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Length of a Century(11 posts)

Length of a CenturyPeter E
Apr 28, 2002 10:24 AM
How long is a century? prefferably in km's
Is this a trick question?apamin
Apr 28, 2002 10:31 AM
100 km
A century is 100 miles = 161 kms.REMan
Apr 28, 2002 10:37 AM
A metric century is 100 kms.
160.9344 kmsfirstrax
Apr 28, 2002 2:53 PM
A century is 100 kmsclimbo
Apr 28, 2002 2:57 PM
an Imperial or U.S. century would be 100 miles. All depends on where you live.
yes, but sometimes it seems much longer - - - - funny story.liv2padl
Apr 28, 2002 3:21 PM
"The Longest Day Double Century" ride is a 200 miler from the northern tip of NJ to the southern tip at Cape May ... done in one day, that day being June 21st. Many years ago a friend and I did this ride --- or at least he did. I was in the best riding shape of my life .. rode hundreds of miles a week and a total of 15,000 miles that year. We were both in such good shape, we rode to the ride the day before ... 91 miles, uphill. We spent the night in the motel and, like everyone else, got up at 05:00 to do the 200 miles before it got dark.

We were young, tough, lean, mean, riding machines. We started off at a fast pace and kept passing riders ... and passing and passing. We felt terrific! We stopped for lunch, ate a bunch of carbo's and got back in the saddle. We were away again .. flying down the rode. To that point we averaged 23 mph. Did i say what great shape we were in?

Then it happened. At 150 miles i absolutely hit the wall. I felt as if i was dragging several bowling balls behind my bike. My bud said "stay on my wheel .. draft me, i'll pull you home". I said, "if you take those bowling balls off the chain i'm dragging behind me perhaps i could stay on your wheel". At 170 miles i couldn't pedal another stroke and trust me when i tell you that previous 20 miles wasn't pretty! Finally, mentally and physically drained, i practically fell off my bike and sat on the side of the road .. head in hands, a broken shell of a man. My bud said, "c'mon, only 30 miles more .. you can do it". "Sure, i said, i can do it!" "if you pull me on a tether, maybe". I told him to go on, i was only holding him back and time waits for no rider. So off he went, looked back several times but i waved him on and goodbye and goodluck.

I then managed to drag myself to a motel where, using plastic i called my wife and checked into a room. "Ellen, pleeeeze come get me". "you'll find my dead body lying on the bed in room 124 .. please give my beloved Eddy (Merckx) to John cuz i know he loves it and sprinkle my ashes in the parking lot of the Rock Rest Motel (start of the "Longest Day Double Century".)

Then i dragged myself off the bed and into the shower where i collapsed on the floor and let the water run over my broken body for about a half hour. Walking from the bathroom back to the bed took the last ounce of strength i had and i damn near didn't make it. The floor would have been just fine. About 4 hours later, Ellen arrived and using a blotter, sopped up what was left of me and stowed me and Eddy in the car. Away and home. I threw up three times along the way and when i got home collapsed in bed where i stayed for the next 24 hours. I drank lots of liquids and finally felt normal in about four days.

You're probably wondering whether i did the Double the next year. Uh, nooooooo ... i decided that some guys are sprinters and some guys are long distance machines. I'm not a long distance machine ... experience tells me i've got exactly 150 good miles in me --- or 150 good miles and 20 really lousy ones. After that, somebody else take over cuz' i'm calling Ellen.
Doubly entertaining!Slipstream
Apr 28, 2002 4:58 PM
When someone says, "Go to Ellen," you can just smile. And so can I. It's great to have a partner, isn't it? :>)

btw, how did your friend finish?
not only did he finish - - -liv2padl
Apr 29, 2002 12:13 AM
but after a nights rest, he rode 80 miles home the next day. everyone else got a ride in a car! the guy's an animal. i used to think i was too. i used to think alot of things. now i know better. ;-)
this is pretty typicalcyclopathic
Apr 29, 2002 6:14 AM
This is happens when you run out of glycogen stores. The trick is "eat, drink, slow down and keep pedaling". NO matter how hard it seems you will recover and it will happen faster on the bike. Of cause at that point you're looking at 15mph or less.

Interesting that even pros will face the same problem they will "bonk" and slow down to the same speed as we mortals. If anything is indication in '85 RAAM Jock Boyer (I think his best finish was 14th in the tour) barely won from Secrest. Only 4hrs, and if Secrest didn't get caught in fog on Blue Ridge pkwy, who knows.. they were less then 2hr apart and he was gaining on Boyer.
A century is 100.vitusdude
Apr 29, 2002 5:25 AM
An english century is 100 miles.
A metric century is 100 kilometers.

You can have it both ways.
typical century is ~102-106micyclopathic
Apr 29, 2002 6:23 AM
to counter the possibility of diff computer adjustments, so ~165-170km.