Century Ride

  • June 9, 2012 · 9:45 AM
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We're going for a fast-paced, hilly, 100-mile road ride.  This ride is for advanced riders who wish to ride a century (100 miles) at a fast pace with others of comparable ability.

Speed: Plan for about 8 hours of ride time plus one to two hours for all breaks and lunch.

Route: Janesville to Footville (16 miles); Footville to Albany (15 miles); Albany to Brodhead (27 miles); Brodhead to Afton (21 miles); Afton to Janesville (23 miles).  102 miles total.

Rest Stops / Lunch: Snacks in Footville at 16 miles; Snacks in Albany at 31 miles; Lunch in Brodhead at 58 miles; Snacks in Afton at 79 miles.

Hills: Yes, lots of them.  ~4,500 feet climbing.  (Click here for Elevation Profile.)

A map and cue sheet will be provided.  An odometer will be needed to follow the route.

Plan to arrive by 9:45 AM. We will push-off promptly at 10:15 AM.

Directions: Take exit 175A off of I-90 to merge onto E Racine Street.  Go 0.7 miles on E Racine Street.  Turn left at Palmer Drive (stoplight) and go 0.7 miles.  Rotary Botanical Gardens will be on your right.

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  • Bruce

    Great group. I really enjoyed meeting and riding with everybody and seeing people I had already ridden with in the past. Great ride. Thanks to Ron for his dedicated organizing. I really appreciate that you organized a more advanced ride for us and I hope that it happens again soon. I thought the route was well done and I really appreciated that you were able to keep us on roads with almost no traffic at all. Perhaps next we can do a long New Glarus ride with lots of hills, followed by some great beer, etc.

    June 10, 2012

  • Ron

    It was a very tough ride, made even more challenging by the strong and shifting winds that took away most of our tailwind in the afternoon after going into the wind for most of the first 45 miles. Anyway, I was glad that we had a great group of 7 strong riders that were up to the challenge. And for those who are wondering, yes, we all made it back under our own power, although I had to use my lights for the last 5 miles.

    June 10, 2012

  • Jeff R.

    This is a very scenic and very challenging route. Most of the climbs are moderate when taken individually, but the cumulative energy output on a dozen climbs in a row made the lunch stop mandatory! Maybe it's a little easier if it's not 90 degrees out. Another well-thought out day by Ron.

    June 10, 2012

  • Mark

    It was great! I am so glad Ron developed this challenging century to add to the mix of WBM events. It was well done with well-planned rest stops and plenty of hills. The backroads had few cars but plenty of scenery. The only improvements I can think of would be to reduce the number of turns to make following the cue sheet a bit easier but it's a minor point, and an earlier start time. I hope Ron will do more challenging events in the future -- this one is a winner! It was a pleasure meeting and riding with Bruce, Dennis, Ari and Norm -- I hope we meet up again on another ride.

    June 10, 2012

  • Norman M.

    This was my first century ride and I thought it was really really good.! Ron put together a fantastic ride and route. I feel a lot of thought went into planning the route and it is very much appreciated. I five star rating woulda been 10 degrees cooler and less wind, but that of course.....

    June 10, 2012

  • Norman M.

    Not a problem Ari. I'll have my sons vehicle. Just trying to save the planet (not really but it sounded good). See ya tomorrow.

    June 8, 2012

  • Ari

    Norman, I would offer to carpool, but after the ride, I'm spending time with a friend who lives nearby.

    June 8, 2012

  • Norman M.

    Sounds like a great ride. Thanks for doing all and so much leg work Ron. You da Man!!! Anyone up for carpooling from Madison???
    Norm

    June 4, 2012

  • Ron

    Hmmm... It's called Wisconsin Bicycling Meetup, yet at least 5 of the 9 riders signed-up for this ride are from south of the border.

    June 3, 2012

  • Ron I.

    Good luck guys...that's a long way.

    June 3, 2012

  • Dennis

    I have been practicing. Did my first century of 101 miles three days later 106 miles then 111 miles. Thats enough.

    May 23, 2012

  • Ron

    Yep! Ya' gotta' love those hills! BTW, I choose mostly backroads. That is, avoiding even the county letter roads where possible. That makes the route a bit more hilly. No worries though...right now, I'm guessing I'll be the slowest rider.

    May 16, 2012

  • Norman M.

    You just have to throw those hills in don't chya Ron?

    May 16, 2012

  • Cathy

    Great! I can hang with that and pull when I can. I am really looking forward to this! Count me in!

    May 16, 2012

  • Ron

    Cathy, pace will average out to 100 miles in 8 hours, so 12.5 mph. Considering stop signs, etc, I would say cruising at 15 mph on the flats. But, there are very few places where it is flat. This is hill country.

    May 16, 2012

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