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recipe for a great century(7 posts)

recipe for a great centurydzrider
Sep 15, 2003 12:42 PM
For the past two years I've helped plan a 5 day charity ride in CT. To attract more riders next year, we hope to add a century option on the last day. Any thoughts on your criteria for evaluating a great century ride would be a big help.
re: recipe for a great centuryjtolleson
Sep 15, 2003 3:26 PM
It needs to add one cool thing. A climb, a cool destination, a loop of a lake... whatever the terrain allows. I personally HATE it when a "century option" does nothing more than send me out for an additional 35 flat and empty miles (even worse if it is an out-and-back to a lone aid station).

But that will be dictated by what your route provides (ie., there isn't always a "cool thing" to add via a century option).
Sep 15, 2003 3:28 PM
- scenic
- stops every 25mi with good food options
- not too busy roads
- not too flat and
- not too hilly (I had people bulk 'cause century had over 14,000')
- not too many turns on cue sheet (1 page rule/AND good cues)

as I recall there're some beautiful country roads in CT, good luck
What ride in CT Do you have a website?? nmgildomilo
Sep 15, 2003 5:15 PM
re: What ride in CT Do you have a website?? nmcyclopathic
Sep 16, 2003 5:32 AM
Boston brevets, some of them go through CT. They should have cue sheets on website


PS if you're asking about hilly century, it is in MD/PA
re: recipe for a great centuryms
Sep 15, 2003 5:50 PM
1. Well marked route/good cue sheet. MOST IMPORTANT: A cue sheet with correct mileage.

2. A route that is easy to follow.

3. Nice scenery.

4. Not much traffic.

5. Two or three well-stocked rest stops.

6. Real bathrooms (One of my favorite centuries has its rest stops at volunteer fire stations that allow riders to use the bathrooms. If a ride is sufficiently rural, I usually will urinate by the side of the road rather than use a spot-a-pot.)

7. Good weather. This is one thing that you cannot plan, but it makes a big difference. I now realize that my "best centuries" have been ones where the weather was sunny and cool. I tend to avoid centuries in July and August because I do not have great tolerance for temperatures over 90 degrees. If you do have bad weather, good support is very important.

8. Something different. Example: Last year, I did the Mojave by Moonlight Century. Starting a century at 7:00 p.m. and riding most of it with lights in the dark was something that I never would have done alone. It was a blast.

9. Junk food at the last rest stop. There is nothing better than a coke and potato chips at the 80 or 90 mile mark of a century. Others may have other preferences. But, by the time I hit the 80 mile mark, I am tired of gels, clif bars, fruit, fig newtons and other things that I eat during the beginning of the ride. I need sugar, salt and caffine.
Contact me please off-boardpitt83
Sep 16, 2003 5:40 AM
pitt83 at yahoo dot com

If this is the ride which just completed, I have some thoughts and questions.