ride is rolling at 10:30am. Socializing and getting ready starts at 10:20.
I'm not one to attribute a letter ranking for rides....so all I can say is, you should be able to ride a flat 100 miles in about 7 hours. Typical flat riding speed is 19 to 22 mph. Typical hard climbing speed is about 5mph (like up 53rd at Cornell).
You must prepare for this ride before the ride - make sure you have your helmet, lights, two water bottles, food, money, cell phone, emergency contact name & ph, know the route, and/or carry GPS, maps, cue sheet. Feel comfortable riding in heavy traffic and on country roads in a group. Bike must be in good order - check your brake pads, carry spare tube, and tools to change it.
clothing is usually the hardest thing to decide on, for these cold months. Use the below comments section - if you have any questions about how to dress.
Here's the ride description:
We will take Cornell single file down to Lovejoy & 25th. Have your lights on.
From there we negotiate some city streets to St Helen's & HWY 30 and out to Saltzman.
Regrouping at St Helens and Hwy 30, and Saltzman at 30.
Up Saltzman (gravel road) and regrouping at Skyline. Try to make the whole way with no break. This is a training ride.
Skyline to Springville - descend the nice fast. low travelled road regrouping at the bottom where we come up to some city streets that will take us on our flat section out to country roads around North Plains, and out to Dairy Creek...trying to paceline and stick together through this section. Lunch will be had out there somewhere. Bring some food, there's no services.
We then turn up Pumpkin Ridge and ascend the most challenging climb of the day. No breaks. Regrouping at the top. Waiting should be no more than 10 minutes. The faster climbers can descend and take another lap if they don't want to get cold.
We will then descend back down from Skyline to Hwy 30 and take Newberry back up to Skyline. Regrouping at the bottom of Newberry and at the top again.
We will ride paceline, single file on Skyline back to the start.
Not planning any social gathering afterwards.
This is a training ride to get in shape for CENTURY OF THE MONTH - where we are a group of Butts on Bike riders that want to get at least one full 100 mile century each month this year. For nice weather months, planning on multiple centuries.
This is a fun group with good attitude, and sense of humor. No drama. We stop for quick photos. We help eachother out at mechanicals. We will plan some extended trips like RAMROD, Mountain Lakes, and some other sleep over rides.
You are welcome, and see you there!