Ride Summary Distance: 100 miles (and change)
Terrain: Flat for 100 miles (less than 2000), climbing should not be a major concern.
Rider Level: Strong Beginners and up. Riding 65 miles at a 14mph pace should not be a problem.
Speed: 14-15 mph <--- No Strava trophies will be earned here!!!
Meet at the fountain near the front door of where Jamba Juice used to be, just opposite the Rite Aid.
We need to roll at 7am sharp! Arrive as early as needed to be ready at 7am!
Its baaaaaaack!! This serves as your official notice that the Hammerin' Wheels will once again hold a Century ride to wrap up bike month. This is as beginner as centuries get. If you ever wanted to try a 100 mile ride but never wanted to pay for it, feel pressured by the more experienced cyclists, or ride to some far away town this ride is for you! ***As an added bonus the fine folks from Stepping Stones for Wellness will be providing Green Smoothies at a select rest stop, which one(s) will just have to be a surprise! Please be sure to thank them for their support!!***
Our more seasoned riders should be aware that this ride is for beginner century riders, meaning we ride as a group and the pace will be much slower that you may be comfortable riding. The pace will be in the 14-15 mph range. So, If you are looking to blow through a century in 6 hours or less this is not the ride for you. On the flip side of that, we need to keep the pace in the 14-15 mph range so we are not on the trails all day long. If you RSVP please do not be offended if I contact you to see if you can handle the ride. I will have to turn you back if I determine that you are not going to be able to complete the ride in a timely manner. This ride traditionally takes between 7-7.5 hours of ride time. This is one of those rides that is about "the journey".
As a note, this is NOT a fully supported ride with SAG and food at rest stops (hence its free!). This is simply a 100+ mile self supported ride. All stops will have water and restrooms. Aside from that you will need to provide your own snacks.
There will be a lunch stop as well as a post ride dinner at Chevys Please bring cash for dinner!!!! You will need to tack 26% on to your food bill (18% gratuity +7.75% tax) I will take a poll at lunch for how many will be attending dinner. I will make a reservation for 5pm under "Jeff" if anyone wants to skip the ride and dine with us.
The route will utilize as much bike trail as possible. When trails are not an option there will bike lanes or roads with minimal traffic. However, there are a few sections of roads with no bike lanes with moderate traffic. You should be comfortable riding with traffic in these situations!
The 2012 route is now posted, you can view it here (Note, there may be a tweak or two for 2013)
CUE SHEETS can be printed here. I will bring several with me to the ride start
Here is a breakdown of the segments with miles and elevation gain/lost for the 2012 route. Please note these are approx.
Seg1 - 23.4 miles +187/-318
Seg2 - 18.5 miles +282/-148
Seg3 - 23.3 miles +295/-259
Seg4 - 21.8 miles +771/-584
Seg5 - 15.3 miles +427/-646
total 102.3 miles +1962/-1955
I'd like to state that there are no "major" climbs and the steepest grades are in the 5-7% range, similar to taking a trip to Beals Point.
You should bring plenty of water, snacks, and money for a lunch stop. You should also carry a spare tube or 3 along with any necessary repair items. Helmets are required. Please let me know if anyone has any questions.
In addition I am recruiting help from the lead team to help lead/sweep/herd the cats. : )
Don't forget to log your miles for Hammerin' Wheels at www.mayisbikemonth.com!!!