The Metric Century (100KM) A Month Challenge ChatZone

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

  1. GuyBoden

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

    Another March 100km today, nice dry blue(ish) sky weather, but I felt I was lacking in energy on the way home, which was a bit strange considering it's a very slow easy flat ride.
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  2. GuyBoden

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

    My last 100km ride for March today, that's six rides in total for March. I hope the weather improves for April, it's still a bit cold out there.
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  3. Elysian_Roads

    Elysian_Roads Senior Member

    Monday was a great day for a cycle ride. Sunny, fairly warm and several cyclists out and about. Sadly I was at work, so my only chance to keep the metric century challenge going was today.

    Went out about 10am, to avoid the frost. First 20 miles was pretty good. Then the rain, and cold, and wind came along which made for a less than enjoyable ride.

    Stopped a couple of times to warm up and keep out of the rain. But got there in the end (100.23 km) and still in the challenge.
  4. Sea of vapours

    Sea of vapours Über Member

    My last March century too. Relatively flat route to make up for the previous one, and the weather was pleasant and sunny apart from half a dozen brief and uncalled for hail showers. It's definitely about time it became warmer - I've had enough of being covered head to toe. The one time I uncovered my face today I lasted about five minutes before re-adopting the Invisible Man look.
  5. Cranky Knee Girl

    Cranky Knee Girl Über Member

    N Somerset
    Nice one. Having lived in Minchinhampton for 15 years I know of most of your route although I didn't cycle then, so lots of smaller roads unknown , as I have found when returning by bike.
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  6. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    Finally got around to tidying the ride thread. 22 starters this year, and 18 have recorded rides each month in the challenge thread. Hoping @Sbudge @13 rider rider, @Katherine and @gbs have forgotten to post them, last chance tomorrow....

    Edit, noted @13 rider ride posted on previous page:okay:
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  7. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    March is done. I forgot we are editing our first post. I reposted instead of editing, after copying and pasting the original so I will go back and edit the original post.
  8. GuyBoden

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

    I think spring might have finally sprung, there was glorious sunshine on today's first April 100km ride to Nantwich. Hodge Lane was closed and unfortunately there was no way through, I could get around the fence last time, but they have now dug up the whole width of the road. Otherwise, an excellent ride.................
  9. Sea of vapours

    Sea of vapours Über Member

    Weather the same here: sunny, a brisk and chilly westerly wind, but excellent air clarity and sunshine for the entire day. So fine and encouraging, in fact, that I even turned it into a slightly longer route by not going back the way I intended from Kettlewell (it's rare that I make a major change to a route part way through).

    I made an 'exciting new mistake' too. I stopped on the really steep bit of Park Rash (going down) to look up a side valley towards the entrance to Dowbergill Passage (a very fine caving through trip). Stopping on a 25% incline is fine, but I found it remarkably tricky getting back on again as the weight distribution was such that the bike wanted to flip forwards over the fully braked front wheel before I could get weight onto the saddle. I managed it eventually, but it was almost as bad as trying to remount on 25% when heading upwards.

    I also did a new, to me, bit of road out of West Witton and came across a 25% sign in the upward direction whose existence I wasn't aware of. That was definitely something of a shock, though it's very short (150 horizontal metres or so). An excellent ride with no equivocation ^_^
  10. Lilliburlero

    Lilliburlero Pro sandbagger

    South Derbyshire
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  11. OP

    ColinJ A big clot!

    I would have set off across the road and turned down it. IIRC though it is a very narrow road so maybe that would be tricky ...

    I have only done Park Rash once, and that was up it. I devised a 200 km route from Hebden Bridge specifically to tackle it. I was a lot fitter then (2006) so I actually managed the climb without stopping. ***

    *** The steep bit almost finished me off so it had entered my mind to hop off and walk the top half of the climb. I had developed tunnel vision and was staring straight up the hill when suddenly I heard cheering from my left! There is a car park there and a couple of families were standing watching me in horrified fascination. The kids were really excited to see a deranged lunatic struggling superbly fit athlete cruising up the climb so I couldn't disappoint them! I eventually crested the climb, got out of sight of them, and then did a hurried dismount to have an oxygen break at the roadside! :laugh:
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  12. Sea of vapours

    Sea of vapours Über Member

    I did something of the sort eventually. It definitely qualified as tricky though (for me) as there was considerably more chance of keeling over sideways than the near zero chance that I prefer. Going up, I suspect that stopping on the first third of the distance would lead to subsequently walking to the bit where it 'levels out' to about 18% before getting going again ....
  13. Donger

    Donger Convoi Exceptionnel

    Quedgeley, Glos.
    I definitely know that feeling. My absolute nemesis is a local hill called Haresfield Beacon , which has a profile similar to that of a classic volcano. Every bend you go round is met my a steep ramp-up in gradient until you hit a stretch of about 100-150 yards of 25% stuff near the top, where I always grind to a halt. Last time I gave up (at the usual place), I turned the bike around to drop back down and had to walk it about 30 yards back down the hill to find any place where I could physically get back on the bike.

    That has happened to me a couple of times, too ... though probably much less impressively. There is a S.O.A.B of a little hill as you leave the Elan Valley reservoirs in the direction of Rhayader ... just before you get to a T junction. It was just my luck to come across a couple of families sat out on deck chairs having a picnic and waiting for cyclists to come along. I must have been a sight, but I didn't give them the spectacle of me slumping at the side of the road gasping. I did a silent prayer for some traffic to come along on the main road so that I could put a foot down as I got to the T junction. No such luck. Had to keep pedalling for another half mile or so uphill until I was out of sight! Then there was Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight. Made the mistake of having a pint of lager and a big bowl of chips in the Spyglass Inn by the beach. Immediately followed by having to climb back up a couple of steep little hairpins in front of a group of lads who had been drinking and were cheering us on "Dutch Corner" style. I very nearly saw my own lunch again. I'm taking some guys from our club there for a pub stop on a similar ride in a few weeks time. Do I tell them or not? (!!)
  14. Donger

    Donger Convoi Exceptionnel

    Quedgeley, Glos.
    Those are the only times I have ever been cheered. Been jeered quite a few times though.
  15. Sea of vapours

    Sea of vapours Über Member

    This must be one of the very few occasions when that collection of words has been arranged in that order I suspect.
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