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Personal best century(26 posts)

Personal best centurycasati_rider
Jun 16, 2001 5:43 PM
Hey gang, sorry to boast but I just done a personal best and really feel good about. Today in a century I finished in 4:41:12 and the last 45 miles was by myself in 15 - 18 mph headwinds. There was a group of six of us, but with 45 left those young legs picked up the pace and drop this old man. I finshed 18 minutes behind. I know this is not much of a milestone for many of you, but for a 43 year old with arthritis in the elbows and knees, I'm overjoyed.
Enjoy the buzztommyb
Jun 16, 2001 7:41 PM
This is what's it's all about.
re: Personal best centurylook271
Jun 16, 2001 8:25 PM
Pretty damn good! Enjoy it. Where was it at?
re: Personal best centuryCanidraftyou
Jun 16, 2001 11:36 PM
My guess is that it was in Arkansas, since they had a Tour De Cure ride this weekend. And he rides a Casati, where ChainWheel is located Little Rock, Ar. Just a guess.

Great Job!

Don,t listen to "Yada Yada." He is measuring his lack of ability with yours and douting you. :P

A little over 3 hours better'n me at 47 so ...Humma Hah
Jun 16, 2001 10:06 PM
... don't be feeling so old.
re: Personal best centuryDog
Jun 16, 2001 10:17 PM
Problem is, I rarely do a century right at 100 miles.

These are the best performances I can recall. Did 134 miles at over 22 mph this spring. Don't know what it really was right at 100 miles. Had a tail wind, though.

Did 100 miles in 4 hours 45 minutes this spring - on the way to a 10:14 double (with 3 flats).

Last Saturday I did 156 miles at 20.2 mph, all alone. Forgot to look passing the century mark.

4:41 is fast, no doubt about it.

I call BSYada Yada
Jun 16, 2001 10:25 PM
100 miles in 4:41 is over 21mph. And you claim to have done that with the last 45 miles of it by yourself into 15-18mph headwinds??? Don't think so...
think it throughDog
Jun 17, 2001 9:39 AM
Unless you saw the splits, no way you can conclude he didn't do it. What if he rode the first 55 miles with a group, with a tailwind, at 26 mph? Completely possible.

Plus, just because you may think it impossible, don't necessarily doubt it. I have been many times amazed at some cycling feats, thinking they were impossible, only to have done some of them myself after a whole lot more training.

Think about Lance Armstrong, for example. He has ridden over 34 miles in one hour in a time trial. For me, I'm working extremely hard to even sprint over 34 mph for a few seconds. If I didn't know better, I would have said his feat was absolutely impossible. No one can ride for an hour at sprint speed.

So, yes, it's completely possible. Besides, why the heck would anyone make it up?

Remember a few months ago, the claim of sub-4 hours?Humma Hah
Jun 17, 2001 10:07 AM
One rider claimed a time a little under 4 hours for a Hotter'n Hell Hundred, calm winds, cool, perfectly flat, mostly straight. We were, uh, dubious, but the winner did finish somewhat faster than that, that year. The guy basically got in a peloton that blazed across the plains under perfect conditions for speed.
Jun 17, 2001 10:20 AM
I think part of the incredulity stems from riders that fast not visiting this site too often, at least as far as we know.

I've been in groups that sustained 26-30 mph for very long stretches, but never for an entire century. Boy, would that be fun! What's sort of interesting is that in a big group like that, wheel sucking along on flat ground at 27 mph sheltered by a couple dozen riders in front and the sides really isn't that difficult. Just be careful and get sucked along.

Completely possiblelook271
Jun 17, 2001 4:14 PM
Did a flat century last year w/ 7 guys in a paceline. Averaged 22. Thing was, we could have gone faster, so what's not to believe? Good for him!
Jun 17, 2001 8:31 PM
I know good place ~70mi downhill (10000' drop) hate switchbacks though
Jun 17, 2001 1:54 PM
I certainly believe it could be done. Just not by me. But the Hotter'n Hell Hundred cool? That's hard to believe.
it's the bike..cyclopathic
Jun 17, 2001 4:05 PM
Old school 1hr record is ~30.5 on velodrom (2-4 times less rolling resistance then road)

Aero frame, bars, seatpost, helmet, etc super low rolling resistance tires aka liquid rubber Conti treatment do add on. Esp if you're as strong as Lance his VO2 power 600wt with LT power approaching 550
think it throughsteeveo
Jun 18, 2001 6:49 AM
Same reason nine-tenths of the good folks on this board overstate their weekly mileage/average speed, etc etc: Human vanity.
Jun 18, 2001 7:21 AM
You mean you, too, aren't putting in 850 miles per week like me?

Jun 18, 2001 8:01 AM
I get cranky when I don't do my customary mid-week double century. Is there something wrong with me?? (I also admire anyone who can manage to climb a steep hill at only 10 miles an hour. I would topple over if I went that slow! It's great they can do it. Also, I'm really worried -- I hear the experts recommend a spinning cadence of 90 rpm. I just can't do it! No matter what, I spin at 120-130 rpm, even in a 100-inch gear. I'm worried. Is there something wrong with me? Any feedback would be appreciated.)
and how many seconds to be exact? :-)johnrg
Jun 16, 2001 10:35 PM
Wow that's fast!trekkie
Jun 16, 2001 10:43 PM
The best I've done to date was 5hr08min. BUT!

There were two of us...
...and he pulled 80% of the way...
...and it was totally flat...
...on a bikepath...
...around a lake...
...and there was no headwind.

I guess it was more his personal best than mine. :-)
you've got me beat!got2ryd
Jun 17, 2001 6:26 AM
i have not yet tried a century. great job! im curious, though. when undertaking this task, do you stop for a break or two? anybody?
Great Job!Jon Billheimer
Jun 17, 2001 11:44 AM
Congratulations. You're an extremely strong rider. There are guys in my Masters club who routinely ride sub-5s,so I believe you. An acquaintance of mine, much younger, who is a Cat 2, has done a sub-4 in a fast paceline. My PB was last year in 5:08, riding a flat century in a good working paceline until the last 40k, when the young guys put the hammer down in a headwind. Then the group broke apart. Had we stayed together I believe I would have gone in just under 5 hrs. that day. BTW, I'm 56. In that particular century, about ten or fifteen guys and one gal went sub-five. Most were in their 30s and 40s.

Again, congratulations. Keep riding fast!
Stop to replinish water and calories, but ...Humma Hah
Jun 18, 2001 9:47 AM
... its actually somewhat easier if you don't stop to rest for more than a couple of minutes. Your muscles start setting up like concrete if you stop.

Mostly, you just slow down significantly from a roadrace pace. Guys who TT at maybe 25-27 mph are content to do 20 on a century. Folks who do 20 miles at 18 mph may drop to 14, and find me drafting them on the cruiser. That's one of the reasons I like organized centuries -- it slows a few roadies down to my speed where I can try things like that.
re: Personal best centurybestT
Jun 17, 2001 1:38 PM
I lived in Florida for a year and did a century called Strawberry something, just north of Tampa. Totally flat, and not much wind. Started off in a huge pack, sometime after the 50 mile point, 2 guys and I went off the front and finished in just under 4 hours. These guys had a follow car, so we didn't have to stop for water or food (lucky for me they shared their stuff with me).
I'm impressed.4bykn
Jun 17, 2001 6:34 PM
My best time was a few years back: 5hrs 33 min. I think a 18.3 average. I'm proud of it, and that's what matters to me. You have something to be quite proud of, congratulations.
re: Personal best centurycasati_rider
Jun 18, 2001 6:33 AM
Thanks all for the positive comments. I started riding the course six weeks before once a week. Solo times of 5:15 to 5:30. My personal goal was to break 5 hours, but never dreamed almost by 19 minutes. The course is really flat and I have to admit it was not nearly as windy as usual. Only about the last 20 miles had headwinds. I am strong on centuries for I ride 100 - 120 miles rides at least one day a week and 90% of the time it's solo. Sad part is a 25 mile average is not faster better then a 100 miler.
re: Personal best centurymr_spin
Jun 18, 2001 10:07 AM
Hooked up with some guys at the Ride for the Roses in 2000, ran a fast paceline on a fairly flat course into strong wind, and did the first 50 in 2 1/2 hours. The second half I was on my own, facing crosswinds and some hills, but still finished in 5:12.

I'm not all that interested in doing flat centuries, however. They are usually boring and windy. I'd say my "best" century had 7500 feet of climbing AND strong winds, and I did it alone, with no pacelines, in just over six hours. It was actually 108 miles because I took a wrong turn, adding 800 more feet of climbing!