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hardest 100's in america?(19 posts)

hardest 100's in america?sonewivestillgotthemilkcrateonback
Aug 24, 2003 9:36 PM
i just did my first century (hotter than hell 100). someone told me the HHH is the 3rd hardest ride. what are the first 2?
The hardest century!Canidraftyou
Aug 24, 2003 10:32 PM
The hardest century is the one where you gave 100% trying to beat you're personal best!

Im a survivor of HHH.

What was the time, and are you going to try and beat it next season?

peace out
i'm not so sureJS Haiku Shop
Aug 25, 2003 5:10 AM
some of the gang did HHH last year and said our saturday training centuries in memphis (in summer) were much worse--heat, plus 90+% humidity. drink up! difficult to cool off by sweat evaporation when you're riding through the equivalent of a warm towel for 6 hours.

try something with a little ripple in the profile: dahlonega 6-gap, mt. mitchell, bridge to bridge, or cherohala.

let us know how they compare to "america's 3rd hardest 100".
i'm not so sureandre71144
Aug 25, 2003 5:17 AM
Mt Mitchell gets my vote. It comes very early in the riding season so you don't often have enough miles built up. Also the weather is so unpredictable one year sunnny and warm the next could be (actually has been) low 40's and rain storm. Ye s low 40 in May in the Carolinas
The second 100 in a double century with...PdxMark
Aug 25, 2003 5:39 AM
more than 10,000 feet of climbing.
Hard question to answer . . .ms
Aug 25, 2003 6:54 AM
I'm sure that there are lists by "experts." But, I think that it really is hard to rank centuries very precisely. Sure, a realtively flat century without wind is going to be a piece of cake compared to a century with 10,000 feet. But, for me the weather conditions on a given day are much more of a factor than anything else. Other than when I bonked on the Mountains of Misery in 2002, the hardest organized ride I ever have done was a metric century over rolling hills when it was in the high 90s with humidity at the same levels. I had done the same ride several time before with no difficulty whatsoever. Most years 100-200 people finishthe ride, the year when it was in the high 90s, I think that only about 20 people finished.

For me, with my sensitivity to high heat, anything called the Hotter then Hell 100, sounds like its among the hardest. But, I would be curious to hear what others say.

For what it is worth, I have heard the Mountains of Misery compared to Mt. Mitchell, but given that I have not done Mt. Mitchell, I can't compare the two rides.
HHH can't even be in top 20DougSloan
Aug 25, 2003 7:42 AM
I heard one rider tell us that he did HHH in 3 hours 40 minutes. Any century that can be done that fast can't come close to qualifying as "hardest." Climbing, altitude, road conditions, weather, make a huge difference. As far as I know, HHH only has hot weather as a factor. Try 100+ degrees with 10,000 feet of climbing, twisty descents, and bad roads.

Don't know where the HHH would rank...SlowFast
Aug 25, 2003 9:05 AM
But to say that heat is the only factor is generally wrong. Most strong riders are much more concerned with the summer Texas wind than the heat. Pretty normal to encounter 20 mph southerly breezes. The last 65 miles or so are almost all crosswind or headwind. Definitely kicks the difficulty up a notch or two.

As far as the rider doing it in 3:40, well that would be very impressive, and frankly I seriously doubt it unless he is a really top notch racer riding in exceptional wind conditions. The winner this year, in unusually light winds, finished in 4:05. Last years HHH winner, one of the top cat 1 racers in Texas, finished with a much slower time due to heavy winds.

Was the guy who claimed the 3:40 call himself Aarontoy?
Don't know where the HHH would rank...Birddog
Aug 25, 2003 6:45 PM
This years time was actually 3:59 and change according to a few people that finished in the lead group. Conditions were very favorable; temp was 94 with low humidity and very light winds for the leaders at the finish. It reached 99 later and the winds picked up some too. Everyone I talked to said it was the best conditions in a very long time, maybe of all time.
Splitting hairs here, but...SlowFast
Aug 25, 2003 7:44 PM
The Dallas Morning News (they would NEVER get it wrong, would they?) quoted the winner, Les Akin, as saying he finished in 4:05. I heard other people claiming 3:59 on another forum. Whatever, the conditions were very, very good. 3:40 would be one heck of a ride, no matter what the year.

FWIW, I finished in 5:10, after having major cramps in my right leg with 20 miles to go. Hard to keep your speed up when pedaling with one leg on and of for several miles! Rode 103 miles without stopping, despite it all.
3:40 possible...Kinda like the perfect stormteoteoteo
Aug 25, 2003 6:52 PM
3:40 is possible for sure but conditions have to be near perfect. I did my first HHH at age 15 in 4:45, I had been a BMX rider that converted to road bikes 3 monthes before. The next year the weather was unbelievable and I was lined at the very front rolling out with all my older racer friends from my local shop.

My intention was to roll 100k see if I could get close to the course record. When we got close to 100k split I was pinned in group 100 strong and I missed turn. My water rations ran low (extra 38 miles will do that to you)and wicked cramps took me to out of the ride at mile 84ish. My group finished at 3:48 and there was one group in front of them.

The wind was near calm and cool temps stayed below 90....
RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Rainier One Dayspluti
Aug 25, 2003 8:25 AM
maybe doesn't qualify as a century 'cause it's 150 +-. But with three major climbs and a mountain that creates it's own microclimates. I would list it as one of the most exhilarating rides anywhere. Scenic, challenging, and unpredictable.
doesn't qualify--not a 'century'. there are many hard >100s nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 25, 2003 8:46 AM
Hardest two I've ever done............Len J
Aug 25, 2003 8:55 AM
are Assualt on Mount Mitchell & Mountains of Misery.

Can't speak for others, but Anything with several 1000 ft of climbing that you are riding for a personal best is Hard.

125.71 lengths of the GG bridgespluti
Aug 25, 2003 9:02 AM
on a sunny sunday Afternoon
No kidding....PseuZQ
Aug 25, 2003 9:32 AM
"I think that our group of 12 people should stop our bikes and have pictures taken right here at the South Tower!"

Tourists...God bless 'em all! I don't really fault them because the view *is* really cool.
How about this one?laffeaux
Aug 25, 2003 9:31 AM
World's Toughest Century

It's 106 miles with 12,000 feet of climbing. If theat's not enough, there is a 140 miles ride with 14,500 feet of elevation gain.

It's coming up in two weeks.
Any one you haven't trained for! (n.m.)Trux
Aug 25, 2003 10:35 AM
Okay. Next season's projectKristin
Aug 25, 2003 11:40 AM
Someone needs to ride all the century's in America next summer and then rank them!! Have fun.