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How often do you stop to rest when riding a century?(20 posts)

How often do you stop to rest when riding a century?Steve Davis
Jun 12, 2001 1:21 PM
This past weekend I rode the King's Tour of the Quabbin Century and stopped to rest just once at 70 miles for about 15 minutes. Usually when I ride centuries or other charity rides, I stop at just about every rest area to fill up the bottle, get off the bike and chat.

On Saturday, I found myself remarkably fresh despite just one stop. Maybe it was the fact that I didn't cool down and stiffen up every 25 miles...

What is your experience?
Depends...Len J
Jun 12, 2001 1:24 PM
On the hilliness of the ride or the pace of the group I'm riding with, or the weather. Anywhere from once to 3 times.
Depends, for surelunchrider
Jun 12, 2001 1:44 PM
As a general rule on supported rides, every stop. By myself it depends more on how I feel, on my last one i stopped twice in the first 45 miles and then rode the second half straight through. I guess it also depends on how much fluid you carry and what sort of resources are availiable on the way.
As little as possiblemr_spin
Jun 12, 2001 1:58 PM
All that stopping and starting doesn't help, but I'll bet the reason you were able to go 70 miles is because you were in decent shape.

How often I stop all depends mainly on conditions (heat, wind, hills) and with whom I am riding. I try not to spend more than 5 minutes at rest stops, and almost always blow off the first one. I've done centuries where the first rest stop is at 10 miles. Rest? I'm not even warmed up yet! Others, like Solvang, have stops less than 10 miles from the end. At that point, stopping can only hurt.

Not to make any judgements, but I always wonder about the people you always see at centuries piddling along at 10 mph, spending 30 minutes at rest stops. It's great that they are out riding and presumably having fun, but it must take them all day to finish the ride!
Whats wrong with a 13 hour centuryKristin
Jun 12, 2001 3:30 PM
Whats the minumum average MPH for a century? Whats the maximum amount of stops that one is allowed to make? I know this will come off as rude...but in every crowd I encounter riders who feel everyone should desire to be at their level--riding with their ambitions and goals. Perhaps the people keeping a 10mph pace and enjoying long stops are meeting personal goals. Perhaps they don't have any desire to make a sport out of it. Not everyone wants to be a racer. Also, some people riding at 10mph are working well into thier aerobic zones and even increasing their fitness.

Sorry, I don't desire to sound excessively harsh. It just troubles me when cyclists make comments that show they looking down on people at other levels.
Nothing.......Len J
Jun 12, 2001 3:34 PM
unless you are on the volunteer staff. Most supported centuries that I have been on have a posted time when support (in the form of rest stops & sag wagons) stops. Beyond that there are no rules.

BTW Your rant on people having thier own goals was well put. I agree completely.
Serenity now!mr_spin
Jun 12, 2001 5:21 PM
Whoa! I believe I wrote "not to make any judgements" and "I'm glad they are riding and having fun." Perhaps if you had read my post and actually understood it, you would have no cause to complain.

I really don't care how fast or slow you go. I was simply asking a somewhat rhetorical question.

But, that said, if it took me 13 hours to do a century, I'd find another sport. I mean, I can coast on my bike faster than that!
IgnoranceJay lab
Jun 12, 2001 10:06 PM
You know there will always be people out there that give the sport a bad name and it looks like you might be one of them. If you are a true lover off riding them you should be a good ambasedor of all participants. It does not matter how fast or slow a person ride or how cheap or expensive ones bike is. The most important thing about riding a century is the completion and not the time. Everyone has to start somewhere and if I was to read your last post when I was just starting out and thinking of riding a century I might not have entered. So next time be understanding of your fellow biker and treat them with respect and if you can't the shut the hell up so the sport does not get a bad name. Thanks
What a bunch of whinersmr_spin
Jun 13, 2001 9:06 AM
Boy do I feel ashamed. How could I have been so cruel? Oh shut the hell up. Forget the sport--it's people like you who give this board a bad name. I wonder out loud how long it takes some people to finish a century and you idiots jump on me like I insulted your mother!! How you could twist it into an attack on the sport is a total mystery to me. Maybe you should lay off watching Oprah for a while.

There are more thin-skinned whiners on this board than any other, that's for sure. If you wouldn't enter a century because you totally misinterpreted my last post, well, I'm sure it would be a better ride without you. Because the most important thing about riding a century is NOT what YOU think it is. See, outside of your boring, conformist, politically correct world, everyone has different goals. Some want to finish, some want to go fast, some just want to ride through an area where they've never been. I don't particularly care. I've got my reasons, I bother no one along the way, and I don't look down on anyone not joining with me. If that upsets you--if you think everyone should ride centuries together, holding hands and singing Kumbya, well, find another sport. This one is mine.

And you know what else? Learn how to spell. It will greatly increase your credibility.
Len, Is this a good time to apply your grandaddy's principal? nmKristin
Jun 13, 2001 9:55 PM
Souiee....(nm)Len J
Jun 14, 2001 5:34 AM
wowJay lab
Jun 13, 2001 11:14 PM
Who was thin skinned again?? I with you at riding fast but attitudes are what turn people off some sports. And I don't want this to happen to road riding again. But thanks for you insightful comments with correct grammar and spelling. It must be nice to be as smart as you.
re: How often do you stop to rest when riding a century?Rick S
Jun 12, 2001 2:15 PM
On my centuries to date, I've stopped at all of the pit stops - I try to be super-hydrated for the rides and take advantage of the facilities to refill and relieve! I limit my stops to no more than 10 minutes - otherwise I can get cold and my muscles get stiff. Getting chilled can be a real problem in our mild NW weather. In general, I try to drink 32 oz (one large bottle) of water and 16 oz of Cytomax per hour. I'll eat a banana or fruit at each stop to top up.
re: three timesredman
Jun 12, 2001 2:23 PM
Usually, I'm following the old racer habit of never getting off, but my happiest and fastest and freshest centuries have been done with friends when we stopped about every 25 miles. Each leg was a fast paceline that felt hard, but OK because it was so short. Then we'd sit around for 10 minutes telling jokes and laughing, drinking eating, then hop on and jam for another leg. Have a designated stop point (for us it was our van and sag driver) or else you'll keep jamming and no one will want to stop.
I don't do organized 100s, so I only stop to fill the bottles.boy nigel
Jun 12, 2001 3:51 PM
Nothing against organized centuries, but I like doing them with people I know (or solo, as it works out sometimes). I stop only to fill my bottles or, if I haven't shoved enough nutrition into my pockets, pick up a bite for on-the-road consumption. I, too, am coming from the former-racer frame of mind, where you go out to train and want as few stops as possible.

If you want to ride 100 miles and you want to stop a dozen times to chat, eat, or stretch, do whatever feels right. No one should judge you on it; everyone's different. Do your own thing. Peace.

How LONG you stop is also importantMeDotOrg
Jun 12, 2001 5:01 PM
I take a longer break at the lunch stop, but at the other stops I don't take much time. Get your food and drink, top off your water bottles, go to the bathroom and get on the road before your muscles have a change to tighten.

No law about stopping at every stop, if you feel okay, keep riding... but I won't knock someone for stopping at every stop. Hey, it's a Century, not a race. The object is to have a good time on a long bicycle ride. Not everyone rides the same way...
About every 33 miles would be ideal for me ...Humma Hah
Jun 12, 2001 10:08 PM
I use a hydration pack, capacity 2 liters. I've stretched it to a little over 50 miles in cool weather (Tour de Palm Springs, when the first rest stop was too early, the second was too crowded), but did get a little dehydrated in the process. I've never used all of it in 25 miles. I think two stops in 100 miles would be about perfect for me.

I don't necessarily need the rest, just some food and water and maybe a portajohn. But it is good to get the chance to stretch.
Depends on the food they offer! nmcycleguy
Jun 12, 2001 11:05 PM
as little as possibleDuane Gran
Jun 13, 2001 5:46 AM
Basically I only want to stop out of necessity, such as urination or filling up the water bottle. I haven't worked out the technique of peeing off the bike yet, and in a large group that may not go over so well. Usually I grab food and eat while I ride, mostly because it is a skill that is important to develop for racing.

That may not sound like the most fun way to do a century to most people, and that is fine. I don't mind the casual riders or the ones whom completion at any speed is the goal. There really are two different groups on many centuries and the racer vs tourist thing is an old issue. I think racers should just understand that tourists have their own set of goals and not think of them as slowpokes or lazy. I think tourists should understand that racers have goals and they aren't trying to be jerks if they go at a fast pace or don't have as much conversation during the ride. The goals are different, that is all.
Depends on the ride and the company..look271
Jun 13, 2001 8:39 PM
Did a 100 miler last year in Salisbury Md with 6 other guys who wanted to do it in a paceline @ 20-25. We did that and it was fun. Blew off the 1st stop. Also did an 80 miler (MS ride) that we stopped to pick wild berries and ate them. Rode with a couple of friends and a couple of young ladies that didn't want to push it. That was fun, too. Basically, you do whatever you feel is best for you that day. Hell with what others want or expect of you.