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Is a 5 hour century an accomplishment if it's a goup effort?(15 posts)

Is a 5 hour century an accomplishment if it's a goup effort?Maui
May 1, 2001 10:22 AM
I've heard that the benchmark for a strong century ride is 5 hours or 20mph. Is this still considered a good effort, if you're riding with a group and sharing the work?
re: Is a 5 hour century an accomplishment if it's a goup effort?muncher
May 1, 2001 11:31 AM
It is by me. 90% of the population couldn't do it.

(BTW, 86.4% of statistics are made up on the spot).
May 1, 2001 11:33 AM
Yes, even if you wheelsucked the whole way, keeping up at that speed, assuming some hills and stops and starts, is not easy.

BTW, the world record for a solo century is 4 hours 7 minutes, according to Danny Chew. That's pretty incredible. Ever try to hold 24 mph for even a few miles? Not easy.

Pros regularly average over 30 mph for races over 100 miles. But there, you have many strong riders sharing the work.

So, IMO, 5 hours by us mere mortals, with or without help, is doing darn well. My personal goal is to break 5 all by myself. I was on track to do it one day, but flats ended my day.

the stopwatch stops for flats, and.....jayz
May 1, 2001 12:07 PM
lunch..and water....and pee breaks....and coffee breaks...and cute girls...and....

my last century started at 7am, and i finished at 6pm...but i really did it in just under 6hrs... kiddin (sort of)
danny chewjp2
May 1, 2001 1:23 PM
you realize danny is a nut case don't you?? Having talked with the guy several times and listening to his training ideas is like talking to a crazy man. "riding 100 miles without water makes you stronger" this was said after the raam where he made a temporary stop in the hospital for dehydration.
danny chewDog
May 1, 2001 4:20 PM
Yes, I've heard many stories... like riding home to Pennsylvania after finishing RAAM in Florida; eating others' leftovers at meals; just taking off and riding across the country, and just stopping in on whomever for a stayover...

There is some method to his madness. Every once in a while I'll ride a training century without any food during the ride. I believe you can train your body to function with less. Some of the best rides I've had were a week or so after a severe bonk. He is an extreme case, for sure, but maybe there is something to it?

But, he does indeed ride a lot and is quite fast. No disputing that.

danny chewpeloton
May 3, 2001 9:30 AM
Chew has on Howard Stern last year in a game they called 'Guess who is the virgin'. Danny was.

It must be lonely riding all those miles.
That's nice to know, Doug!Maui
May 1, 2001 8:26 PM
I was worried that I'm a pathetic roadie. I rode for 1.5 hours solo yesterday at 20+ on some flat terrain and couldn't imagine maintaining that speed any longer. I was concerned that I wouldn't ever be able to ride a decent century.

I'm quite certain that I could ride a 5 hour one with the help of some other riders but I wasn't sure whether that was still considered good.

Good luck with the 5 hour solo Doug. I'm sure you could toughout a 5 hour one after reading about your long weekend a few weeks back.
Yep (nm)Cory
May 1, 2001 11:41 AM
i know a century is a hundred milesishmael
May 1, 2001 1:37 PM
but there are so many different streaches of hundred miles out there..hilly, flat, one giant down hill..who's to say what hundred miles is legit for the record...obviously one giant down hill doesnt count (but would be alot of fun), but i would imagine a hilly course would be slower..or is the feat of doing a hundred enough and no one is really too picky
i know a century is a hundred milesDog
May 1, 2001 4:23 PM
Now that I think about it, I have ridden a century without drafting under 5 hours, in fact, around 4.5 hours just a week or so ago out in the desert. But, it was a point to point with a strong tailwind the whole way, and a net elevation loss of about 1,000 feet. Can't really count that. I think it needs to be a closed loop, or at least close to it, to count.

Let's face it;look271
May 1, 2001 6:08 PM
100 miles on a bike is an accomplishment at any speed. To non-riders, both fit and unfit, this is unimagineable.
Let's face it;AD14
May 1, 2001 6:19 PM
Let's face it;Alan B
May 2, 2001 10:59 AM
My poor kid (6th grade), who is very proud of the fact that Dad did a century ride, is regularly called a liar by his friends who can't believe it can be done -- ESPECIALLY by a "dad."
May 2, 2001 2:35 PM
It's amazing what people refuse to believe.

While recruiting crew (I know a guy with a motorhome), I told a friend in Kansas City that I was thinking about doing RAAM solo next year. He spoke to another friend there, who was a fairly serious cyclist -- in fact, the other guy planned to ride from Chicago to Kansas City over about 3 weeks.

Funny, the cyclist argued vehemently that RAAM is ONLY done in relays by teams, and that it would impossible for any one person to do it alone straight through in 8-10 days. Absolutely refused to believe it. I then told him to think about this -- that 650 miles that the guy was going to do in 3 weeks, many cyclists could do in about 48 hours. That would really blow his mind.

(note: no mention of bikes owned in this message)