Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway
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Old 02-06-06, 01:45 PM
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century or century*?

Sunday I cycled 101 miles. 26 outside, 50 on rollers, 25 outside.

I know this is a century, but is it a century, or a century with an *?

(outside temp started at 17F, warmed to 25F. Wind NW at 15-20 mph.) After the first 26 I thought I had frostbite on my toes, hence the indoor miles. Final 25 was slightly better.
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Call it whatever you want to call it. You're the one that did it.

Personally, I'd simply be happy to got to ride outside at all in WI in Feb.

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that's 23.48 snickers worth of riding!
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I personally only count outdoor centuries ... completely outdoor centuries. In fact, I only count outdoor rides in general.
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A century is 100 miles outdoors.

(so the 50 miles you did indoors on the trainer while watching the SuperBowl, eating pizza and guzzling beer does not count )
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mileage is not accurate on indoor trainers because there is no wind resistance...

doh!
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I wouldn't count it.

Nevertheless, you still got a good workout in. That's what it's really all about.
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Frostbite should not stop you from completing a full century outdoors. grow up and be a man about the pain. It is not like you need your toes anyway!
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A Century is an organized event that goes for 100 miles. If you finish without getting dropped by the pack you have ridden a Century.
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Originally Posted by WorldWind
A Century is an organized event that goes for 100 miles. If you finish without getting dropped by the pack you have ridden a Century.
?????

A century does not have to be an organized event, nor does a person have to ride with anyone. It is, however, 100 miles and should be completed as "all at once" as possible.


http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ca-g.html#century
http://www.ultracycling.com/standings/year-rounder.html
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I'll go with century* because: You started on the road with the (apparent) intent of doing it all on the road. You only stopped because it would have meant serious injury. And you did the indoors part on rollers--not a trainer.
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Who cares?

If they want to call it a century then call it that, if not then don't call it that..>!

Simple!
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Originally Posted by WorldWind
A Century is an organized event that goes for 100 miles.
On Jan 18th before I went to bed, I filled my bento box with 2 clif bars, and a couple Emergen-c packs. I dropped in my cell phone. I mounted my GPS between my aero bars for posterity. I needed to get up before 7 to get the bike on the road at 8. I rechecked my "cue sheet" on the GPSr and off to bed. I woke up, ate a healthy bowl of cereal and a glass of milk. I got dressed, and put the bike outside. I dropped the kids off at school in biking gear and came home. When I got home, I threw on the shoes and mounted the bike. I turned on the audio book and commenced to ride this route solo. (http://www.magnalox.net/log/no.php?f...1&sid=2bc1fad1) 162.1km on the cyclocomputer. 160.1 km on the GPS, 159.66km on the magnalox for track reduction.

Lesse... I was organized, and it was 100 miles. Yep, I guess that counts! Phew.
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Originally Posted by NomadVW
On Jan 18th before I went to bed, I filled my bento box with 2 clif bars, and a couple Emergen-c packs. I dropped in my cell phone. I mounted my GPS between my aero bars for posterity. I needed to get up before 7 to get the bike on the road at 8. I rechecked my "cue sheet" on the GPSr and off to bed. I woke up, ate a healthy bowl of cereal and a glass of milk. I got dressed, and put the bike outside. I dropped the kids off at school in biking gear and came home. When I got home, I threw on the shoes and mounted the bike. I turned on the audio book and commenced to ride this route solo. (http://www.magnalox.net/log/no.php?f...1&sid=2bc1fad1) 162.1km on the cyclocomputer. 160.1 km on the GPS, 159.66km on the magnalox for track reduction.

Lesse... I was organized, and it was 100 miles. Yep, I guess that counts! Phew.

Oh yes!! Then all my centuries have been organized too ... and also we weren't dropped by the pack! After all each of us comprised the entire pack ourselves. So our centuries count!!
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
that's 23.48 snickers worth of riding!
^^101 / 4.3^^

I'm going to say that you did much more than a century, because every mile on rollers or a trainer is so excruciatingly boring and dreadful.
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Originally Posted by NomadVW
Lesse... I was organized, and it was 100 miles. Yep, I guess that counts! Phew.
Darn it! I'm not very organized. I have to taste test to see which bottle has gatorade and which one has water. My cell phone, tools, and $20 bill all get jammed in the seat bag any way they fit. And some days I don't even know which way I'm going when I get started.

I guess none of my rides count.
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^^^That's okay... the rule is that it should be "organized", not that it should be "very organized". Since you have things jammed in a seat bag (rather than being left at home by mistake), you're organized, even if barely so. Saved by a technicality.
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And were you at the back of your little one man pace line the whole time? Who did you sprint to the next marker with?

I caught a game at BankOne the last time I went to the city. I got there early and had a beer out in the lot before I went in. It wasn’t really a tailgate party.

Putting on a cocktail dress and listening to a cd of Swan Lake in your living room is not the same as going to Lincoln Center.

Road cycling is different than mountain biking in that its roots are deeply team sport oriented as opposed to an individual pitted agenst a mountain pitted agenst another man pitted agenst a mountain.

I just didn’t want us to lose sight of that aspect of it. I certainly do not aim to belabor your training miles as insignificant in any way.
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Why does one have to care about sprinting to enjoy road cycling? Why does "the pack" and "getting dropped" (or lack thereof) matter if it's not a race?
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Question for you WorldWind ..... why do you think a person has to ride with another person in order for the ride to "count"? After all, it is often more difficult to do these things solo. Those of us who ride solo don't have anyone to draft off of, we "pull" the entire time.

A century is a 100 mile ride. It doesn't matter who you do it with, or without. It doesn't matter where you ride. It doesn't matter if the ride is put on by a club, or if it is completed on a route designed by yourself.

Some of us don't have any centuries organized by a club in our areas ... but we can still ride 100 miles and have it count as a century. The UMCA considers them valid. BigDogs considers them valid. Bicycling Mag LD forum considers them valid ... and so do several other forums.

A century is NOT a race. A century is a ride. It is not even a timed event, with the limitation that most are completed within a 24 hour period of time and as "all at once" as possible.
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When your riding on rollers or on a trainer you DO NOT travel any distance therefor your just spinning your tire(s) getting a good work out.
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...plus a century requires that a hundred runs be scored by a single batsman
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Originally Posted by Machka
Question for you WorldWind ..... why do you think a person has to ride with another person in order for the ride to "count"? After all, it is often more difficult to do these things solo. Those of us who ride solo don't have anyone to draft off of, we "pull" the entire time.

A century is a 100 mile ride. It doesn't matter who you do it with, or without. It doesn't matter where you ride. It doesn't matter if the ride is put on by a club, or if it is completed on a route designed by yourself.

Some of us don't have any centuries organized by a club in our areas ... but we can still ride 100 miles and have it count as a century. The UMCA considers them valid. BigDogs considers them valid. Bicycling Mag LD forum considers them valid ... and so do several other forums.

A century is NOT a race. A century is a ride. It is not even a timed event, with the limitation that most are completed within a 24 hour period of time and as "all at once" as possible.
I'm w/ Machka on this. I've done centuries w/ a paceline and centuries by myself. In all cases, the solo ones seemed much harder.
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...plus a century requires that a hundred runs be scored by a single batsman
ha ha ha
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