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  • The logistics of a Forum Century.

     Steve Kish updated 11 years, 12 months ago 10 Members · 25 Posts
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  • Gunner

    Member
    17 May 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Whilst riding today we touched on the subject of covering 100 miles or “doing a Century”.

    The prospect of completing a Century marks an important milestone for many cyclists, sometimes it’s just about being able to get an oppurtunity to be in the saddle for that long, and hoping that you have been able to build fitness to allow for that in the short times you are able to train.

    For others, it’s about putting in the ever increasing training volume to allow for a relatively easy ride……………..

    Question is, do you think we as Forum group could ride a Century, would we want to ride a Century, who would want to ride a Century, when could we ride a Century, where would we ride to?

    Any thoughts, any loose ideas………… ❓

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    17 May 2009 at 7:43 pm

    go out on roads you’ve never been on before and get lost, that usualy ends up becoming a centuary ride 😉 😆

  • vince

    Member
    17 May 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Question is, do you think we as Forum group could ride a Century, would we want to ride a Century, who would want to ride a Century, when could we ride a Century, where would we ride to?

    As mentioned today its one of my aims for the year,its something i would never of thought possible 3 months ago but now i want to clock up my first century.I think between you and Harry you could come up with a good 100 mile route,and i think we should get a few takers from the forum.We need to come up with a good route and then stick a date to it sometime before the end of September maybe ???

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 8:15 am

    Done at an easy pace with some stops, wouldn’t be too much of a task over (say) 8-9 hours.

  • Abzz

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 8:28 am

    Sorry if I am stating the obvious and not yet being a roadie, I suppose my opinion is of limited value 🙄 , however I think any any route you choose should also be fairly flat and sheltered from any big winds, as the goal of the ride will be to achieve the century, rather than showing your climbing abilities or how you can cope with 50 miles of head wind 😯 .

  • hugo15

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 11:28 am

    The route choice will be crucial. 100 Miles through the NY Moors will be a real tough ask but if we headed out towards Bedale/Ripon then it is much more within reach. The pace will be important too as it will have to be comfortable for everyone who is riding, which probably means it might be a tad slow for some of us. If we have someone blow at 50 or 60 miles then it is going to be a long old ride home.

    I think the Teesside branch of the CTC do a centuary ride in July, leaving from Yarm Town Hall. I have just tried to have a look but the IT police have blocked the web page at work……………….. will have a look when I get home tonight.

    Depending on the route and timing (and a successful visa application!) I would be interested.

  • Anonymous

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 11:28 am

    I’d be up for it. I was disappointed as I only managed 92 miles last year. I could probably plot most of the route on Bike Hike. Obviously it would require some tweaking to add the extra 8 miles, but that shouldn’t be too hard. The ride was fairly flat if I remember.

  • ShinSplint

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 11:32 am

    I’d be up for it too, I did 90 miles on the mtb last year (not easy !), so 100 on the road bike should be do-able.

    I’d be up for it. I was disappointed as I only managed 92 miles last year. I could probably plot most of the route on Bike Hike. Obviously it would require some tweaking to add the extra 8 miles, but that shouldn’t be too hard. The ride was fairly flat if I remember.

    How are you mate? Back on track I hope?

  • HarryB

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Riding 100 miles on a relatively flat course is no big deal really. It only gets tough if it’s a very hilly course or if you go at a fast pace. The problem with a forum 100 is getting a pace that’s not too slow for the faster riders and not too fast for the slower ones. I’ve got a cracking 100-mile route that I did a few weeks ago. All very quiet roads and takes in Richmond, Bedale, Ripon, Northallerton. I’d be more than happy to put a map up. If it’s on a Sunday (which it probably will be) I won’t bbe able to make it.

  • Gunner

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Put the map up Harry please, I’d be interested to see it.

    I think acheiving a 100 mile is important, but I think that there must be some element of challenge to it, and not just upping the pace, as I think that would be unfair to a lot of people.

    That’s why I’d like some element of a moor crossing (climbing) in it and an element of level terrain.

    I think completing a “100” should leave people feeling not only exhilerated with their acheivement, but also leave them at a point in their riding where that performance and the preperation for it has become a springboard to better cycling and increased regular mileages.

    Obviously pace will be an important factor, it will not be possible to go out and hammer as we do on our regular rides, teamwork will be important also so that we can carry and protect weaker team mates.

    I think that setting a realistic pace will be important so that the “stronger” rides kow that they must reign themselves in, whilst the “weaker” riders will know what they must work to.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Ride in a group, stronger riders do more work at the front and just take into consideration how the less strong riders are going. 8)

  • Gunner

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Just to float an idea, 😕 😕

    Would you say it would be realistic or feasible to attempt a course, fairly level, nothing major in terms of climbing, of 125 miles in 12.5 hours.

    Maybe something like this:

    http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=8015

    Come on, what do you think ❓

  • hugo15

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Which way round are you going? I assumed you were going to head out though Kildale but looking at the elevation data I’m not so sure. Did you deliberately go for 25 miles over the century or is that just where it ended up?

    I had something like Stokesley>Helmsley>Castle Howard>Thrisk>Northallerton in mind.

  • Gunner

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Head out to Richmond, onto Masham across to Kirbymoorside, etc., etc.

    And yes, the 125 mile option was deliberate.

    😀

  • hugo15

    Member
    18 May 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I think that’s quite a tough way to go round, with most of the climbing not kicking in until you have 80 to 90 miles in your legs. Does have one advantage though in that you are likely to get the benefit of the prevailing winds when you most need them.

    Going the other way would get the climbing done when you are fresher and there are also more “escape” options to get home if you start to struggle or the weather turns.

    In terms of time I would have thought you would be well under 12.5 hours. I did just over 11 hours for the WRC, which is 115 miles and nearly double the amount of climbing. I was shot by the time 60 miles came up on the clock and really struggled for the second half of the ride.

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