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Finished my first century today, broken spoke and all.(10 posts)

Finished my first century today, broken spoke and all.Ron B
Jun 30, 2002 6:02 PM
I'm really tired right now so I'll give a short report.

The biggest problem I had on the century is a broken spoke at mile 19 and a serious bonk at mile 90.

The spoke was quite a surprise as I had never broken a spoke before. What really sucked is I forgot my spoke wrench and multi tool when I left the house. But thankfully some nice guys stopped and loaned me one. After straightening the wheel out (though there was a wheel hop) I was back on my way, 31 rear wheel spokes and all.

Century course planner hate us! They had the two biggest hills put in the last 10 miles of the ride. Just as I started to bonk hard. Nothing to do but keep riding though.

All in all I got in 100.2 miles in just a fraction over 5 hours and 54 minutes with an average speed of 16.9 mph. This however does not include rest stops, it's only time on the bike. Add in rest stops and fixing my bike and it would add an extra 30 minutes to the ride. I would also guess that there was maybe 2500-3500 feet of climbing during the ride, so it was a fairly flat century.

I survived and I'm going to pass out now.
Congratulations! May it be the first of many more.STEELYeyed
Jun 30, 2002 6:17 PM
congrats! nice job! (nm)ET
Jun 30, 2002 7:09 PM
Jul 1, 2002 5:43 AM
Nice job!

Nice result inspite of the difficulty...way to go!! [nm]jagiger
Jul 1, 2002 5:53 AM
re: Congrats. Take a much earned rest. (nm)JL
Jul 1, 2002 6:21 AM
now you get the secret handshake; congrats nmDougSloan
Jul 1, 2002 6:59 AM
no fair! nobody ever taught me the secret handshake! (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 7:38 AM
good thing you had a 32 spoke wheel (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 7:37 AM
Be careful -- centuries (and other long rides) are addictive-nmms
Jul 1, 2002 10:07 AM