|Another "century" question||DDEV|
Jul 20, 2001 5:39 AM
|I know, I know. Not another "newbie" talking about riding a century. Actually, I'm not really a newbie. I've been riding on & off for 10 years, but just got my first road bike in Nov '00. Anyway, I did my 2nd century (1st one was 9 yrs ago) last Saturday in 5:36. I was just wondering what you guys think about the time. Is it slow, fast (I doubt it), or average? By the way, the route (NE/central PA) was about 25% flat, 50% rolling hills, and 25% steeper hills/mountains. Thanks for any input, advice, info, etc...|
|Not half bad ...||Humma Hah|
Jul 20, 2001 6:11 AM
|... All depends on the terrain, of course. There is, however, a psycological goal among many riders to break "hour barriers". Doing a "5-hour century" is something a lot of riders aspire to. Most probably can only do it on a relatively flat run. There have been some exceptional cases of breaking 4 hours -- those are unbelievably fast, and such claims generally draw some skepticism.
Anything under 6 hours, particularly if it is total time, not cyclocomputer "rolling time" or "saddle time", is a very good time for anything other than pancake flat. You're not ready for the TDF but you can feel pretty good about it.
|is that bike time or total time?||ColnagoFE|
Jul 20, 2001 7:37 AM
|i usually measure both, but i go by on the bike time. some people count rest stops. i'm not sure how people ride a century without stopping to refill water bottles (camelback?) or pee (i don't really want to know this). 5:30 for a century...even just on the bike time is very respectable IMHO. 5 hrs is usually my benchmark for a "fast" century. also depends on hills...wind, heat, whether you're pacelining or not. If I'm not pacelining a 5:30 century is pretty fast IMHO.|
|is that bike time or total time?||DDEV|
Jul 20, 2001 10:06 AM
|My ride time was 5:36, total time was about 6:10. I did the ride solo, so no pacelining. And I did stop 3 times, twice to refill waterbottles, once just to stretch & eat alittle something. As for conditions, temp was low to mid 80's (not bad), some wind gusts (guess 25-30 mph) which weren't a major factor, & typical central PA terrain (alot of rolling hills). All-in-all, I was pleased with my time, but I just wanted some idea of what kind of time I should be working towards. Thanks.|
|Pay attention to the last stage of the tour its 100 miles...||Bruno S|
Jul 20, 2001 12:54 PM
|exactly. Its a flat stage also. It will be interesting to know what time the pros take to do a century. Probably close to 4 hours, maybe less. But 5:36 sounds reasonably good. A 5 hour 0 minutes century is considered very good.|| |