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The Metric Century (100KM) A Month Challenge ChatZone

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

  1. Goonerobes

    Goonerobes Veteran

    A slight altercation with the tarmac last week cast some doubt on todays ride but it was such a pleasant day weather wise it seemed a shame not to, so after a couple of pain killers I was off on the summer bike just after 10am.

    There were still some chilly spots in the shade & a slight sheen on some roads so caution was in order until around midday.

    The route itself took in the counties of Hampshire, Dorset & Wiltshire for the 102km duration & was completed with little drama except for going over one pothole which caused my handlebars to shift a little.

    All in all a nice day out.
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  2. OP

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    My sister used to live in nearby Towcester so I have ridden round there a few times. I even rode a charity event on the circuit itself a few years back.

    It is worth going even further NW. I like the roads around Priors Marston and Napton-on-the-Hill.
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  3. Lilliburlero

    Lilliburlero Wilier ftw

    South Derbyshire
    February`s ride ticked off today with a 100 miler and being that I already have my February imperial qualifying ride in, I`ll pop it in here. Out the house just after 6am for a few miles before meeting up with 4 others at 7am for a nice and steady social. A couple of the lads rode 50 miles and the other two rode 80 miles with me, which was a great help. Made it back home for 1pm, which was nice :smile: https://www.relive.cc/view/1413772472
  4. On Saturday I rode down to Biggin Hill for the Hell of the Ashdown, "Kent's Premier Cycle" Sportive. On arrival I found no one there. Bugger, wrong day. So I went home.

    Today I rode down to Biggin Hill for the Hell of the Ashdown, blah blah blah. Right day this time. I've had a tremendous day out on the bike. I positively zoomed round the 107km course in 5:44 - that's 19kmh, as opposed to my recent solo trundles on that route, which have degenerated into painful grinding much more slowly. It has just under 2,000m of climb, and I'm familiar with them all. Knowing what's coming isn't always a good thing.

    Contrary to the usual Sportive tropes, everyone I met was really friendly, I saw zero instances of people riding like plonkers. The food at the feed stations was real, plentiful and included in the £30 price. Why pay to ride on roads that I can ride for free? Because it makes a great change, is a lot of fun, and even a surly git like me gets to meet some interesting people.

    My knees now hurt like hell.
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  5. 13 rider

    13 rider Veteran

    A like for the ride not the sore knee . Sportives make a nice change to the routine I try and do 1 a year along with a couple of local charity rides . It surprising how riding with other people around increases you speed
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  6. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    Very pleasant , if a bit windy, slow cycle to Nantwich via Oulton Park. Nice dry day, with a bit of blue sky showing in the afternoon. 108km, so my longest ride of the year, so far. My 1989 Raleigh winter bike is running nicely with a new cassette, chain and dérailleur, but the old canti brakes aren't the best, even with new red brake blocks.
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  7. Sea of vapours

    Sea of vapours Über Member

    Sounds much like here. Why can't just one day this winter both appear nice in advance and turn out to actually be so, in all respects once out? (Rhetorical question!) Today was spot on apart from the wind which was an awful lot stronger than forecast. I hardly ever modify routes after leaving home but on this occasion I turned back at the top of the Buttertubs pass (solid 25mph headwind with much stronger gusts there - I was barely moving, even on the fairly flat top section) and completed the 100km by heading downwind for over 50km, to the top of the Bowland Knotts, and rolling back down into said wind.

    Very little snow left around here now though, and quite an abundance of snow drops, so that's all rather nice, and whilst the wind was very annoying indeed, it was otherwise an excellent afternoon's pedalling.
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  8. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One.....

    Well the so called 'Beast From The East' made itself known to me today. Bitter cold throughout the whole ride, I struggled to get warm even with thermal layers on, and my pace was down somewhat. On the plus side, I made it. Managed 15 metres/mile of climbing too, 50% more than what i consider normal on my rides.
    Glad to get that one in the bag, and really looking forwards to some warmer weather now.
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  9. Sbudge

    Sbudge Cyclist

    I always add a bit extra just in case after one ride when Mr Garmin said 100.1km but Mr Strava then said it was only 99.8km :-)
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  10. Hence why I can sometimes be seen riding pointless laps of railway station car parks!
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  11. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One.....

    And I thought it was just me. I call them cooling down loops:smile:
  12. OP

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Well done.

    Yes - there was a bitterly cold wind today. I only nipped out on my singlespeed bike to pick up a paper so I didn't bother wearing gloves. By the time I got home my fingers were numb!
  13. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    I thought I'd better get out for another 100km ride before next weeks big freeze, it wasn't too cold in Cheshire, nice empty country roads, plenty of muck spreaders on the fields that you could smell for miles.

    Edit: (Tip: if it looks cold outside, don't set off until after 10am, it will be a bit warmer.)
    Last edited: 22 Feb 2018
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  14. Elysian_Roads

    Elysian_Roads Well-Known Member

    "Edit: (Tip: if it looks cold outside, don't set off until after 10am, it will be a bit warmer)." But do remember that the warmer weather following that later start may bring rain, as early as 5km into a 100km ride ..... DAMHIKT:rain:
  15. steverob

    steverob Über Member

    The good news is Strava have stopped doing this (recently). They now take your GPS's distance as gospel, then offer you the chance to "correct" it to Strava's calculation, much in the same way they have always done for elevation.

    Having said that, I somehow used to tend to get a more generous interpretation of my distance from Strava than I did from Garmin - maybe I was just lucky!
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