The Metric Century (100KM) A Month Challenge ChatZone

Discussion in 'CycleChat Monthly Challenges' started by ColinJ, 8 Feb 2012.

  1. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    A few of us have taken up the Metric Century A Month challenge again in 2012 and since the original discussion thread seems to have disappeared, I have started this one to take its place.

    I propose that the rules of the challenge should be relaxed slightly. It should still involve riding at least one metric century a month for a year, but I think it is unnecessarily restrictive to have to start in January. Why should someone reading this thread now and thinking that they like the idea of the challenge, have to wait 11 months to start? So, my suggestion is - post which month you started in and do another 11 consecutive months from then. Obviously, the 'points competition' must run Jan - Dec or it wouldn't make any sense!

    Anyway - I did my first challenge ride in January. I found the ride a bit of a slog, but I had a bunch of forum members to keep me company and spur me on. I'm signed up with some of them to do the Mini-Northwest Passage audax a week on Saturday. That's about 120 km so if all goes according to plan, that will be February taken care of too.

    How are the rest of you doing? And does anyone else fancy taking up the challenge now?
     
  2. Edge705

    Edge705 Well-Known Member

    Last week here just short of the 100k can I claim it:rolleyes: never again a hilly one when snow is forecast I must have spent a mile walking in the snow !:o)
     
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Yup,
    I'm in.

    Also made this thread a sticky :thumbsup:
     
  4. OP
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    ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    I think that morally you certainly can, but technically you can't, so look on it as a good warm-up? :thumbsup:

    Let's face it, the main reason for taking up challenges like this is to get us to go out and do more longer rides all year round. You went out and did a tough ride in appalling conditions and you can't reasonably ask more of yourself than that. We aren't pros - we don't get paid for doing this and we have real lives to live!

    Thanks Ian.
     
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  5. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Location:
    Under the Edge
    Sounds like a good plan, but I might wait until I've actually dug myself out to do my first one this year before I formally sign up!
     
  6. OP
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    ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Ah - and I also propose that in the spirit of 'challenge' - you have to announce your first ride before you do it, otherwise you are playing safe! :whistle:

    Something like that! :thumbsup:
     
  7. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Location:
    Under the Edge
    Hmmm.

    I always have good intentions...:blush:
     
  8. OP
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    ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Hmm, you are located in Lancashire so why don't you come along and join us on the Mini-Northwest Passage audax from Rochdale on Saturday 18th? Quite a few of us are aiming to do it. (120 km)

    It's too late to enter by post, but you could ring the organiser and ask if it is okay to enter on the day at event HQ.

    (I must confess that if we are getting that frozen rain malarkey on the day, I'd probably go back to bed!)
     
  9. OP
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    ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Actually, that restriction is a bit unfair isn't it! I mean - if you had done a 100+ km ride in January and/or one in February already, why shouldn't you count them. Okay, count any rides already done!

    Some of us started in January, but I only thought to start this thread yesterday. Use the original ride thread to post a list of your rides. Only make one post there, and just edit that post each time you do another ride.
     
  10. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Location:
    Under the Edge
    I've been tempted by a couple of forum rides, but I'm away half the weekends and folks staying on the others... I'm more likely to get out on a long ride mid-week! And very out of training at the mo...

    But thanks for the encouragement!
     
  11. Well, I did the forum ride Colin mentions in January, so I think I will be giving the challenge a go.
    Looks like I'm available for the Mini North West passage next Saturday, and April is covered by the Century (imperial) ride to Knotty Ash Knott End.
    Just need to organise something for March and we are well on the way :thumbsup:
     
  12. OP
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    ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Good man!
    SITD is also in April so we should definitely get one in that month!
    I'm hoping to do a 100km forum ride on Saturday, 17th March. I'm not sure where to yet, but I'd prefer to avoid Waddington because we've done it already on the last ride, and will be going there again for the Mini-NWP. I'll think of something a bit different! (Something incredibly fixed-hostile, probably! :whistle:)
     
  13. :eek: I might just do 50 laps of Wythy park instead :giggle:
     
  14. Pennine-Paul

    Pennine-Paul Goth on a bike............

    I know when I'm not wanted :cry:
     
  15. OP
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    ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    My thinking was extremely illogical ... I was thinking that with the 110 km hilly SITD coming up in April, I ought to get used to climbing steep hills again. Now does that really mean going out and riding 100+ mega-hilly km? I mean, if I could ride (say) a hilly 105 km then would I really need to prepare for a hilly 110? :wacko:

    Let me rephrase it - a hillier 100 km forum ride which won't be quite as fixed-friendly as the last one or the imperial century forum ride that we will be doing on April 1st! :thumbsup:
     
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