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Another "century" question(5 posts)

Another "century" questionDDEV
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.