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The 2018 Imperial Century A Month Challenge

Discussion in 'CycleChat Monthly Challenges' started by ianrauk, 17 Dec 2017.

  1. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    Welcome to the 11th year of the Cycle Chat Imperial Century A Month Challenge.

    This thread is for the logging of your qualifying ride each month only.
    Please don't post anything else in this thread apart from your qualifying rides.

    It should eventually look like this one:
    2014 Century Register

    There is a Century A Month Chat thread here, for comments, planning rides, bowing out excuses etc which will keep the main Register as neat and tidy as possible.

    The challenge is to ride 1 x 100+ mile ride per month during the calendar year (January to December) to complete the challenge. Only log the first qualifying ride of each month.

    Please include the following info....Date of ride, distance of ride and a route description of your ride. (please don't just post a link to your ride, Strava, RidewithGPs etc).

    This as an example

    04/04/15 (C143) Ashford and back.

    Ashford and back Via Otford, Pilgrim's Way, Kemsing, Plaxtol, Hadlow. Yalding, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Smarden, Pluckley, Chart and Ashford.
    106.17miles. 7.04.50 Riding Time. 15.00Avg. 2431ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 33.4mph. Pinnacle Pyrolite 2014

    To make and add a heatmap picture of your 12 qualifying rides as below, you can use www.jonathanokeeffe.com linked to your Strava account.

    A reminder of the rules:

    -A century is a single ride of at least 100.0 miles as measured on a reasonably accurate cycle computer. 99.9 miles or less is not a century.

    -Breaks/stops during the ride are permitted for refreshment/repairs/sightseeing etc but stops to sleep and stops at your home are not permitted.

    -A qualifying century cannot start before 0001hrs on the morning of the first day of the calendar month.

    -For qualifying rides ridden on the last day of the month: the 100.0 mile mark must have been passed by 2359.59 hrs on that day.

    -If you miss a month you are out of the challenge, no exceptions for any reason, riding more than one century in a month does not entitle you to miss a month in lieu.

    -Centuries ridden on rollers/turbo trainers/indoor velodromes do not count towards the challenge.

    Successful participants of the Cycle Chat Century A Month challenge are entitled to display a gold star full-d-1443009817-jpg.jpg

    If for any reason you can't edit your post when adding a newly completed ride, Please PM Shaun and ask that he allow's you to edit your post.

    Good luck to all those that enter. See you on the road.
  2. OP

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    01/01/18 (C229) Kent loop with @Trickedem .
    Malling, Borough Green, Plaxtol, Golden Green, Tudely, Capel, Brenchley, Horsmonden, Goudhurst, Iden Green, Sissinghurst, Biddenden, Brethersden, Pluckley, Headcorn, Marden, Yalding, Plaxtol, Malling and home.
    100.00 miles. 7.36.33 Riding Time. 13.1Avg. 4453ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 31.5mph. Planet X Hurricane Ti 2017.

    10/02/18 (C231) To Ashford and back.

    Malling, Borough Green, Igtham, Plaxtol, Golden Green, Beltring, Yalding, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Smarden and Ashford. Same in return
    101.1 miles. 6.48.58 Riding Time. 14.8Avg. 2013ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 30mph. Planet X Hurricane Ti 2017.

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    Last edited: 10 Feb 2018
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  3. 13 rider

    13 rider Veteran

    Jan 1st 110.8 miles
    Anstey ,Cossington ,Billesdon ,Lutterworth ,Monks Kirby ,Bedworth ,Nuneaton ,Sutton Cheney ,Desford ,Anstey
    Moving time 7.09.48 elevation 5275ft
    Feb 17th 103.5 miles
    Anstey ,Shepshed ,Melbourne ,Hilton ,Hatton ,Weston on Trent ,Shardlow ,Kegworth ,Willoughby on the Wolds ,Barrow ,Quorn ,Mountsorrel ,Anstey
    Moving time 6.45.42 elevation 3631ft
    March 11th 127.9 miles
    Anstey ,Loughborough ,Asfordby ,Long Bennington ,Coldeby ,Bardney , 50km loop back to Bardney ,Lincoln
    Moving time 8.13.38 elevation 3572ft
    Last edited: 11 Mar 2018
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  4. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Jan 01st (Century 81)
    125.8 miles, moving time 8hrs 16 minutes, average speed 15.2mph
    Leicester, Anstey, Cropston, Rothley, Syston, Billesdon, Tur Langton, Hallaton,Medbourne, Welham, Thorpe Langton, West Langton, Kibworth, Fleckney, Bruntingthorpe, Lutterworth, Claybrooke Parva, Monks Kirby, Harborough Magna, Brinklow, Shilton, Bulkington, Bedworth, Astley, Nuneaton, Higham on the Hill, Sutton Cheney, Kirkby Mallory, Desford, Ratby, Groby, Anstey, Leicester

    Feb 17th (Century 82)
    126.48 miles, moving time 8hrs 28 minutes, average speed 14.9mph
    Leicester, Anstey, Shepshed ,Melbourne ,Hilton ,Hatton ,Weston on Trent ,Shardlow ,Kegworth ,Willoughby on the Wolds ,Barrow ,Quorn ,Mountsorrel ,Anstey, Leicester.

    Mar 11th (Century 83)
    134.92 miles, moving time 9hrs 07 minutes, average speed 14.8mph
    Leicester, Countesthorpe, Peatling Parva, Gilmorton, Leicester, Cossington, Thrussington, Hoby, Wartnaby, Long Clawson, Bottesford, Dry Doddington, Claypole, Bramdon, Brant Broughton, Coleby, Bardney, Minting, East Torrington, Snelland, Stainton by Langworth, Stainfield, Bardney, Lincoln.

    2018 Imperials
    Last edited: 11 Mar 2018
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  5. Trickedem

    Trickedem Veteran

    1st Jan 18 Kent loop with @ianrauk
    Strood, Halling, Borough Green, Plaxtol, Golden Green, Tudely, Capel, Brenchley, Horsmonden, Goudhurst, Iden Green, Sissinghurst, Biddenden, Brethersden, Pluckley, Headcorn, Marden, Yalding, Aylesford and home.
    100.6 miles. 8:10:19 Riding Time. 12.3 mph Avg. 4439ft Elevation Gain. Van Nicholas Yukon

    3rd Feb 18. Century with @rb58
    Strood, Cobham, Farningham, Eynsford, Shoreham, Titsey, Limpsfield, Dormandsland, Forest Row (breakfast), Hartfield, Groombridge, Frant, Lamberhurst, Horsmonden, Staplehurst, Paddock Wood, Yalding, Aylesford, Strood
    104.95miles, 8:25 Riding Time, 12.4mph average, 6560 ft climb. Pinnacle Pyrolite.

    10th Mar 18. Kent Loop
    Strood, All Hallows, Southfleet, Eynsford, Sevenoaks, Hadlow, East Malling, Exedown Hill, Cyclopark, Strood
    102.41miles, 8:31:59 Riding Time, 12mph average, 5,699ft climb. Van Nicholas Yukon
    Last edited: 11 Mar 2018
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  6. Aravis

    Aravis White-Haired Trundler

    Yet another year older (57½). Usual bike Raleigh Pioneer Trail 4000 (c1993) reconfigured as a light tourer.

    January 2018 (C308): 5/1/18, A loop around Hereford via Bodenham, crossing the Wye at Bridge Sollars and Kerne Bridge. As with last January's version, seemed pretty hard going, but Strava isn't too dismissive of my efforts! Lots of mud early on, but the roads dried out remarkably well later. 104.74 miles.


    February 2018 (C310): 7/2/18, Down the A38 to Alveston, Severn Bridge, Caldicot. Magor Fen, Newport, Caerleon, Usk, Raglan, Symonds Yat, Newent, and wearily back to Gloucester. Very cold and very slow, but nothing dangerous. 111.47 miles.


    March 2018 (C312): 6/3/18, A gentle warm-up around Berkeley before climbing into the Cotswolds at Chipping Sodbury. Explored some unfamiliar roads around the upper Avon (the Bristol one) before heading home via the Water Park and the Stroud Valley. Lots of snow drifts but no blockages, apart from one railway bridge near Wootton Bassett which was flooded and spoilt my ride outline. 133.74 miles.

    Last edited: 6 Mar 2018
  7. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
    5 Jan 18: 100 miles + 4445 feet: Exmouth, Crediton, Winkleigh, Chulmleigh, Witheridge, Tiverton, Powderham, Exmouth
    9 Feb 18: 101 miles and 3412 feet: Exmouth, Budleigh, Churchinford, Uffculme, Tiverton, Dawlish Warren, Exe estuary trail to Exmouth
    Last edited: 9 Feb 2018
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  8. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Eastbourne-Bexhill-Polegate-Wilmington-Litlington-Seaford-Newhaven-Brighton-Shoreham-Worthing-Littlehampton-Barnham-Chichester-Havant-Portsmouth. 101.3 miles in 10:14 (8:33 moving, 11:13 elapsed), moving average 11.8 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    Portsmouth-Wickham-Bishops Waltham-Colden Common-Timsbury-West Dean-Salisbury and reverse (plus a few little wiggles for extra mileage). 100.27 miles in 9:16 (9:06 moving, 10:25 elapsed), moving average 11.0 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    Portsmouth-Wickham-Colden Common-Winchester-Stockbridge-Middle Wallop-Andover-Whitchurch-Alresford-Hambledon-Denmead-Portsmouth. 100.32 miles in 9:55 (7:14 moving, 11:05 elapsed), moving average 10.1 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.
    Last edited: 13 Mar 2018
  9. rb58

    rb58 Enigma

    Bexley, Kent
    9 January 2018. Century 183 overall.
    London Bridge, Docklands, Barking, Dagenham, Orsett, Pitsea, Hadleigh, Southend, then back by much the same route to the Woolwich ferry.

    102.2 miles. 13.5mph rolling. Enigma Etape.

    3 February 2018. Century 184.
    Farningham, Eynsford, Shoreham, Titsey, Limpsfield, Dormandsland, Forest Row (breakfast), Hartfield, Groombridge, Frant, Lamberhurst, Horsmonden, Yalding, Hadlow, Plaxtol, Otford, Eynsford, Dartford, Bexley.

    101.4 miles, 13.3mph rolling. Enigma Etape. Rained all day.
    Last edited: 3 Feb 2018
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  10. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Staff Member

    I'm back for my third go at the challenge.

    10-January-2018: An anti clockwise loop round mid & north Shropshire. Lyth Hill, Condover, Acton Burnell, Cardington, Hughley, Cressage, Upton Magna, Shawbury, Wem, Colemere, Ellesmere, Gobowen, Oswestry, Maesbrook, Melverley, Prince's Oak, Westbury, Edge, Exfords Green, Condover and home. Ride Report. 102.95 miles at 12.5 mph average

    2-February-2018: A clockwise loop round North Shropshire. Condover, Exfords Green, Pontesbury, Minsterley, Westbury, Prince's Oak, Melverley, Maesbrook, Oswestry, Gobowen, Ellesmere, Colemere, Lyneal, Northwood, Prees, Ightfield, Calverhall, Longford, Market Drayton, Eaton-on-Tern, High Ercall, Withington, Upton Magna, Atcham, Cross Houses, Condover, Lyth Hill & home. Ride Report. 101.59 miles. 13 mph average.

    13-March-2018: A clockwise loop round mid & south Shrophire plus bits of Herefordshire & Powys. Condover, Upton Magna, Wroxeter, Cressage, Longville, Peaton, Ludlow, Pipe Aston, Adforton, Bucknell, Hopton Castle, Lydbury North, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirbury, Westbury, Nox, Lea Cross, Exford's Green, Condover and home. Ride Report. 102.69 miles. 12.7 mph average
    Last edited: 14 Mar 2018 at 13:15
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  11. Lilliburlero

    Lilliburlero Wilier ftw

    South Derbyshire
    January 14th - Overseal, Measham, Ashby de la Zouch, Heather, Market Bosworth, Dadlington, Atterton, Twycross, Tamworth, Catton, Drakelow, Lullington, Netherseal, Measham, Albert Village, Overseal. 100.2 miles in 6h18mins averaging 15.9 mph with 3658ft Elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1356937211 https://www.relive.cc/view/1356937211

    February 4th - Overseal, Repton, Tutbury, Anslow, Barton under Needwood, Elford, Tamworth, Thorpe Constantine, Twycross, Atherstone, Stoke Goulding, Market Bosworth, Heather, Ashby de la Zouch Overseal. 100.12 miles in 6h46mins averaging 14.8 mph with 3529ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1391576201 https://www.relive.cc/view/1391576201

    March 11th - Overseal, Hugglescote, Cossington, Hoby, Long Clawson, Bottlesford, Claypole, Bardney, East Torrington, Bardney, Lincoln. 128.4 miles in 8h30mins averaging 15.1 mph with 3700 ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1448263770 https://www.relive.cc/view/1448263770
    Last edited: 12 Mar 2018
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  12. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One.....

    Jan 14th (Century 1) - Eton, Staines, Ascot, Bracknell, Owlsmore, Frimley, Pirbright, Ash, Ash Vale, Ash Green, Guildford, Chobham, Chertsey and home. 101.4 miles in 6hrs 58mins, average 14.6 mph, 2635ft elevation.

    Feb 18th (Century 2) – Langley, Eton, Windsor, Ascot, Camberley, Frimley Green, Pirbright, Chobham, Windsor Great Park & home. 101.6 miles in 7hrs 6mins, average 14.3 mph, 3478ft elevation.
    Last edited: 18 Feb 2018
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  13. January 14th. SE4, Titsey, Toy's Hill, Penshurst, Hawkenbury, Brenchley, Yalding, Carter's Hill, Kemsing, Vigo, Meopham, St Mary Cray, Shortlands. 100.4 miles

    February 3rd. SE4, Downe, Toy's Hill, Markbeech, Cowden, Minor roads & fords from Hell of the Ashdown, Coleman's hatch, Hartfield, Cowden (again), Forest Row (again) Coleman's Hatch (again), Kidd's Hill, Groombridge, Sevenoaks Weald, Hubbard's Hill, Hogtrough Hill, Hayes. 103.4 miles.

    March 10th. SE4, Eynsford, Titsey, Limpsfield, Dormansland, Forest Row, Groombridge, Frant, Horsmonden, Mardon, Yalding, Hadlow, Plaxtol, Sevenoaks. 102.3 miles
    Last edited: 10 Mar 2018
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  14. 14 January - First of the Year, 101miles in 6:03:41 (16.7mph moving ave), with a max of 32.9mph and 5,328ft of climbing
    Peterbough-Awalton-Elton-Wansford-Kings Cliffe-Collyweston-Ketton-Stamford-Pilsgate-Bainton-Ashton-Ailsworth-Marholm-Ufford-Bainton-Tallington-Barholm-Uffington-Belmesthorpe-Little Casterton-Great Casterton-Pickworth-Holy Well-Castle Bytham-South Witham-North Witham-Colsterworth (Cafe) - Swayfield-Creeton-Little Bytham-Careby-Aunby-Belmesthorpe-Uffington-Barnack-Wansford-Elton-Awalton-Peterborough

    18 February - PCC Reliability Ride Plus, 102.4 miles in 6:21:11 (16.1mph moving ave), with a max of 37.8mph and 5,434ft of climbing:
    Peterborough-Awalton-Ferry Meadows-Rutland Cycles-Elton-Wansford-King's Cliffe-Blatherwyke-Bulwick-Laxton-Harringworth-Wakerley-Barrowden-Seaton-Lyddington-Eyebrook Reservoir-Great Easton-Drayton-Nevil Holt-Medbourne-Ashley-Cottingham-Gretton-Harringworth-Laxton-Bulwick-Southwick-Fotherinhay-Elton-Rutland Cycles-Elton Furze-Washingley-Folksworth-Norman Cross-Haddon-Elton Furze-Peterborough

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: 18 Feb 2018
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  15. redfalo

    redfalo known as Olaf in real life

    Brexit Boomtown
    13/01 - 130 miles - Odenwald-Eight
    A not too flat solo ride into the Odenwald forest to the south-east of Frankfurt.

    24/02 - 130 miles - A character building day in the Taunus
    It was a crazy idea to to 200km ride with 3000 meters of climbing in February, on a day with sub-zero temperatures before dawn and after dusk. Water bottles at the finish were frozen solid. I also had two annoying mechanicals, a puncture with a slashed tyre (which I booted, and a knackered hub dynamo (brocken axis, or bearing).

    17/03 - 188 miles - Three countries and the Russian whip
    My first official Audax in Germany. It was a nice rice on memory lane, as I knew some parts of route from my time in Düsseldorf, and others from the Vi(v)a Colognia Tour with the Fridays in 2016. It was sub-zero the whole day, and the water bottles again froze solid. For the way back, we had to battle an ice cold wind the German press dubbed "the Russian whip". And I have to say it was really an apt name. On the next day, I felt like a 90-year old suffering from rheumatism.
    Last edited: 18 Mar 2018 at 20:20