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I did my first century and it was brutal

Old 10-05-11, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
Long rides in head winds are a frequent Colorado experience, especially on The Plains or up canyons in the evenings, plus you're a mile or more above sea level.
If your not acclimated to mountain climbing, it will kick your butt just like high winds can. Of course I still would prefer a good mountain climb to strong headwinds anyday.
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Originally Posted by jbholcom View Post
I was in a group most of the ride, however I pulled a lot. The course was weird since there were 2 centuries, one with a mountain climb and the other without, and a metric. Each course had a different routes and crossed paths multiple times. There were people that I passed something like 4 times as they were doing the metric. It was very frustrating finding others to work with.
Congratulation but why the frustration? What's wrong with riding solo? Didn't you sign up by yourself in the first place?
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Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
Congratulation but why the frustration? What's wrong with riding solo? Didn't you sign up by yourself in the first place?
+1 to this. If there was a list of Roadie failure excuses "I had to ride by myself/I had nobody to work with" would definitely be in the number 1 spot.
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Did the Metric and found the clear skies and course made it a day to remember. The high winds were a challenge, but what century doesn't come with something to overcome? Congrats to the jbholcom on his good time in the full century. The event was well organized with excellent rest stops, etc. Kudos there!
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I'd be frustrated too. One of the great joys of cycling is working together in a nice paceline and it spoils the fun if there are folks who just won't pull through. It's one thing if you can't, but just refusing to take a pull is not cool.
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Old 10-05-11, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by newsman787 View Post
Did the Metric and found the clear skies and course made it a day to remember.
I couldn't tell you what the skies were like, my head was down and was in the drops for most of the ride.
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haha!!! And next time simply hop in the car, forget the drops and put your hands firmly on the wheel, pedal to the metal. You really won't even have to think about the sky at all nor the winds. You'll be through the Metric in just over an hour on those roads, the century in less than two hours. A real Sequatchie Valley Century record! haha
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