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20.5 average for first ever century ... any good?(5 posts)

20.5 average for first ever century ... any good?Tahoe Gator
Jun 4, 2002 3:29 PM
Did my first century this past weekend around Lake Tahoe as part of a Leukemia event. Ride had 4,000 feet of climbing according to my Polar S710. Did a two-man, 2-minute rotation with a buddy for first 80 miles until he bonked, then finished solo. Made one 5 minute stop for water and a pee, so achieved my goal of finishing in under 5 hours start to finish. Since it was a staged start "ride" and not a "race", I am wondering if this is a respectable result. No riders passed me that I didn't later pass the whole ride, but not sure that means much.
I'd say so!look271
Jun 4, 2002 3:35 PM
That is a really good time, especially considering that it was not flat. Congrats. My best ever average for a century was about 21-22 mph, depending on who's computer you went by =). That was table-top flat and we had a 7 man paceline, taking 1 mile pulls. Generally, a time of less than 6 hrs (approx 16.8 mph) is condsidered "good" on varied terrain.
Thats pretty darn good in my book (nm)grandemamou
Jun 5, 2002 5:05 AM
I did the same ride and...dmoller
Jun 5, 2002 5:39 AM
averaged 15.7, so congrats to you (and that's coming from a Dawg). Rode most of the first 45 miles solo, then hooked up with some of our Atlanta chapter for the rest of the ride. Not sure how your Polar measures climbing, but the ride's website claims about 2,600 feet of climbing, not trying to burst any bubbles, that just seems like a big difference. At 80 miles, that's not the place on the ride to be bonking with the climb to Spooner ahead. Great ride I thought and hope to do it again next year.
yup...pretty goodColnagoFE
Jun 5, 2002 7:22 AM
just did a century last weekend and averaged 18.5...little to no drafting--rode solo. some nasty headwinds and a good deal of climbing though.