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Centurys a joke(37 posts)

Centurys a joketuffnick
Mar 6, 2002 9:47 AM
I was reading a post on the bicycling.com forum and realized that riding a century is a joke. Its a goal every cyclist has but isn't at all a hard one. If you ride at all riding a century isn't a huge feat so why do we place so much emphasis on it? People schedule a day for the event and everything. I'll admit I'm a racer... albeit a track sprinter so I don't even need to be capable of doing a century but on a nice day especially in the winter when the temperature rises I'll have no problem doing a century or pretty close.

Just my 2 cents.
Maybe its time for a double century.STEELYeyed
Mar 6, 2002 9:58 AM
I don't think a century to a veteran cyclist is a big deal,I do them regularly. But to someone starting out,with 0 training and 0 base miles,it is a goal that seems unattainable. Even when they get their legs under them it still takes some mental toughness to finish the first one.
Unless it's a TRAINER Century, which a friend of mine just did.scottfree
Mar 6, 2002 10:05 AM
Watched three movies, drank 10 beers. Has a sore butt.
Trainer Centuries are KOOLSlipstream
Mar 6, 2002 10:22 AM
No Traffic; no SUVs; no trucks; no minivans.
Can ride regardless of what it is doing outside.
No one to steal your bike.
Not the real thing but will get you ready for spring/summer/fall.
And, of course, easy access to a cold beer.

Need interactive sw though or some really good movies.
--try CycleFX and you won't want to get off your bike.
re: Trainer Centuries are KOOLcyclopathic
Mar 6, 2002 10:29 AM
I think the 24hr record for roller is 836mi (can you spell major sore a$$??)
and 14 rear tires :-) NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 6, 2002 10:33 AM
Multiple riders over the internet?Slipstream
Mar 6, 2002 10:36 AM
Is anyone aware of interactive sw that allows multiple riders over the internet?
That would be cool. On the other hand, why not just getmorrison
Mar 6, 2002 12:09 PM
together with some friends and hit the road?
That would be cool. On the other hand, why not just getSlipstream
Mar 6, 2002 2:37 PM
I gots no friends!

Seriously, this is a way for people to connect who are dispersed geographically. Not the same as riding with a bunch of guys (and girls) but this is cyberspace. And its not a bad idea when it is zero outside, although that will soon change.
re: Centurys a jokeElefantino
Mar 6, 2002 10:06 AM
A century may be no big deal for you, just as a marathon may be no big deal for some runners.

But to many cyclists, a century is a rite of passage, a personal goal and/or just an all-around fun thing to do. People place emphasis on it voluntarily.

Caling it a "joke" and then stating your qualifications is an interesting way to demean that which to the vast majority of the cycling community — not to mention the people on this board — is important.

But of course, you are entitled to your opinion. As are we all.

FWIW,
Mike
re: Centurys a jokefirstrax
Mar 6, 2002 10:14 AM
For most of us its not about some sort of goal. Its about spending a day riding with a couple of hundred other cyclists on a marked course with some support. Or its just another exuse to ride.
depends on Centurycyclopathic
Mar 6, 2002 10:24 AM
I'd be riding one with 14,000' of climbing this weekend come over and have good laugh.
depends on CenturyWil
Mar 6, 2002 11:34 AM
Nice. Hills kick my butt.
Hey, Big Guy!cyclaholic
Mar 6, 2002 10:31 AM
Come and ride my next century. It will be 102 miles of constantly rolling roads, with a number of pretty good grinding climbs. I'd guess at least 7000 ft of climbing. There will be very little, if any, pacelining. We'll even throw in the hardest climb of the day at mile 95.

Go out fast and ride hard. Take along one water bottle. I dare you.
my sentiments on track sprinting. nt.Steve1
Mar 6, 2002 10:31 AM
obviously you have never played cricket NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 6, 2002 10:35 AM
Three words for you... Assault on Mitchellagilis ti
Mar 6, 2002 10:38 AM
Three other words - Bridge to Bridge - nmMcAndrus
Mar 6, 2002 10:45 AM
re: Three words for you... Assault on Mitchellcyclopathic
Mar 6, 2002 1:45 PM
do you live in area? are you gonna be doing Mnt of Misery?
re: Three words for you... Assault on Mitchellagilis ti
Mar 6, 2002 3:09 PM
used to live in asheville but needed to make money so i moved to the flatland. Not doing it this year.
doing a hilly one in less than 5 hours is no jokeLC
Mar 6, 2002 10:40 AM
Just getting one done is not really the goal if you are fit enough to race, but getting it done faster than everyone else is something to be proud of.
It's all about the goals you set for yourselfDave Hickey
Mar 6, 2002 10:43 AM
If centuries are a joke, try these the next time.

1. Increase your average speed by 4 mph(or even 1 mph) over your fastest time
2. Ride the entire 100 miles in the 39T front ring.
3. If you stop at twice, try not stopping at all.

Exercise is what you make of it. Most marathon runners don't try to go out and do a double marathon because they do alot of marathons. They try to improve over their last marathon. Every time I ride, I try to improve or try something different.
re: Centurys a jokeSharky
Mar 6, 2002 10:56 AM
A century is whatever you make of it! fast, slow or flat or hilly, easy or difficult. Its 100 miles of effort of some kind. You decide. Watch out for Sharks
can you bench 300lbs?aet
Mar 6, 2002 11:16 AM
can you swim 100 meters under water in combat boots with a rifle? can you dunk a basketball with no running start?
can you do 25 pullups? can you do the splits, cold?
can you hit 10 out of 10 targets at 1000 meters? can you sprint 100m in 11 flat? all these things are nothing to the people that do them all the time. get my point?
A fine joke, well worth repeating. nmMB1
Mar 6, 2002 11:19 AM
to be fair...Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 6, 2002 11:23 AM
some century riders could say the following is a bit of a joke as well.

ive enjoyed both track and long distance road and comparing their merits is a bit silly and like comparing blondes to brunnettes.

i like brunnettes but i wouldnt say no to a blonde just cause its not my preference.

whatever floats yer boat is cool. enjoy it and appreciate other vessels.
I've ridden more than I can remember over the years . . .morrison
Mar 6, 2002 12:08 PM
and I have never thought it was easy. Admittedly, some courses are easier than others, but you can take the flatest course in the world and make it a challenging ride by forcing yourself to the limits of your own abilities.

Example: I have a friend who runs marathons. Won't get on a bike to save his life (despite my attempts to drag him into it). He also runs 10Ks. The difference is, of course, he runs a hell of a lot faster in the 10Ks than he does in the marathons. Is he tired when he finishes the marathon? You bet. Is he tired when he finishes the 10K? Of course. Does that mean the 10K is the same as the marathon? No, but he also couldn't run the marathon at the same pace as the 10K. The point for him is to run, to challenge himself, to stay in shape, and to have fun.

Come to think of it, I have a neighbor who is about 60, 20 lbs overweight, and rides a comfort bike. I see him on the road now and then. He rides the 3 miles down to the corner store, gets some snacks, and rides back. Sometimes on the weekends his grandkid is with him on his BMX bike. Now, I could go to the store and back probably 3 times in the time it takes him to make one trip, but does that mean his efforts are a joke? Not to him, nor to me. I applaud everyone who gets out there and gives it a go.
Remembering the first one.tempeteKerouak
Mar 6, 2002 12:19 PM
I was 13
Wind in my hair
Wind in my wheels
We crossed the border to go to Champlain Lake
Was this the end of the world?
I could no be sure.
But Dad handed me my very fist beer
And I knew we'd done something special.

Century is a distance
There are centuries no one can finish

every ride is an adventure.
That's what counts.
Track sprinting is a jokeBro
Mar 6, 2002 1:00 PM
Who couldn't ride a very short distance on a perfect surface and only one other rider( and no cars)-what a joke!
Track sprinting is a jokexxl
Mar 6, 2002 1:31 PM
No offense, but the idea is to "ride a very short distance on a perfect surface" FASTER than the other guy.

Think of it as the distillation of the road race, the essential mano a mano of competition, if it helps (where's that haiku dude when you need him?)

Besides, it's just really, really cool to be cruising (and not even huffing yet) at 30 mph on a banked turn.
It must be a very funny joke...Djudd
Mar 6, 2002 2:57 PM
because a lot of people are in on it and I always see folks smiling and hugging at the end of it.
obviously "Bro" has never had the pleasure of riding trackTig
Mar 6, 2002 3:04 PM
You don't have to race to enjoy how much fun track riding is. Many velodromes offer open track days and courses for non-racers. Riding the banks is a different feeling that shouldn't be missed. The skills learned on the track helps riders on the road as well.
Snowball, points, miss-n-out, chariot, and other mass start races are a blast! Of the match races, matched sprints are the most fun. That last half lap is something that can't be appropriately described to anyone who hasn't done it.
Track riding is a joke!!!!BroBiker
Mar 7, 2002 11:16 AM
Tig, you missed my sarcasm. I've never ridden on a track but I'm sure its pretty cool. And like a century the rider an make it difficult or leisurely.

have a good ride,
Bro
no offense,Steve1
Mar 7, 2002 6:58 AM
but i dont think you understood Bro's use of sarcasm to be prove the initial poster illogical.

He thought centuries are easy, because didnt approach it with a challenge. If one were to approach track riding without a challenge, it too would be easy (and much moreso than a centrury).
Some centuries TODAY are a joke ...Humma Hah
Mar 6, 2002 6:54 PM
Century riding is almost as old as cycling. Picture a 1-day ride of 100 miles in 1890. The bike looks much like a modern one, probably 18-20 lbs, skinny tires on wooden rims, drop bars, but a single fixed gear. The road is basically unimproved dirt wagon tracks. THAT is a ride!

Today, you need a tougher ride. The Markleeville Death Ride comes to mind. Or do what I do and ride centuries on a singlespeed cruiser (actually, most centuries ain't so tough even on THAT).

Centuries are just a start. Graduate to brevets. 200k, 300, 400k .... 1200k! Then go nuts and enter the Race Across America!
centurys a joke...no your post was...nm?
Mar 6, 2002 7:51 PM
re: Centurys a jokeRay
Mar 7, 2002 6:15 AM
It's not a huge challenge once you've done a few of them, but how many people here will EVER forget the exhilaration you felt the FIRST time your computer ticked over 100 miles?

-Ray