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Udder Century(8 posts)

Jun 2, 2003 5:02 AM
I rode the Udder Century this Sunday in Union Illinois.It was a great ride and well organized from start to finish.All the volunteers were great and the food was plentiful.I got a chance to meet a fellow RBR member TFerguson who was a volunteer.The course was well laid out and easy to follow.Overall a great ride to go to.I can,t wait for next years.Thanks to all the volunteers for a great day.Next week the Ramble Century in Wilmont Wisconsin.
Very nice ride !yellowspox
Jun 2, 2003 5:51 AM
This was my first century and my first time doing this ride. It was a great experience and I thought the grilled burgers at the rest stop for those on the 100 mile loop was a terrific idea. I rode with two of my other club members and we thought it was a lot easier than the previous weeks Stateline 60 since we didn't have the high winds and multiple hills....that's until we hit about mile 90 and that L O N G hill..LOL! The pasta buffet was a big step above the run-of-the-mill end of ride dinner. I had a flat between rest stop #1 & #2 and many riders paused to see if I needed assistance. That said a lot for the riders in this event. And while I'm handing out kudos, the McHenry club has some neat jerseys and shirts ! I thought the cops were even providing traffic control when we left...until I spotted the Vette in the about your bad day!
Congrats on your first centuryKristin
Jun 2, 2003 6:11 AM
It was a great ride. The route followed terrific roads and was really well marked. How about that long false flat up Harmony Hill Road with a good tailwind, eh? Gives the impression of being stronger than I really am, so I chased down several riders--which I know I'm not suposed to be doing just yet. I'm like an unleashed puppy in traffic. I just can't help myself. However, saddle woes forced me to cut my ride short and follow the 31 mile route. I was pretty bummed. (Bummed, get it?) BUTT, in the end, I'm glad I didn't try to go farther. :-)

Anyway, too bad I didn't meet more RBR members. I did meet TFerguson, but since the riders were so spread out on the course, it was impossible to find people. I hope to do the entire 100 miles next year!!
Congrats on your first centuryyellowspox
Jun 2, 2003 7:09 AM
Thanks. I thought the reason to jump the pace on the early going was to stay warm. I had 39 degrees when I left the house and it wasn't much warmer when we started. If I can get my leg over the bike for our club ride tonight, I think I'll be sucking some wheel. It sure won't be a night to do much pulling. Yoga class on Wednesday should be a hoot! Remember, Advil is your friend !!
We Cut It Short Too!MisJG
Jun 2, 2003 8:07 AM
Several factors had us change from our anticipated 50 to the 31 mile route. Low miles on the bike this year combined with a slow pace (my wife is pregnant and we're trying not to push (another pun!) too hard) and I just couldn't get comfortable. Time constraints (we got a late start and judging from our pace to the first rest stop, we were going to be too late getting back to pick up our daughter after the ride).

Anyway, doing the 31 was kinda fun! We've done the 50, metric and I've done the century in years past, so it was like doing a new ride! As it turns out, we really needed that extra time anyway (read my post above, Not All Road Bikers are Pr!cks), so it all worked out in the end.

We got a late enough start that we were able to ride in just shorts (no tights needed as we thought). This is always a good ride. Well organized, friendly people. It seemed there were more people on the road this year. I forgot to look for 'T' at registration, so I didn't meet anyone from RBR. Kept looking for Bernardo!!
Road Kill CenturyWrigleyRoadie
Jun 2, 2003 6:49 AM
This was my first 100 as well - howabout the perfect weather! I'm sporting a great set of racing stripes on my face from the helmet straps - it was so cloudy at the start I neglected to lather up with the sunblock.

I could have done without all the animal victims in the road, but at least I didn't join them. I stuck to a paceline from 20-40 that included a guy from Florida who has done 30 centuries already this year - amazing.

That hill at the 90-mile was a cruel surprise, but at least the 2-mile downhill was a sweet tradeoff.

Kudos to the McHenry Club for a great pasta spread afterwards, and to all the riders that called out when my partner flatted. See you out there next time...
Any idea what road that hill was?Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 2, 2003 7:01 AM
Just curious,

I think it was Deerpath Rdyellowspox
Jun 2, 2003 7:15 AM
Did you notice the "you made it" painted on the road at the top? cute!