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View Poll Results: What best describes your attitude towards centuries?
Riding a bike 100 miles is nuts
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0.31%
I'd like to, but my body won't let me
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3.07%
Seems like a nice idea, but it's too much work
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2.45%
It's my goal to complete at least one
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30.06%
I've completed at least one
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27.30%
When I ride them, I try to improve my time
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21.78%
I prefer something more challengeng
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7.67%
Other
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7.36%
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What's your attitude towards centuries?

Old 07-08-08, 11:54 AM
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I try to do one organized one a year, but really, take or leave it.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Just riding 100 miles is not a big deal. Throw in a lot of climbing and it can get more interesting and challenging. Organized centuries are generally pretty lame, but I'll do them on occasion with other people.
I do 110 mile training rides 4-5 times each year. Calling a 100 mile ride a 'century' is so friggin Fred I really can't comment. Wait I just did.

There you have it.
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To me a "century" is an actual organized event.

I regard them as social events. Gives me a chance to have some folks to ride with, have somebody else figure out the route, and I don't have to worry so much about mechanical problems and things that can really get you when you are solo and unsupported.

Its basically a safe way to see some new ground and ride with some different folks.

but I've done them long enough now that I don't need to train or do anything special, I just go and ride so they aren't part of my "goals" or anything like the first one was. The first one gave me a real sense of accomplishment, though.

now I'm just a jaded roadie
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I voted Other...a century is just a 100 mile ride...nothing more, nothing less. If the event I wish to ride is 100 miles, cool. If the destination I want to get to is 100 miles, cool. If I feel like just riding and I end up with 100 miles, cool. What's the big deal?
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It's motivation for me to make time for riding. Scheduling a century in September helps me to focus on staying in condition. Scheduling the MS 150 in June helps me focus on riding all winter.

I know that I don't need to be in peak condition to "make it," but I'd rather do them well with no stress. I don't mind these organized rides because it's the only time I ride with other people.
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Old 07-08-08, 12:23 PM
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It makes a good milestone and that's about it. People who ride short distances are in awe. People who ride very long distances yawn. It's also a round number and people like round numbers. I doubt there is nearly as much talk in europe about doing 160.93 km rides.
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Just got back Sunday from doing 420 miles between Thursday and Sunday, solo.
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Originally Posted by veloGeezer View Post

now I'm just a jaded roadie
What other kind of roadie is there?
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Old 07-08-08, 12:35 PM
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Just got back Sunday from doing 420 miles between Thursday and Sunday, solo.
Lighten the F Up NR, that's too many miles.
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Old 07-08-08, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Lighten the F Up NR, that's too many miles.
Don't worry. You probably still have me beat for your yearly total.
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Old 07-08-08, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
What other kind of roadie is there?
I checked my Field Guide to Roadie Spotting and they also listed poser roadies, uptight roadies, and another subgroup they call "equipment *****s"

But I'm no biologist
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I do one every week, I just break it up in small chunks all week.

Actually I'd really like to do one just so I could be in the club with the guys that have, but I find it so darn frustrating when I start adding a longer rides every week to get my distance up only to have my schedule screw it up for the next couple of weeks. So I guess I'm satisfied with my 25 mile hard rides for now.
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I do one every week, I just break it up in small chunks all week.
Mind if I use that?
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Mind if I use that?
As long as you leave me the big chunks...I called dibs.
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For a racer, 100 miles is just a number. The more relevent issue is intensity. Organized centuries are social gatherings unless you get a group together to hammer. My hardest ride this year was a flat 80 miles, at the end of a ~300 mile week, and with 60-70 of those miles at very high intensity. I did a 105 mile ride which was hilly and competitive, but ended with me in pretty good shape. A couple weeks ago, I raced 100 miles (give or take; I don't trust my odometer to within a mile over those distances) which had three large hills before ending with a 7 mile climb. All these were group rides or races, not solo.

I generally don't do 100 miles by myself, just because sitting on my bike, by myself, for 5 and a half hours at a time is boring and there are better ways to train. I have never been part of an organized century put on by people other than my bike club; though I've "ninja rode" part of a century course with a few teammates (didn't take anything but a little water from the feed stations... honest).
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I'm working up to a 100 mi as it would be a nice sign of my progression. Heck, when you tell people you rode 50 miles most of them about fall over. Have other hobbies and obligations and am not a real "goal-oriented" cyclist though, so when it happens it will be cool and I'll be proud of myself but won't be anything more than that.
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I do a few organized centuries each year, used to do more but got tired of the long drive/motel thing. I'll do whatever my friends are doing most Saturdays. If it's 100 miles, fine.
I think I did 54 centuries in 1990, not organized, just rides of around 100 miles. For a few years I did a century every Saturday, at least.
If I do an organized event, I make sure to stop at all the food stops.

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If I'm paying to ride an organized century, I'm stopping at all the rest stops and filling up.

Just out riding ~100 miles? Hopefully I'm near a convenience store when the bottles run dry.


The one nice thing about organized centuries: The Scenery.
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I've never ridden a century, but I've done a few 50 milers. I can't find the time during the school year to put aside 5-6 hours straight to ride a century. I don't even see the point yet really. I won't be doing races that long, so I prefer to concentrate on doing shorter rides with a higher intensity. I'll probably do one at some point, probably a supported one or something.

I imagine it'll be fulfilling.
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I remember reading that Lance had a job, wife, and a kid as well ... He managed to ride quite a lot also.
"key word"
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Originally Posted by Romans8:28 View Post
"key word"
Yea... given all his endorsements and stuff, he is probably still making more per minute than I'm making per hour. He's pretty set for life, me thinks.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
correct.

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/botto/pantani/16_morti_descent.jpg[/IMG

then again, if you're actually paying attention to it, then you're obviously not riding hard enough.
Yeah, that's nice scenery, too, I guess.
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Originally Posted by The Micah View Post
I'd rather ride twice as hard for 50-70 miles on hills or mountains. Way more fun than just trying to complete a century.
It's more fun to average 20-24mph AND ride 100+ miles.
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It's more fun to average 20-24mph AND ride 100+ miles.
Well, it's a lot of things, many of them beneficial, but I think "fun" does not describe what you are attempting to describe. Perhaps afterwards over a plate of good food and good coffee.
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my attitude towards them is that they aren't long enough to go anywhere interesting.

and that's where 400k+ rides come in..
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