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What's it called in Canada(10 posts)

What's it called in Canadageorge_da_trog
Oct 13, 2003 8:41 AM
Excuse my ignorance but do they have Centuries in Canada? I'm sure the do but since they do use the metric system are they just shorter metric centuries or do they have equal length rides and just call them something else?

Just wondering.
re: There are two types of centurieshudsonite
Oct 13, 2003 9:30 AM
A century ride is 100 miles (about 160 km)
A metric century is 100km

Canada is officially metric, but everyone I know can converse in both Metric and British measurments.

In Quebec (French area of the Country) the organized rides are not called centuries as such. But they are about 160km/100mi. The english speaking people in quebec will call it a century ride, the French will call it a long ride.
re: There are two types of centuriesgeorge_da_trog
Oct 13, 2003 1:40 PM
I know about the metric century but around here they are just subsets of a 'traditional' full century. Sunday I rode the 'cheese and wine century' in Riverbank, CA thus the question just popped in my head.... yeah, long ride, you just start thinking about things.

So, are the rides just promoted as "long rides". The Cheese and Wine Long Ride, and then within that you'd choose the 160/100 km ride.

It's just find it curious that 100 miles seems to be the threshhold for a long ride. We pick 100 miles because we use the imperial system of measure. And as you said, most Canadians can convert back and forth as needed. But what about someplace in Europe where they would never need to know how far a mile was.
re: I can only speak for the French part of Canada- Quebechudsonite
Oct 13, 2003 4:31 PM
I live in the Montreal area, which is the second largest French speaking city in the world. But there is also over a million native English speaking people in and around the city. So we have two cultures (Actually more than that, but that is a different story). The vast majority of people in the city speak both languages, to varying degrees.

For people that are mother tongue English and are cyclist, we talk about centuries. These people, including myself, are more plugged in to the US and the rest of Canada. Our magazines, BB, TV and newspapers are all the same as you would watch and read. So when an English person sets up a ride, we talk about centuries, which is a 100 miles. Remember, many of us grew up before we converted to metric. And most of us travel to the US often. So a century is a 100 miles.

When a French Canadian sets up a ride, they refer to it as a ‘Défi' or a challenge. Throughout the summer we will have various challenges. For example, one is the ‘Le défi métropolitain' or the metropolitan challenge, where the metropolitan is the city of Montreal. They are typically about 100, 120 and 155 km long, depending upon the route that you choose to take. As you can see, they are not thinking century. Now, when we ride these routes, being ‘Century' guys, we will add 5 or 6km on to make it an even 160km or 100 miles. What that means is that our French friends are getting beer a few minutes before we get to the beer tent!

There is also something called the ‘Grand Tour' or large/big tour. This is about 800km or around 500 miles. This takes place over the course of about 1 week. The most popular cycling event is the Tour de l'Île or tour of the Island. Each year the distance is different, but they close part of the city to cars and cyclist do the tour. It attracts about 30,000 to 50,000 cyclists every year, making it the world's largest cycling event.

So we have centuries if we are thinking in English and we have challenges if we are thinking French. I kind of like the idea of the ‘Defi' as it accurately represents a challenge and accomplishment rather than just a distance.
all clear nowgeorge_da_trog
Oct 13, 2003 6:54 PM
That's exactly what I was wondering.


But since when do the rest of Canadians care what Quebec does?=)BCtriguy1
Oct 13, 2003 7:22 PM
That, of course, was just a joke :).
I love montreal, beautiful city.
How about a Swedish century??...52-16SS
Oct 13, 2003 11:18 AM
A Swedish mile (and Norwegian I think) is 10 km, so a swedish century would be 1000 km = 625 US miles

We're working on getting them, along with electricity and carsBCtriguy1
Oct 13, 2003 2:24 PM
Century up here is 160km (approx 100 miles).
LOL. Happy Thanksgiving....TFerguson
Oct 13, 2003 4:46 PM
I got an email the other day from a guy in BC about shipping something to me today (Monday). He said he couldn't because it was Canadian Thanksgiving. "We have it a little earlier up here because we don't have quite as much to be thankful for." Coke spit on the keyboard.

Also, electricity and cars are highly over rated.

LMAO that's a good one!BCtriguy1
Oct 13, 2003 7:17 PM
Yeah, Canadian Thanksgiving isn't that huge a deal up here.

Cars and electricity are over rated? Try saying that while driving your donkey through 8 feet of snow in august down unlit streets to get back to my igloo after a night of drinking Canadian Beer and maple syrup!