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Miscellany => Riding & Gear => Topic started by: Jimmythecuckoo on July 02, 2015, 17:01

Title: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on July 02, 2015, 17:01
I have been pondering a decent century ride for a while now.

Got close last September with a 95 mile sportive but no-one wanted to do a little loop at the end to get to the ton.

I was going to do a sportive late July with 85 distance and ride to start and finish, but that appears to be cancelled...

Here then is my proposed route and plan to do it last week of July as I am on holiday from work...


https://www.strava.com/routes/2717784


Thoughts?
Title: Re: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on July 02, 2015, 17:08
Very conscientious of you to not just head north and east, where it is presumably dead flat.
Title: Re: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: L'arri on July 02, 2015, 21:50
Keep it easier in the last part, which is more or less what you've got. Long downhills are such a relief at the end of a big effort, if you're still lucid enough to enjoy them.

Good luck, Jimble. Let's have the report. :cool
Title: Re: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: 42x16ss on July 02, 2015, 23:10
Pacing is the key. If you are doing your century as part of a sportive, be prepared to let people take off and don't get caught up in the early rush. Chances are you'll be flying past them in the second half.

Don't forget to eat, in training as well as on the day :cool
Title: Re: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: kevchenko13 on July 02, 2015, 23:30
Very conscientious of you to not just head north and east, where it is presumably dead flat.

Heh, going east he could take in my local area and do a route with half as much vertical gain  :D

Looks good Jimmy  :cool
Title: Re: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: AG on July 03, 2015, 00:21
good luck.

we expect a full report
Title: Re: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: Capt_Cavman on July 03, 2015, 13:28
If you want my advice: ride very, very slowly, remember to eat regularly and take on plenty of liquid refreshment, probably stop at a pub for lunch and then some more pubs for after lunch. Remember that rest and recuperation are important so aim to take two or three days with a good night's sleep in between.
Title: Re: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on July 06, 2015, 10:31
This is my previous best from a sportive last year over pretty much the same roads...

https://www.strava.com/activities/190598827
Title: Re: Wanting to ride an imperial century...
Post by: Servais Knavendish on July 06, 2015, 23:24
Heh Jimmy thought of your quest at the weekend - my son and I completed the Dunwich Dynamo, London Fields to Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast, overnight... Somewhere just over 120 miles through sunset, darkness, and dawn, with breakfast on the beach at the end of it all. 

It was our longest ride ever and of course yesterday was something of a write off, but what an event, thousands of cyclists on a 'non sportive sportive'... I would heartily recommend it ... and of course next year a fully kitted team velo room squ