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The Flattest Century of the East

Old 04-21-07, 06:46 AM
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The Flattest Century of the East

I'll be riding this year. If anyone in the area wants to assemble a group ride then let me know...

Sunday Sept. 9th will be Southern New England's annual century ride. Limit to 1,800 riders. Registration starts May 1st. Last year registration met full capacity on May 18th so sign up ASAP if you wish to ride. More details at https://www.nbwclub.org/
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Originally Posted by Ryleeryno
I'll be riding this year. If anyone in the area wants to assemble a group ride then let me know...

Sunday Sept. 9th will be Southern New England's annual century ride. Limit to 1,800 riders. Registration starts May 1st. Last year registration met full capacity on May 18th so sign up ASAP if you wish to ride. More details at https://www.nbwclub.org/
I don't know... I think the Seagull Century down here in MD might contest it for the title of flattest century...
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I have no idea why my club calls it the Flattest Century of the East. I think its because of the route we take being mainly coastal with very little hills. Maybe they just named it "Flattest" to make it sound easier to ride.
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The biggest "hill" on the Seagull is one bridge, so they sound quite similar.
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the flattest century was down here last month in and around the everglades.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
The biggest "hill" on the Seagull is one bridge, so they sound quite similar.
so you may beat the Montauk Century.

Two bridges... (Three if you do the 145 miles!)
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I don't know... I think the Seagull Century down here in MD might contest it for the title of flattest century...
Hancock Horizontal Hundred in Findlay, Ohio - the closest thing to a hill is a freeway overpass.
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Originally Posted by Ryleeryno
I have no idea why my club calls it the Flattest Century of the East. I think its because of the route we take being mainly coastal with very little hills. Maybe they just named it "Flattest" to make it sound easier to ride.
A long time ago when they named it, that was a good name. That whole area is flater than any place nearby except maybe the Cape.

It's not supposed to be the flattest. Just the flattest in the east. It certainly is in New England.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
Hancock Horizontal Hundred in Findlay, Ohio - the closest thing to a hill is a freeway overpass.
Hey, for big boys like me that's a mountain stage.
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That still makes me laugh!
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Originally Posted by DrPete
The biggest "hill" on the Seagull is one bridge, so they sound quite similar.
Seagull is extremely flat but usually very windy and wet. I walked my bike over that bridge during the 2006 ride and had to hold on as the wind tried to pick it up.
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Originally Posted by robtown
Seagull is extremely flat but usually very windy and wet. I walked my bike over that bridge during the 2006 ride and had to hold on as the wind tried to pick it up.
I rode my bike over, but had to "lean" sideways into the wind. Needless to say, I kept waiting for one really large gust to pick me and my bike up and toss us over the metal railing.
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Originally Posted by Ryleeryno
I have no idea why my club calls it the Flattest Century of the East. I think its because of the route we take being mainly coastal with very little hills. Maybe they just named it "Flattest" to make it sound easier to ride.
They called it the "Flattest Century in the East" because when they first started doing the ride, it was the flattest century in the east.

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It's not supposed to be the flattest. Just the flattest in the east. It certainly is in New England.
I'm not sure if TFCE is the flattest New England century anymore. The Tri-State Seacoast Century (out of Hampton Beach, NH) would have my vote for the flattest in New England.

But yeah, neither of those rides comes close to the epic flatness of the Seagull Century. But as others have said, the Seagull can be an absolute suffer-fest if the wind picks up.
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Originally Posted by KevinF
They called it the "Flattest Century in the East" because when they first started doing the ride, it was the flattest century in the east.



I'm not sure if TFCE is the flattest New England century anymore. The Tri-State Seacoast Century (out of Hampton Beach, NH) would have my vote for the flattest in New England.

But yeah, neither of those rides comes close to the epic flatness of the Seagull Century. But as others have said, the Seagull can be an absolute suffer-fest if the wind picks up.
I agree the The Tri-State Seacoast Century is flater, I should have emphasised "was". TFCE was once upon a time.
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Lets get off the "flattest" issue. They know its not anymore and kept the name. Get over it.

I did it last year for the first time, and the last. Here is my assessment, although some things would likely be different from year to year.

-$30?? Way to expensive for crappy food at the rest stops. Well at least there's the crappy T-shirt.

-I knew the roads in the area, and they were as I expected. Lot of very rough asphalt made with shells or tar and gravel reseal. Even with a great vibration absorbing frame it got a little too much, and felt very slow in sections.

-So many people. I thought this would be great. There were 6 times more than the other century I did last year, and still it was the loneliest ride I've done. About 60 miles were spent riding alone. I passed lots and lots, and was passed a few times, but couldn't find anyone going about the same pace but for those 40 miles. Everytime a good group would form they would have yet another mandatory rest stop and break it up (this is likely to change from year to year depending on when you start). Rides when 500 people start at once are never lonely and always a group to be found. TFCE has 1800 people starting over 3 hours and it was slim pickings. They would be better off releasing packs every 15 minutes allowing groups to form better.

All in all - big dissappointment. Your results may obviously vary. If the winds aren't bad and you can find a group for a good portion of it then sub 5-hour ride times are easily in reach.

Much better centuries - Climb to the Clouds and Kings Tour of Quabbin.

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$30?? Way to expensive for crappy food at the rest stops. Well at least there's the crappy T-shirt. <snip>
is it a fundraiser? I dont' mind paying an entry fee for a fundraiser.
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Originally Posted by KevinF
They called it the "Flattest Century in the East" because when they first started doing the ride, it was the flattest century in the east.



I'm not sure if TFCE is the flattest New England century anymore. The Tri-State Seacoast Century (out of Hampton Beach, NH) would have my vote for the flattest in New England.

But yeah, neither of those rides comes close to the epic flatness of the Seagull Century. But as others have said, the Seagull can be an absolute suffer-fest if the wind picks up.
Actually there's another but smaller Maryland ride that goes in Delaware as well and essentially follows the same route but further north. It's as flat as the Seagull but doesn't have the bridge. It's the Bay to Bay on June 17 that goes from Betterton (on the Cheaspeake) to the Delaware Bay and back.
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Originally Posted by Hambone
is it a fundraiser? I dont' mind paying an entry fee for a fundraiser.

No, not a fundraiser of any kind.
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I'm doing the Montauk Century on Long Island soon .. i heard it was mostly flats with a nice tailwind
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Rode the Bay to Bay yesterday. Well, i got to Woodland Beach and had to get sagged because of broken wheel that couldnt be field repaired. Kind of a bummer, the weather was great, I was feeling good, riding solo with a nice 19 mph avg going at zone 3 HR pace, tunes playing on the Sansa. I may come out here by myself and take another stab at this century in a couple weeks.

Bay to Bay is flat, but the the Seagull Century is flatter.
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Originally Posted by Hambone
so you may beat the Montauk Century.

Two bridges... (Three if you do the 145 miles!)
it's only flat until you hit Montauk, then it's rolling hills pretty much from the start of Montauk until you hit the lighthouse, if you go out to the lighthouse like myself and everyone else i know does. it's nothing major, but i wouldn't say it's totally flat, and they do start to hurt as you get closer to the lighthouse because they start to hit you at around the 96 mile mark. the bike leg of the Mighty Man Half tri out there is no joke, it's the toughest bike leg of any tri on long island...
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The Farmlands Century is an early season (May), flat ride in Monmouth County, NJ.
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Originally Posted by FatguyRacer
Rode the Bay to Bay yesterday. Well, i got to Woodland Beach and had to get sagged because of broken wheel that couldnt be field repaired. Kind of a bummer, the weather was great, I was feeling good, riding solo with a nice 19 mph avg going at zone 3 HR pace, tunes playing on the Sansa. I may come out here by myself and take another stab at this century in a couple weeks.

Bay to Bay is flat, but the the Seagull Century is flatter.

YES, the Seagull is flatter!! By the way,I rode the Bay to Bay yesterday too. 19.5 from Betterton to Woodland Beach .On the turnaround it became evident why the ride had been so effortless to that point. The breeze was on the nose all the way back and picked up as the day went on. The 19.5 dropped to 17.5 by the end of the day. While it was a beautiful day, my bike computer thermometer was indicating 95 degrees at around 1 pm. It may have been a little high. Nonetheless it was a delightful ride.
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