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FL Riders - Anyone doing the Horrible Hundred?

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FL Riders - Anyone doing the Horrible Hundred?

I am thinking of doing the 75 mile route; anyone else going to Clermont for this year's edition? I am thinking a BF "familiarization" ride might be in order for this year...
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Although it's fairly close by, I have a general policy against doing any ride with the words "horrible" or "death" (Death Before Dismount) in the title. :-)
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Wouldn't any 100 mile ride in Florida qualify as the Horrible Hundred? That's too grueling for you? Is it all the climbing? You're doing the Metric Horrible Hundred? What will your average speed be?
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I'll be there. Looking forward to it. I have no idea why they say "mountains" on the website.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
Wouldn't any 100 mile ride in Florida qualify as the Horrible Hundred? That's too grueling for you? Is it all the climbing? You're doing the Metric Horrible Hundred? What will your average speed be?
You should come and try it out, I think you would be surprised how hilly the route is.

I will shoot for a 12.98 mph average speed, but expect to average at least double that if I ride with my aero wheels on.
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I'm anti-hill.
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If I'm in town and the usual bums from here are going, I'll be along. (How's that for non-committal?) I'm headed on a bunch of travel shortly and I'm too lazy to look up the date right now.
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It is on November 20th.
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I'll be there doing the hundred. Will be my first time riding it so not sure what to expect.
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Originally Posted by EdIsMe
I'll be there doing the hundred. Will be my first time riding it so not sure what to expect.
Expect the route to be 100 miles!

Originally Posted by Velo Gator
I'm anti-hill.
They are not even hills. They are more like tiny short bridges.

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I am thinking of doing the 75 mile route; anyone else going to Clermont for this year's edition? I am thinking a BF "familiarization" ride might be in order for this year...
I'll likely do the 75 too, but we'll see. There is usually a group (10-15) from this town that goes yearly. Apparently they find the 2 hr drive to be "brutal", so they usually spend the night in a hotel the night before! There is an organized ride the day before if I remember correctly, so you might want to check into it.

It is a shame that the GranFondo Miami is in the same day. If they had been different dates, I might have signed up for it too despite hating to ride in Miami with every fiber in my being. Why does a ride that is looking to bring in large numbers of riders in the state and from out of state (grandfondo) would choose to do their first event on the same date as one of the oldest and largest rides in the state is beyond me!!
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Originally Posted by patentcad
Wouldn't any 100 mile ride in Florida qualify as the Horrible Hundred? That's too grueling for you? Is it all the climbing? You're doing the Metric Horrible Hundred? What will your average speed be?

I like it! The "Kinda Horrible Seventy-Five" doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?

Either way, watch out for those steep 150 foot climbs.

Both of them.
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Riding the rolling hills weekly that are along the course I can tell you its not so much the steepness of the hills, but the total number of hills on the ride. Over a 100 miles it adds up. I have seen riders who ride hills regularly humbled by the ride.
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I'll probably be there with a couple of friends.
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I will be there. Looking at my data from last year, it was around 3600 feet of climbing over 100 miles. For Florida, that is fairly hilly. If you aren't fit, you'll feel it by the end.
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I wanted to do that one but my cycling team has done so many charity rides lately that it's getting quite expensive, especially with the mandatory fund raising requirements. We are doing the Moffitt Cure On Wheels on November 5th from Flatwoods Park. If any of you central Florida guys are around the Tampa area on the 6th of November, stop by Flatwoods Park for Bike Bash and bring your bikes. It's an all day event with plenty of vendors and all sorts of things to do. I'll be helping out with the event, so drop by and say "Hi!"
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I'll be doing the Horrible Hundred if I can get the proper kitchen pass. Shouldn't be too horrible after Six Gaps.

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We are doing the Moffitt Cure On Wheels on November 5th from Flatwoods Park.
I'll also be doing the Cure on Wheels century event.
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Originally Posted by dgasmd
Expect the route to be 100 miles!
The first time I did the century, my computer indicated 100 miles and I was saddened to look around and not see the finish line. It turns out the route was more like 103 miles, at least according to my computer.

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They are not even hills. They are more like tiny short bridges.
Yes, but about 50 of them. And Sugarloaf about 80 miles into the ride hurts.

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I'll likely do the 75 too, but we'll see. There is usually a group (10-15) from this town that goes yearly. Apparently they find the 2 hr drive to be "brutal", so they usually spend the night in a hotel the night before! There is an organized ride the day before if I remember correctly, so you might want to check into it.
I will look for your Time or Look if you are there. I have done this ride several times before, and I ride in Clermont about once a month so I am good with the route but I was thinking we can get together with the BF folks for those who may not be so familiar with the route. But the other organized rides are pretty good as well.
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Originally Posted by John_V
I wanted to do that one but my cycling team has done so many charity rides lately that it's getting quite expensive, especially with the mandatory fund raising requirements. We are doing the Moffitt Cure On Wheels on November 5th from Flatwoods Park. If any of you central Florida guys are around the Tampa area on the 6th of November, stop by Flatwoods Park for Bike Bash and bring your bikes. It's an all day event with plenty of vendors and all sorts of things to do. I'll be helping out with the event, so drop by and say "Hi!"
I will probably stop by and check out the festivities.
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I will probably stop by and check out the festivities.
Good! Hope to see you there. Just look for the guy with the HC Fire Rescue jersey.
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The first time I did the century, my computer indicated 100 miles and I was saddened to look around and not see the finish line. It turns out the route was more like 103 miles, at least according to my computer.



Yes, but about 50 of them. And Sugarloaf about 80 miles into the ride hurts.



I will look for your Time or Look if you are there. I have done this ride several times before, and I ride in Clermont about once a month so I am good with the route but I was thinking we can get together with the BF folks for those who may not be so familiar with the route. But the other organized rides are pretty good as well.
C'om, it is NOT like 50 bridges. The only hills that "sting" some are Hospital hill (first one 1-2 miles from the start), Buckhill Rd, Sugarloaf Rd, and a couple of the tiny ones in the neighborhood right before the end. Sure, the 100 mile length does add to it. The problem is that everyone in FL think a century is a race, and they go all out and get killed by mile 60, making the rest of it a struggle. I hardly see anyone that take these rides for what they are: "a social charity event"!!! Add to that the fact that a huge % of attendees never ride regularly in groups and they make them an "unsafe race". Then, you add the "Miami factor" to it LOL.........

If some of you want to get together the day before, I would be up for it. Just let me know, and we'll do a social ride.

BTW, you guys should add to your calendar for next year the Mt. Dora Bike Festival. First time for me. Must say, it is by far the most under advertised, under rated, and under appreciated event in the calendar. Extremely nice, very nice people, great variety of rides, and very nice town. Far nicer than Clermont for sure and you still hit the same hills. A must for next year!!
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Originally Posted by patentcad
Wouldn't any 100 mile ride in Florida qualify as the Horrible Hundred?
It's (Mount Doom * 7)
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Originally Posted by dgasmd
BTW, you guys should add to your calendar for next year the Mt. Dora Bike Festival. First time for me. Must say, it is by far the most under advertised, under rated, and under appreciated event in the calendar. Extremely nice, very nice people, great variety of rides, and very nice town. Far nicer than Clermont for sure and you still hit the same hills. A must for next year!!
Love Mount Dora, do my semiannual antique crawls there in the spring and fall. Did not know about festival till this year way past registration deadline. Could not find routes anywhere on the website. Are they revealed only in registration package? Did Lycra crowd scandalize Windsor Tea Room?

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Originally Posted by beeballman
Riding the rolling hills weekly that are along the course I can tell you its not so much the steepness of the hills, but the total number of hills on the ride. Over a 100 miles it adds up. I have seen riders who ride hills regularly humbled by the ride.
Well out here in the "wild west" we ride mountains, not hills, on our centuries :>)
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What's horrible?

The scenery?
The food at the rest stops?
The traffic?
The riders?

If I were a betting man, I'd say the scenery.
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Well out here in the "wild west" we ride mountains, not hills, on our centuries :>)
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