
So it ended up being 63.6 miles (102.4 km) and I did it in 4:54 with 0:22 stops (2 roughly 10 minute rests plus a couple traffic related). 13.7 mph overall, 14.0 mph average moving.

Looking towards my full Century now.
Nice!!! Good work
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