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First Double Century(6 posts)

First Double CenturyMe Dot Org
Oct 1, 2001 8:26 AM
This weekend was the MS (Multiple Schlerosis Fundraising) Tour in Santa Rosa (about 60 miles north of San Francisco). On Saturday and Sunday there were rides of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles. I've been riding a lot lately, but rarely over 40 or 45 miles at a crack, so I was thinking I would do the Century on Saturday and a 50 or a 75 on Sunday.

I felt pretty good after Saturday's Century, so of course I started thinking about the possiblity of doing a double on Sunday. The 50 mile ride diverged from the 75 and 100, and I took the 75-100 route. At 49 miles, you had to decide between the 75 and 100, and I decided to go for it.

It was 96 degrees in Santa Rosa (I know that's a cold snap for a lot of you guys) but for a San Francisco cyclist that's a lot of heat to handle. Just kept hydrating (Endurox mixed with Hammer Gel) and Tums and bananas to stave off cramps.

Started feeling pretty tired around mile 80, picked up around mile 92 and felt good at the finish. My legs are a little sore today, but not bad at all. I'm sure I was helped by the fact that the courses were not too hilly.

My new Carl Strong frame was a dream, carbon fiber seat stays make long distance riding a pleasure. I'm not sure I like the Terry Fly saddle, it bothered me from time to time. Call me a wimp, but as a 50 year old with a rebuilt knee I was also glad for my Racing Triple. It made the hills a snap on the second day.

Nice courses, BEAUTIFUL wine country, the usual perfunctory food, and you get to raise money for a good cause. Recommended.
Terrible Two next?Dog
Oct 1, 2001 8:47 AM
Sounds like you'd enjoy the Terrible Two. Good scenery, and a lot of hills packed into 200 miles. You are probably familiar with it, being in Santa Rosa. Maybe see you there next year?

Well, MAYBEEE...Me Dot Org
Oct 1, 2001 9:34 AM
Looked at the elevation maps

...and I started thinking about a rider I passed this weekend. He recently moved here from Florida, and was complaining about the hills on the MS ride. I wonder what he'd do if he say the elevation map for THIS puppy!

Seriously Doug, this may be a little too rich for my blood. The weakest part of my riding is climbing. I can stay with a lot of good riders in the flats, even pass them sometimes, but they always get me in the hills. I would need to do some serious training to dramatically increase muscle mass to have a chance at The Terrible Two. But then again, if you would have told me 18 months ago I would be completing back to back centuries, I would have asked "What's a Century?"

On Sunday, at around mile 80, I was passed by a woman with a Terrible Two Jersey. She was on a gorgeous Colnago CTI and the veins in her legs popped out like a weight lifter. She dropped me in the hills, but I nearly caught her at the end (damn red light!).
Terrible Two next?Cliff Oates
Oct 1, 2001 9:53 AM
Let's see, 1 day, 200 miles, 16,000 feet of climbing versus 2 days, 175 miles, 7,000 feet of climbing. Yeah, they're almost the same...
re: First Double Centurygrzy
Oct 1, 2001 1:42 PM
Typical double century does it ALL in one day, but I'm sure you knew this. Doing two centuries back to back is still a very worthy accomplishment. Having the energy and determination to do the second one is great - most people take the following day easy and nurse sore muscles. Old age and trickery will prevail over youth and enthusiasm. ;-)

Try a Selle Italia Max Trans Am (or whatever they call it) - not as instantly comfy as the Terry, but much better over the long haul. The Terry seems to be too soft and people tend to get chafing.

The TT is a very worthy goal, but also quite grueling. It's not really in the same league as most of the other rides. Consider that 25% of the riders don't complete - and they know what they've signed up for. Still, people do do it as their first double against all sorts of good advice.
I stand corrected: back-to-back centuriesMe Dot Org
Oct 1, 2001 8:29 PM
Didn't mean to confuse it with a double. I think I would like to get a flatter "double" under my belt before I challenge the Terrible Two.

Thanks for the info on the Selle Italia Max - I'll check it out. I'm not sure what I need exactly. Still don't have the seat exactly dialed in on the new bike, I guess.