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Century this weekend - FLATTESTbill105
Aug 27, 2003 10:02 AM
For those interested, there is a century in Clarksville, TN this Saturday the 30th. Thats close to Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Louisville, KY, Evansville, IN and Hunstvile, AL. Web site is below. It only has 400 feet of climbing in 100 miles!
ok i'm calling BSJS Haiku Shop
Aug 27, 2003 10:16 AM
no offense intended to you, bill105.

although i didn't ride the century last year, i did ride the double, and the route was rolling farmland, not flat. central & most of southern illinois is actually "flat"; maybe 1000 feet cumulative elevation gain over 100 miles. i would suspect somewhere between 2500 and 4000 feet of cumulative rolling per 100 miles in the clarksville area.

website says it's blazingly fast due to the flatness, with a best-ever finish of 4:11. LOL--time for the chatt 3/3 over those "hills" last year was 4:48.

i've heard mixed reviews of the clarksville century from locals and others alike, but my experience at last year's double was negative--including being lost by the ride organizers, a practical joker changing the road markings (10 extra miles on a double, no biggie), the organizers not manning the emergency phone # on the cues, not checking the emergency # voice mail, and not having any support, water, or food for an "orgized" DC over the last 125 miles. we (2 of us) came in with the extra miles to find the organizers leaving the parking lot. their response was not apologetic for their shortcomings; it was more or less "oh, well."

this was the #1 worst ride i've ever paid to attend.

I will never be back.

Ive got the opposite problem next weekendspookyload
Aug 27, 2003 10:46 AM
I am doing the Enchanted Circle Century at Red River,NM and it has over 9000' of climbing in 102 miles. It starts in red river and goes to angel fire, taos, and many other high altitude destinations. I think the highest elevation is 9,000' and is starts at 6'000. Anyone looking to sample the air up there is welcome to suffer with me. Here is a link to the webpage:
Aug 27, 2003 7:44 PM
The EC has more like 5,000 feet of climbing, not 9,000. Starting in Red River at around 8700 feet, it decends to Questa, then takes a roller coaster ride to Taos which is about 6900 feet. Then a long climb up Taos Canyon and over Palo Flechado (9100 feet) and down into the Moreno Valley which is about an average of 8400 feet. Out and back to Black Lake through Angel fire, then back in the Moreno Valley and on to Eagle Nest and N to Red River climbing Bobcat pass which is about 9800 feet. None of this sounds really that tough, but climbing Bobcat which begins at about mile 90 is a real challenge when you are running near empty.
re: Century this weekend - SECOND FLATTESTElefantino
Aug 27, 2003 6:31 PM
Historic Savannah Century this weekend. The only "climbs" are the bridges over the Savannah River.

I'll be wearing the Navigators national crit champ jersey. I guess that means I'll answer to "Fred."