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Old 05-25-06, 07:23 AM
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Does it still count at a 'Century' if.....

If it is all broken-up in pieces


Yesterday I took a 32 mile ride in the morning, then went home to help my Wife prepare the kids for school.

Then I rode another 10 miles to an appointment (after which I ate at (gasp) Mcdonalds).

I then rode home the 10 miles, and took the car to do a brief shopping (milk & bread)

Finally, (by this time it was the afternoon), I rode an additional 51 miles.

Total Milage for the day - 103 miles.
Total riding time - 6.5 hours

I would like to count this as my first century of the year, but being that it was so fragmented, I dont know if it counts.
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I personally wouldn't count it as a Century ride, strictly technically speaking! However, it indicates that a century is well within your capability! That's just me though, a century, technically speaking is a single ride, less than a day. Total ride time certainly qualifies though, and the average pace of 15.9 mph (~nearest tenth)
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Who's counting?

100+ miles in the same day, on several connected trips.
I'd call it a century.

added - on second thought, I'd count it a century but call it a "100 mile day".
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I wouldnt.
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Who's keeping track besides yourself?
You rode 100 miles in a day. Pretty darn impressive however you want to slice it up. Sure, there were some extended breaks, but it's still 100 miles.
Unless you're going for some kind of record number of century rides in a season, then why wouldn't you count it?

Most people get off the bike a few times to take a breather during a 100 mile ride anyway.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
I personally wouldn't count it as a Century ride, strictly technically speaking! However, it indicates that a century is well within your capability! That's just me though, a century, technically speaking is a single ride, less than a day. Total ride time certainly qualifies though, and the average pace of 15.9 mph (~nearest tenth)

I should also clarify that my time off the bike was quite short (20 min to get the kids off to school, 15 min at Mcdonalds, 20 min appointment and 15 min to buy milk & bread at the corner store) Total time off the bike - One hour 10 min.
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i say it counts.
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Personally, I prefer to define a century as 100 miles, completed within a 24-hour period of time, and done as "all-at-once" as possible.

Breaks are allowed, of course ..... but you do have to count them in your total time!! So if it were me, I might count that as a century, but my total time might be 12 or 15 hours or however long it took you to do all that.
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I just caught the part where you stopped and ate at McDonalds.
That has to be some kind of century ride record in itself...
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I guess it depends on who's counting. There's a tremendous range of difficulty in riding 100 miles.

There are plenty of organized Century rides that are artificially routed so as to be as easy as possible. These rides are far less difficult than choosing 100 miles of riding across any other roads in local areas.

In some cases rides are even setup to allow riders to use class I roads that they could not use if traffic were present. Great roads and pavement contribute to the easiness of these larger Centurys.

So you can see - there's no good way to claim a standard of difficulty or respect for achieving 100 miles when riding in so many differing conditions.

Call your 100 mile day whatever you want. It means as much or as little as you think it does.
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....mmmmmmmmmm........ NO!

Just kidding. It counts if you want it to.
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it counts.
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Who sets the definitions and rules for these things anyway? One hundred miles is 100 miles. So, you've done it.
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Originally Posted by jackb
Who sets the definitions and rules for these things anyway? One hundred miles is 100 miles. So, you've done it.
i set the rules. didn't you know?
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Originally Posted by Richard Cranium
I guess it depends on who's counting. There's a tremendous range of difficulty in riding 100 miles.

There are plenty of organized Century rides that are artificially routed so as to be as easy as possible. These rides are far less difficult than choosing 100 miles of riding across any other roads in local areas.

In some cases rides are even setup to allow riders to use class I roads that they could not use if traffic were present. Great roads and pavement contribute to the easiness of these larger Centurys.

So you can see - there's no good way to claim a standard of difficulty or respect for achieving 100 miles when riding in so many differing conditions.

Call your 100 mile day whatever you want. It means as much or as little as you think it does.
Maybe in your neck of the woods they are routed to be as easy as possible but most of the organized century rides I can think of around here do just the opposite!

Road quality, while it does play a factor in comfort on a ride, is definitely not a good measure of the difficulty of a ride. HOWEVER: there are other ways to measure difficulty; probably the biggest factor being the amount of climbing. For example, it's a safe bet that a "flat" 100 miles with, say, 1000 feet of climbing will be easier than one with 10,000 or more feet of climbing.

At any rate, I agree with your conclusion that the OP should call it whatever he wants; if it's important to be able to call 100 miles over the course of 12+ hours a "century", go for it. You're probably doing a lot more riding than your neighbors ever will, and it will be impressive to a lot of people whose idea of a long ride is around the block...twice
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Originally Posted by Machka
Personally, I prefer to define a century as 100 miles, completed within a 24-hour period of time, and done as "all-at-once" as possible.

Breaks are allowed, of course ..... but you do have to count them in your total time!! So if it were me, I might count that as a century, but my total time might be 12 or 15 hours or however long it took you to do all that.
I like that answer. It's funny how modern computers only count riding time. They'll say you did 40 miles in 2 hours when you know that coffee shop stop added 20 min on just there.
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I still want to know who's counting, and what are you trying to prove? Are you on bike-police probation or something? Why are you looking for approval from a bunch of keyboard jockeys who should probably be working anyway? In fact, I think I'd better get back to work!
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twas a century, so let it be written, so let it be done, et cetera, et cetera...
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Originally Posted by jackb
Who sets the definitions and rules for these things anyway? One hundred miles is 100 miles. So, you've done it.
Then i do one weekly.
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I would count it .......... people take breaks on long rides any way .........
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I think that driving the car in the middle ruins it. You should have gone to the get the groceries on your bike.
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let your conscience decide....
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To my mind, if you changed out of your cycling clothes it starts a new ride.
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Originally Posted by blue_nose
To my mind, if you changed out of your cycling clothes it starts a new ride.
So if I just never change... I could ride a multi-thousand mile ride. Of course, no one would want to be within a mile of me by then.

To the OP, as far as I'm concerned, you rode a century. Admittedly under somewhat non-typical century-riding circumstances.
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Originally Posted by blue_nose
To my mind, if you changed out of your cycling clothes it starts a new ride.
This is why we should bar Scottish Canucks from the US - too darned fashion-minded.

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