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Old 04-01-13, 10:51 AM
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TFCE registration now open for NBW members only.

Just a PSA for members. Early registration for "The Flattest Century in the East" is now open, and only available on the NBW members-only page on the website. For those who may have been out of the loop over the winter, the log-in and password has been changed, and you need your NBW member number to register. Entry fees are slightly higher this year---$27.50 compared to $25. Plus a $3 or so "convenience fee". The new log-in and password are listed inside the Spoke'n Word newsletter. Member numbers are on the mailing label, and are also listed on the member page on the NBW site.

Non-members will have to wait until May 1, and last year, the event was filled on the first day of general registration. There's a strict 2000 rider limit. The event will almost certainly not fill during members-only registration, but delaying beyond the first day of open registration is risky. I know a lot of people stay up until midnight on May 1 to register at the first opportunity.

You snooze, you loose.
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Old 04-11-13, 07:39 PM
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I threw my hat into the ring. This will be my first century, unless I complete one beforehand, which might happen.

After all of the good things I have heard, I am looking forward to it.
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I threw my hat into the ring. This will be my first century, unless I complete one beforehand, which might happen.

After all of the good things I have heard, I am looking forward to it.
This was my first century too, 26 years ago. We've done it almost every year since. You should enjoy it , it's the most organized, best run century in the northeast.
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Old 04-12-13, 11:06 AM
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I threw my hat into the ring. This will be my first century, unless I complete one beforehand, which might happen.

After all of the good things I have heard, I am looking forward to it.
It's well run, and well supported. Just be aware that it's 30 miles before the first rest stop, and the last one is also 30 miles from the finish. Rest stops are at 30-50-70 for the century.

Despite the name, there's around 3000' of climbing. Almost all of it is rolling hills, with one short but steep hill, "Crapo Hill", on Quonapoag near the landfill, and a long, gradual climb out from the mouth of the Westport River. Depending on any changes, you get to zip down the 8% grade short hill on Hix Bridge Rd. in Westport.
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Old 04-12-13, 03:15 PM
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I'm familiar with the portion of the route through Tiverton, Little Compton, and some of Westport.

I actually live in Portsmouth, and if the new bike lane on the bridge is open by then, I am considering riding to/from the century. If my math is right, it would add an additional 40 miles, but I think it would be pretty cool to do it without having to use a vehicle.
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Originally Posted by Chief Brody View Post
I'm familiar with the portion of the route through Tiverton, Little Compton, and some of Westport.

I actually live in Portsmouth, and if the new bike lane on the bridge is open by then, I am considering riding to/from the century. If my math is right, it would add an additional 40 miles, but I think it would be pretty cool to do it without having to use a vehicle.
We have a ride in Tiverton tomorrow, starting at 10 from the Park n Ride on Fish Road.
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I wish I had caught this first. I actually did the ride today. I think it went well for my first group ride. I was shocked by how many folks showed up.
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Old 04-22-13, 10:19 AM
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I did the ride with NBW in North Scituate yesterday. The hills were kind of brutal. So much so that I had to drop 5 miles off the ride at the end and use the last bail out option. A crazy ride for so early in the season for sure. I'll be back next Sunday for the Diamond Hill ride. I have never had the urge to ride a century but have worked TFCE a couple of times.
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Old 04-25-13, 11:14 AM
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I was on the Scituate ride also. It was fun for a while. As usual, I stand and crank hard over the rollers and as usual, I burn out pretty quick. I don't have my climbing chops developed yet for this season.
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I was on the Scituate ride also. It was fun for a while. As usual, I stand and crank hard over the rollers and as usual, I burn out pretty quick. I don't have my climbing chops developed yet for this season.
It was a feisty ride on Sunday - the lead pack for the long route got up to speed quick and never really let up, especially in the hills. A lot of people that are usually on the front fell off the pace. The flatter courses are sometimes a little more civilized.
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Old 04-26-13, 02:21 PM
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Funny that you mention a civilized pace. Ted Schwartz, the club president made an announcement to the effect of beginning the first mile of so of the ride at a civilized pace. I can't think of a single reason that his start up pace should be followed by anyone else. Any insight on that from club members here? As it turned out, I maintained a "civilized" pace all the way.
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Old 04-26-13, 08:49 PM
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I wasn't there, but the general rule is that the starter sends out the "faster riders" first. Those being 18 mph average or greater.

Sometimes the starter staggers the start into 3 groups---18+, then 15-18, then "everyone else". The last two rides I went to, though, it was 18+ and then "everyone else".

The last group ride I did was in Tiverton, and the first mile and a half is all downhill. I went out with the faster group, and we were flying. But that's a fairly flat, fast course to start with.

Ted usually isn't the starter. No clue why he would request a "civilized pace" for the first mile.
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Old 04-27-13, 07:32 PM
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So just how fast are the 18+ mph riders?

The Tiverton ride was the first one I went on, and I figured I should get the lay of the land first before jumping into the deep end. But, because they only did two groups, it took me about 20 minutes to make my way through the "everyone else" group before it opened up a bit.
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So just how fast are the 18+ mph riders?

The Tiverton ride was the first one I went on, and I figured I should get the lay of the land first before jumping into the deep end. But, because they only did two groups, it took me about 20 minutes to make my way through the "everyone else" group before it opened up a bit.
That's why I decided to go out at the tail end of the fast group.

There are some racers that do the rides---guys in the 22-25 range, or even higher. Several that wear some Columbian team kits.
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I know for a fact that some of the fast folks are riding at 20 mph+ as the average. Last year, on a ride beginning over near New Bedford somewhere, not having driven to that start point in the past, I allowed plenty of time for getting lost plus I usually arrive early anyway. Well, I allowed way to much time and found myself waiting at 9 AM for the 10 AM start. Plain hanging around is not my top skill so I started my 46 mile ride. Exactly two hours later I stopped at an intersection to drink from my water bottle and noticed the speedo calculated 22 miles. A moment later I heard a shout of "On your left" and then a big whoosh, whoosh as about 10 riders went by and a moment after that another pack of about 8 riders. Since they started at the usual 10 AM time and had covered the same distance I had in only one hour, there average speed was 22 mph.
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I know for a fact that some of the fast folks are riding at 20 mph+ as the average. Last year, on a ride beginning over near New Bedford somewhere, not having driven to that start point in the past, I allowed plenty of time for getting lost plus I usually arrive early anyway. Well, I allowed way to much time and found myself waiting at 9 AM for the 10 AM start. Plain hanging around is not my top skill so I started my 46 mile ride. Exactly two hours later I stopped at an intersection to drink from my water bottle and noticed the speedo calculated 22 miles. A moment later I heard a shout of "On your left" and then a big whoosh, whoosh as about 10 riders went by and a moment after that another pack of about 8 riders. Since they started at the usual 10 AM time and had covered the same distance I had in only one hour, there average speed was 22 mph.
For the hilly ride on April 21st the front pack was around 20.6 mph.

It depends on the weather, terrain, and who shows up, but that's probably about normal once the weather warms up and people get in shape. 22.4 mph on a flat course is about the highest I can remember for an NBW Sunday ride but I'm not there every week. Winter rides are usually slower.

With a few exceptions, Cat 4's and 5's of various ages comprise the usual suspects.
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Well, this weekend will feature a century and a double metric starting 2 hours ahead of the shorter rides--including a 75 miler that covers most of the longer courses. I'm planning on doing the century. It's a pretty flat ride, and guys are rounding into shape. I wonder how many pace lines doing the 75 miler will catch me on the century?

I know there were a few people who averaged between 20-22 for last fall's TFCE. I averaged 17.7 according to Strava. I did get passed occasionally between rest stops. But TFCE is a show and go, after check-in, and riders start at various times.
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Did anyone ride yesterday?

The terrain was a nice change of pace for me, but I thought the road surfaces were terrible. Was that just me?

I went out with the fast group and was hanging in there until the first long descent. I went about as fast as I was comfortable, but just could not keep up with the group. I got stuck at an busy intersection shortly thereafter, so there was no hope of chasing them back. I rode most of the way solo and finally hooked up with a couple of guys with about 10 miles to go.

I averaged 17.4 mph yesterday. I probably could have done better, but I was happy given the distance and terrain.
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Signed up for a race this Sunday early in the season but if I could do it over I'd just ride the NBW Century or Double this weekend. Likely to be a fast but steady long ride and it's sure to be good fun. Kind of bummed about missing out on it.

Skipped yesterday's NBW to scout the course for the Blue Hills Classic this coming Sunday and recover from the Quabbin Road Race on Saturday.

I'll be back for Ray Young's ride on the 12th. I suspect that one will be a workout with everyone furiously trying to drop each other every time the road goes up.
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Did anyone ride yesterday?

The terrain was a nice change of pace for me, but I thought the road surfaces were terrible. Was that just me?

I went out with the fast group and was hanging in there until the first long descent. I went about as fast as I was comfortable, but just could not keep up with the group. I got stuck at an busy intersection shortly thereafter, so there was no hope of chasing them back. I rode most of the way solo and finally hooked up with a couple of guys with about 10 miles to go.

I averaged 17.4 mph yesterday. I probably could have done better, but I was happy given the distance and terrain.
I did a group ride sponsored by the Mass Bay Road Club up on the South Shore yesterday. Not a lot of people on the ride. They had a 50 and a 30. It was more of a social ride, with the main group kind of staying together. When the course split, I turned off onto the 50 route, and never saw another rider, until about 5 miles from the end, after the routes rejoined, when I passed a couple of slow people doing the 30.

Actually, some of that route is on the same roads as the longer rides on the NBW century/double metric, so they'll look familiar come the weekend. The upcoming ride is freshly arrowed.
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Final bump/heads-up: as of 10:30 this morning, the first day of open registration, there were 1539 riders registered. There's a strict 2000 rider limit, and member or not, this it is. Last chance, and for all I know, it may already be filled.
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