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NSA/OCE Fixte Century is on for this Sunday.(6 posts)

NSA/OCE Fixte Century is on for this Sunday.MB1
Sep 23, 2003 7:34 AM
Alas since we are without power at home there will be no Snow Cones.

Meeting time is 7:15am for a 7:30 departure. Fairly to very flat, the last 20 miles are rolling. There are 50, 70, & 100 mile options. We'll be riding our track bikes, hence "NSA" = "no shifting available", and "OCE" = "or coasting either"; but everyone and every type of bike is welcome, especially if one participates in the spirit of the ride and holds shifting and coasting to a minimum. Bonus points for single speeds. Snow Cones at the park after the ride. No seconds on snow cones for gear heads! RSVP for Snow Cones. Ride leaders intend to ride a "B" pace for the full century.

From Beltway exit 9, go West on I-66
In 20 miles take Exit 44 (2nd exit for VA234 South) toward Manassas Airport.
In 5 miles exit onto VA28 west (Nokesville Rd).
In about 4.5 miles go left on VA652 Fitzwater Drive (TL)
In 1 mi. go right on VA646 Aden Rd @T
In 0.8 mi. go right into the park (just after church).
Restrooms near picnic area. Park in lower lots away from ball fields.

Here is a report of last years ride.
about what time does this shindig usually wind up? nmbill
Sep 23, 2003 7:54 AM
There are a lot of options.MB1
Sep 23, 2003 8:12 AM
There are 50, 75 and 105 mile routes add to the distance however much time you want to spend at lunch. I suspect we may have an odd batch of riders this year since the DC bike messengers know about the ride.

It would be fairly easy to be done by 10am if you do the 50 miler, 1:00ish if you do the 75 miler and between 3-5 for the century. Any group of 3 or more that wants to rip through the route ought to be able to average 20+ without too much difficulty.
I'm getting screwed this weekend...biknben
Sep 23, 2003 8:12 AM
As I've mentioned before, I can't make the ride. My wife will be away and I can't get anyone to watch the kids. Grandma and Grandpa won't be around either. I'm screwed!!!

I'm trying to make the best of it. I'm going to
i watch
a good race on Sat. with the kids. I'm gonna have to plan something special with the kids for Sunday. If I just sit around, I'll spend the day thinking about the good ride I'm missing.

Anyway, have a great time. Weather is looking good. Take lots of pics for us. I'm looking forward to a mega ride report next week.
I just rode my first Fixte Century ...PdxMark
Sep 23, 2003 9:39 AM
It was a great feeling to do it, but I used more energy than I would have on my regular road bike. I wish I could join you, but I'm on the other coast...

My century had more climbing than I expected. A gentle 1500 foot starter climb was OK, but there were nasty, multiple brutal, moderate-to-short climbs (10%-14% grades) inside Hells Canyon. Temperatures in the 40s, rain, and a head wind on the way out added to the calorie burn rate. Overall, I loved it though.

My fixed gear century lesson? Eat more, and don't forget the Chamois Butt'r, because it can be hard to get up off the saddle as you're cruising along. Have fun!
I'll be there ...Humma Hah
Sep 23, 2003 9:58 AM
... no telling on which bike yet, but it will be a silver Schwinn from the '70's, with only one gear, for sure.

Thanks for the offer to rebuild those wheels ... I had no way to get them to you. Besides, I've got a new truing stand and all the parts. I've re-spoked wheels before ... now it is time to learn to make them ROUND!