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Mad River Century

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Anyone interested? Whiteroom and I are going. It will be his first century. It's a good course with only one semi-significant hill - Granville Gulf - which is so beautiful you'll hardly notice that you are riding up. I can haul myself up it in 39/21 so you know it's not too bad.
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I'm bringing a friend...
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I might do it. Just started riding this year. Have not done 100 miles yet ( 78 in a double gap ride ) but think I'm close. I didn't know Granville Gulf was a hill, now App gap thats a hill!
post #4 of 22
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I might do it. Just started riding this year. Have not done 100 miles yet ( 78 in a double gap ride ) but think I'm close. I didn't know Granville Gulf was a hill, now App gap thats a hill!
I don't think I would want to try to keep up with anybody who uses the word "hill" to describe Appalachian Gap! I used a lot of four letter words on my various ascents of App Gap, but "hill" was not one of them.

Regarding the Mad River Century... I can't make it this year. I did it a couple years ago though. Really nice ride.
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I don't think I would want to try to keep up with anybody who uses the word "hill" to describe Appalachian Gap! I used a lot of four letter words on my various ascents of App Gap, but "hill" was not one of them.

Regarding the Mad River Century... I can't make it this year. I did it a couple years ago though. Really nice ride.
Kevin, I'm not setting any speed records going up the gaps, one could probably pass me walking, its amazing how slow one can go and not fall over, but I do like the challenge of the climb just to say this fat guy (210lbs)can do it. I do look forward to the century ride, read some nice stuff on the web about it and the scenery is pretty nice in the Mad River valley.
post #6 of 22
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KevinF, I had you in mind when I posted. Snowbowler, let's hookup!
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KevinF, I had you in mind when I posted. Snowbowler, let's hookup!
epic, I sent in my application for mrv ride today. I'll wear a Middlebury Indoor Tennis t-shirt (tan to orangish color) for the ride, Trek Pilot red/grey bike. see you there, David.
post #8 of 22
Looks like fun! If there were some way I could swing it, I'd go. Alas, working in higher education means that August and September are minefields in terms of scheduling trips far afield for rides. And the 25th is particularly nasty, as it's New Student Orientation, which is an "all hands on deck" day for my work unit.

But I'll be riding the Great River Ride this coming October, which is a beautiful century (actually a little bit longer) in the Berkshires. So if there are any Bears who want to meet up for said ride, let's do it!

Until then, I'm riding the Reston Double Metric, the Civil War Century, the PPTC Historic Backroads Century, and a few other non-supported century rides. I've already bagged a handful this year, including the Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge.

So have fun at Mad River! And take some pictures - always a treat.
post #9 of 22
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Look for a '79 Raleigh GP fixie finishing around 3pm. I might have to drop the extra 20 tho; the one legged guy will probably pass me ~35 mile mark.
post #10 of 22
When you guys used the term "century", I take it that the word can mean either miles or kilometers. The century in the Tour de Cure was 100 km, while the century in the MS Tour was 100 miles - significant difference.
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When you guys used the term "century", I take it that the word can mean either miles or kilometers. The century in the Tour de Cure was 100 km, while the century in the MS Tour was 100 miles - significant difference.
100km rides are generally known as metric centuries. The Mad River Century is 100 miles.
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I just got done with a verrry rainy and cold century ride today. Only one redneck pickup truck incident.
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I just got done with a verrry rainy and cold century ride today.
You road in teh rain and cold without me? I guess it wasn't windy Congrats on completing a grueling ride.
post #14 of 22
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I just got done with a verrry rainy and cold century ride today. Only one redneck pickup truck incident.
Was it raining when you started? I've done a couple centuries where I've gotten caught in the rain, but I've never started a century in the rain.
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How to make a training metric epic.

37mph without pedaling hills - snooz.
2-mile climb with false tops - roll over & snore.
Cow & horse country - yeah, what roadapple ever.
Ferry ride - meh, though the off ramp was nice 18% grade for about a car length.

5 oz packet of green banana chips from the panaderia -> BINGO.

I didn't look at the nutrition info until I was over the salt craving, about 2/3 through the packet. 3 servings in there according to the FDA. Each of 18% daily fat allowance. So. That 5oz was 54% of my daily fat. The Gutbomb detonated on impact.

18 miles later I couldn't breathe for the chunky acid. 33 miles later I'm ready to saint the guy who invented TUMS.

Off to choke down six more now....
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Was it raining when you started?
It was raining really hard when I left the house, there was a little blus showing when we started, then black clouds moved in and it poured for about 60 miles. I see I failed to mention the wind. It was blowing hard out of the North when we started. You could hear the halyards rattling on flagpoles as we rode through the towns and it blew the rain up the sleeves of my jacket as we pushed into the wind in our small chainrings. It shifted to West as we turned East and I was cruising at close to 30 in my 50-12 (going up sizeable hills in the 14) for about 10 miles. Then as we turned South, it stayed West. That always reminds me of an article in Winning where they did the vectors for sidewinds. They add up in a way that is not favorable to you. Then we rode into the wind again before finishing up to the South.
post #17 of 22
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Look for a '79 Raleigh GP fixie finishing around 3pm. I might have to drop the extra 20 tho; the one legged guy will probably pass me ~35 mile mark.
Comprex,

Did you just ride the Reston centur on a fixie? It doesn't happen to be a silver frame with silver bars and no bar tape, does it? I was pulling off into the first rest stop next to such a bike. I was fairly easy to spot, because I was wearing a Domina Vacenzi jersey (think Mario Chippolini tiger stripes), and I'm 6'2", so I sort of stand out in the normal bike crowd.
post #18 of 22
Wasn't me.

I had thunder and lightning by me at 7:15 so cheezed out and trained indoors.
post #19 of 22
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Wasn't me.

I had thunder and lightning by me at 7:15 so cheezed out and trained indoors.
Where were you??? I left my house at 7:00 and rode the 10 miles to Reston. A little wet pavement, but that was it. It started out humid, but turned into a pretty nice day. Not a drop of rain. I rode from about 8 until 11:30, and hung out at Reston Town Center until about 2:00 with friends.
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<sigh> Potomac
post #21 of 22
I blew a spoke (rear wheel, drive side) about 20-or-so miles into the Reston Century, which ruined my ride day. I was doing a great pace to that point (around 22-23 mph average). Some friends helped me get my wheel back to barely-rideable condition, which allowed me to gingerly hobble back to Reston on the W&OD.

To make up for it, I'm riding the Bay Country Century this weekend. Anybody else from the DC/MD/VA region gonna be there?
post #22 of 22
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You road in teh rain and cold without me? I guess it wasn't windy Congrats on completing a grueling ride.
I can only ride early mornings these days. I had the bright idea to do a climb Sunday morning at dawn. Was about 5 degrees celsius with heavy wind at sea level, frost on the fields when I got to about 500 meters. I swear I've never been so cold even skiing. Couldn't feel one toe. Looking for little pockets of sun on the descent. Sat at a sunny cafe dressed in five layers for the rest of the day. Don't really have a lot of winter bike geat, since once the snow comes I only ski.
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