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How fast was your fastest century?(17 posts)

How fast was your fastest century?Snyder
Oct 28, 2002 4:10 AM
5:18:00 (nm)rtyszko
Oct 28, 2002 5:17 AM
4:35PaulCL
Oct 28, 2002 6:20 AM
But...in all fairness, it was an unusual situation:

Led out by a couple of Cat 2's & 3's the whole way. I never got the front.
10-15mph tailwind during the first 85 miles. Horizontal wind and rain next 15miles
Flat terrain. Not rolling. One hill. Totally flat.

The 4:35 was ride time. We had stops for food/drink etc that totalled maybe 20 minutes. Comes back to the age old question of whether to include stop times????

By the way, the day before the 4:35 century, the same group of three of us rode a 5:10 century. Bottom line is that we held 22-23mph the entire time riding on day two.

Solo century best time was just under six hours of hills, pain, dogs, rain, hunger, thirst and backaches. What fun !!
4:48firstrax
Oct 28, 2002 7:12 AM
very flat course. Carried 2 zefal magnum 32oz bottles and it was cool so I didnt need to stop for water.

Note: This is a "best" time not my normal time.
3:56 in summerville, sc. (nm)merckx56
Oct 28, 2002 7:30 AM
ONCE should be calling soonspookyload
Oct 28, 2002 8:05 AM
just kidding
the lead group was...merckx56
Oct 28, 2002 8:20 AM
about 20 guys (and one very powerful cat. 1 chick!) and the wind cooperated all day. it started with about 40 and slowly dropped to the 20 or so that sprinted for the line! we only had a headwind for about 12 miles. the rest was cross-tail and dead-tail! i needed water at mile 92 but decided to suck it up and not lose the group. the year after, the lead group went 3:52! believe me when i tell you that i wasn't right for about a day and a half afterwards! i went back to work on monday morning and left at lunch!
6 hours...MXL02
Oct 28, 2002 8:54 AM
stopped for cookies only 4 times!
re: How fast was your fastest century?aliensporebomb
Oct 28, 2002 8:56 AM
I've only done one century and that was back when I wasn't
really a cyclist. I was horrible out of shape and hasn't
done any riding at all that year.

I did it on a lark, spur of the moment thing on a borrowed
broken bike and made it in six to seven hours.

And I bonked so bad - I was woefully unprepared. Glad I
did it, but I'm definetely doing one again probably next
season and THIS TIME I'll be prepared.
Too! nmMB1
Oct 28, 2002 9:02 AM
4:42 and 70 more miles to go....scary slow
Oct 28, 2002 10:43 AM
it was the Cross Florida Ride. 170 miles total. I started with a huge group and never felt like I was going more than 5 miles per hour. The first 150 was fine the last 20 was pure hell.
4:56 nmPdxMark
Oct 28, 2002 11:49 AM
4:55 but was pretty flat.Matt Britter
Oct 28, 2002 4:51 PM
-mb
5:07 some of it solo, some paced.Breakfast
Oct 28, 2002 7:42 PM
If it were all paced I'm sure it would've been 15 minutes faster. I did probably three quarters of it solo and hooked up with some guys for the last twenty miles and then we weren't all out on the effort either. The route had a couple thousand feet climbing so it wasn't too flat. I went out fast for the first hour and a half, did the climbing at a good but relatively conservative pace, ran smooth on all the descents, picked it up on the flats and then had help on the final run. Centuries aren't that hard if you're a consistent club rider.
4:50, including rest stopDMoore
Oct 28, 2002 10:41 PM
But it was a pretty quick stop - fill up the bottles, hit the portapotty, scarf a couple of fig newtons and then chase for a few miles to get back on with the group that had already left the stop. Ride time was around 4:40. The stop was at about the 75 mile point, and my bottles had been dry for at least 15 miles. But we had a group of a dozen or so, mostly master's racers and I didn't want to miss the train. Course had some climbs, nothing major, and a pretty good breeze. Tailwind out, headwind back. (Tour de Palm Springs.) The fact that the ride was in February, and most riders weren't really in shape yet, probably slowed us down. I can only wonder what we'd have done if the ride had been later in the year - but then it would have been hotter, so maybe it's a tradeoff.
ride time/total time: 5:04/6:00 group, 6:20/7:00 solo nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 29, 2002 5:39 AM
re: How fast was your fastest century?Snyder
Oct 29, 2002 2:25 PM
Thanks for the re. I did one a looong time ago 5:40 or so. I will be doing my second this week and hope to go under 5 hours, start to finish.