New Metric Century Challenge

by DaSy   November 1, 2009  

We have completed the first years Metric Century Challenge, and I have a few suggestions.

Should we start a new thread for this years challenge to keep it neat and tidy. Also start a new metric century chat thread too.

I think we should not worry about getting in one scoring ride every month, that way it is a bit more inclusive, and people won't feel like they can't join in if they either miss a month or don't see it until later in the year.

Lastly, can I claim longest ride - 225.3km

Highest score in a month - June, 7 points

Highest total score - 54 points

That was a good year, and the challenge meant there were times when I used it as a good excuse to put in more miles, and times when it forced me to stay out when I really fancied going home...

I have a few challenges this coming year that require me to get some good miles in, so will be in again this year.

What did I win Tony and Dave?

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Wednesdays ride was a bit different...

95 miles and around 4700m of ascent that saw me climb Mont Ventoux from all three sides in a day.

All went well, and recorded some pretty reasonable times; Bedoin climb in 1hr 30, Maulacene in 1hr 40 and finally Sault in 1hr 30.

Also got to record my first ever 100km/h descent on both Maulacene and Bedoin. My wife even managed a picture of me in front of the car with the car speedo showing 58mph.

I am now an official member of the Club des Cingles du Mont Ventoux...happy days.

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
11th June 2010 - 22:16

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hey DaSy good going. do you get a certificate?

its now on my 'to do list', although i might just shy away from the 100km downhill bit as im a bit sketchy on the descents..

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
12th June 2010 - 12:05

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You get your name on the roll of honour on the website, and I think you may get a medal, if my very poor French translation skills are correct!

I have to send off my stamped up brevet card to Mr Pic in France, then I get my medal (I think), and hopefully the card back, although I have photograped it just in case.

It is a good day in the saddle, thoroughly recommended.

The weather is always the major unknown in it all, I had to endure insane wind that was actually blowing people off their bikes at the top. There was at one point, two guys blown off onto the ground by the summit, and hanging onto their bikes like brollies, as they waved out in front of them. I also saw one guy lying ontop of his bike to stop him and it blowing away!

It made each trip to the summit a fairly daunting experience, but I somehow got away with it...three times!

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
12th June 2010 - 18:02

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Last three metrics have been an unexpected pleasure.

Friday was from Bourg St Maurice to the Col D'Iseran and back plus a bit.

Saturday was from B-S-M up via the Cormet de Roselend and down to Beaufort, then back up via the Col de Pre and back over the Roselend.

Sunday was B-S-M over the Col de Petit St Bernard and down into Italy to Pre St Didier for lunch, then back over the Petit St Bernard and back to Bourg.

Back home tomorrow, but for now I'm enjoying the view out over the Alps!

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
11th July 2010 - 19:24

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Peter S is back off his holidays.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
12th July 2010 - 9:58

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DaSy - sounds like you've been living the dream Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7378 posts]
12th July 2010 - 10:28

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dave_atkinson wrote:
DaSy - sounds like you've been living the dream Smile

Yeah, I kind of have.

A few weeks ago I was in Provence to complete the Club de Cingles, and then after being back for only a week, I was made redundant from my job, and so as a way of consoling me, my missus pretty much insisted that I go on a trip with my mates to the Alps that I had rejected earlier in the year in favour of Ventoux!

The Alps trip was a joy, we stopped to watch the TdF on the way down (stage 5), which was great (although my mate caught a Euskatel bidon and I got nothing!).

We had three great days of riding in the high mountains, and some superb descents, plus lots of good coffee of course.

Now to find a job I suppose....

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
13th July 2010 - 11:08

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Good luck with the job hunt DaSy. My metric century challenge total is largely attributable to a bit of an employment slump of my own...

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posted by Martin Thomas [567 posts]
13th July 2010 - 12:10

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Today's ton was one of the most enjoyable yet. I joined the Brighton Mitre social ride, which split in two - fast & slow (although we were assured the fast wouldn't be all that fast and the slow wouldn't be all that slow). I chose the quicker group, still feeling slightly cocky after my LEJOG.

We set off at a brisk pace and it seemed to keep getting brisker - to the point where 'brisk' no longer seemed to quite do it justice. It was more 'quick' really.

Now I'm back on the beer there was none of the clarity of mind and body that I've been enjoying for the past few months. I was mildly hungover and a bit tired following a late, boozy night on Thursday followed by an ill-advised bout of late afternoon lager drinking at my kids' school summer picnic yesterday.

So the hills were hurting and the sweat was toxic, but I clung on and the grimace on my face slowly turned into a smile as the miles slipped by. The group thinned out near the end - particularly when the decision was taken to 'do Bostal' - Bostal Road near Steyning is a notorious local hill over the Downs that sensible people don't generally go anywhere near on bicycles, particularly when they've just cycled 50 miles.

Bostal was a sweaty grunt and I didn't particularly enjoy it, but the ride from Sompting back along the coast road to Brighton was an absolute blast. We were trucking along at 27-28mph in single file with the breeze behind us and big grins plastered across our faces (well, I had one on mine anyway - I suspect the serious Mitre riders probably just looked deadpan and effortless).

I was on the edge of my capabilities several times during the ride but could never quite bring myself to give up. By the time I got home I was knackered and aching a bit, but happier than I've been since I got to the top of Helmsdale a couple of weeks back. Ah, the recuperative powers of cycling Smile

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posted by Martin Thomas [567 posts]
17th July 2010 - 17:34

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Peter S led his Annual CRC Sportif yesterday rather than making it a hilly route as in previous years, he decided just to include 5 big climbs.

For those that that know the Lancashire area we rode, the steep side of Jeffrey hill before tackling Nick O' Pendle from Sabden side then on to Waddington Fell and Boundary finishing off with that local legend that is Jubilee with a fast descent to give the legs a final stretch over Quernmore Valley. Peter also managed to include Three Steps and the 1 in 4 Brocks Bank as extras to spice things up on the way out to Jeffrey. His local knowledge is encyclopedic and he will no doubt be along later to register his latest metric.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
26th July 2010 - 12:13

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i had a nice pootle out to wales on friday to go to a stag do in ystradgynlais (don't ask). lanes to the old severn bridge, then over to usk and abergavenny for tea and cakes at a friend's house. round the back of the brecons on the lanes then over to sennybridge and up over the crai pass. managed to stay up fairly late afterwards, too Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7378 posts]
26th July 2010 - 12:25

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Some metrics to add for me...

121km circular route from tarbes up the tourmalet (la mongie side) and back via lourdes

118km circular route from pau up the col du soulor and the col d'aubisque (in awful rain and cloud...couldnt see 30m in front of me which was interesting on the decent) and back to pau

Ive been back 24 hours and I miss it, I need to go back!

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
26th July 2010 - 14:17

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i managed a 130km loop up to St Brivals-Tintern-Trelech and back to brizzle..fun but no Tormalet i'm afraid. Sad

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
26th July 2010 - 14:28

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That trellech climb isn't easy though fringe, i recall being handed my arse on that one Thinking

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7378 posts]
26th July 2010 - 14:41

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Id like to add my thanks to the hoards of norwegian and dutch fans who cheered me (and countless others) all the way up the last 6km past la mongie and left me almost deaf when I passed two guys in team sky kit! Hello to the chippenham wheelers duo that set up there viewing spot 2 corners from the top as well.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
26th July 2010 - 14:41

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Dave - have you got GPX of that route to Ystradgynlais? I plan to ride there (well Neath via there) from Reading, and that sounds like a good route.
Si.

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
26th July 2010 - 15:29

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more or less. i didn't follow it to the letter, particularly the bit where i was cycling behind two shapely ladies and i went about five miles up the wrong road out of chepstow Smile

the bit round the back of the brecons is jolly lovely though, chepstow to abergavenny is pan flat apart from the first climb and then you follow the brecon canal to pencelli before hitting the lanes

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7378 posts]
26th July 2010 - 15:47

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from there you can go over that climb just north of ystradgynlais or the one out the back of the town, they both go to the neath road.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7378 posts]
26th July 2010 - 15:48

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That's great Dave, thanks.

I have never cycled over the Severn Bridge, so was always a bit iffy about the route over that. I would join your route from the A420 out of Chippenham, and probably peal off onto the old Sarn Helen road up over the Devils Elbow and down the old Glyn Neath road to Neath and onto Skewen.

I have been talking about riding down for ages, so might try and get that done pretty soon.

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
26th July 2010 - 18:16

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the lanes up to the bridge are nice and quiet, and you can either follow the signposted route to the bridge (which takes you onto the western path via a slightly convoluted route) or ride towards the services (round the roundabout at the M48 junction) and skip onto the eastern path just before you get to them, that's the moped route. after that there's a decent cycle path as far as the big chepstow roundabout, watch out for glass on the underpasses though Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7378 posts]
26th July 2010 - 19:53

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A tough ride today, that on paper should have been pretty easy.

I rode from Reading down the A4 to Bath to catch up with some friends in Cadence Cycles on Chelsea Rd.

The problem was that it was a straight 70 plus miles in a straight line, but today it was into a pretty stiff and incessant headwind, three and a half hours of hard work. Then a few more miles on the way back to catch up with a mate who drove me back home.

Cadence Cycles is a really nice shop by the way, the way a bike shop should look, very cool but still approachable, if you haven't been then it's well worth a visit.

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
9th September 2010 - 18:07

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i had a rather pleasant ride myself, great weather, gentle pootle down the strawberry line and then an all or nothing slog up cheddar gorge, back down the old bristol road, back up (to the mendips) fro wooky hole by the ebbor gorge road and then a skirt down to Ubley round Nempnett Thrubwell, and back home. job done for sept, except the circum navigation of the Avon Cycleway on the 26th with the CTC (plus many cake stops).

and next time i'm in Bath i'll check out Cadence cycles... seeing as i've not been there, BTW DaSy if yer ever in Bristol 'Strada' is the bike shop to go to..

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
9th September 2010 - 20:53

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Managed my September ride already, 104m (thats miles!) of the Kielder 100 mountian bike event. Lovely day and some great riding (apart from the Kielder sections of singletrack). Took me a dissapointing 12+hrs tho, was having back pain issues so had to keep stopping to stretch, it did mean however that my legs were pretty fresh for the whole thing.

Rich

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posted by STATO [412 posts]
10th September 2010 - 10:44

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Way to go STATO, 100 miles of off-road is good going no matter what the times is!

I managed a reasonable 80+ miles today, the first ride that I have felt anything like myself for a couple of months.

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
12th September 2010 - 17:04

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Congratulations Stato, agree with DaSy that that is a tough assignment. K100 was on my list for 2011 but this week I have been invited to a wedding on that weekend next year. What is worse is that he is a mtb'er!

Got two in this month. Last weekend my chain broke an hour from home. I did not have my chain tool with me, though I did have a spare link. My compananion pushed me to Carsington bike hire to fix - I deducted the mileage from my daily total.

Today went to watch ToB on Hollinsclough.

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posted by Blackhound [444 posts]
12th September 2010 - 21:18

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Got in my 100km for October in today - a midweek one for a chance in glorious sunshine.

For the last six months I have been working my redundancy notice and today was my first day 'free'. Tomorrow I go on holiday for 3 weeks so will not get another chance in October - so I have managed a metric century for two years in a row - along with DaSy.

(Redundancy was a good thing for me, I was about to resign anyway and they beat me to it by a month - I get a nice fat cheque after 34 years service man and boy.)

So now got my pension to spend - enough to keep me on and off road. First big project is the Tour Divide is 2011!

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posted by Blackhound [444 posts]
6th October 2010 - 21:02

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Got my October metric in today with Peter S, stayed dry although it was a slog into the wind at times. Work is going to limit me for the rest of the month but I am sure he will crack off a few more.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
6th October 2010 - 22:00

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Blackhound wrote:
First big project is the Tour Divide is 2011!

Jealous!

Got my October 100k in, a horrid, cold, windy ride i didnt bring enough food for and enjoyed not a bit. Took all the strength out my legs and meant i was crawling round the CX race on Sunday. Suppose thats the price you pay for leaving it so late into the month.

Since this is the end of the official chalenge i should be pleased but i only started in Jan so i still have 2 more months to complete to achieve my goal of 1 a month, at least they will count towards the next Road.cc metric century challenge tho.

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posted by STATO [412 posts]
1st November 2010 - 10:40

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Sorry, Dasy...will let you have the longest ride, but my 90 points and 10 counting rides in the month of October seem to outweigh your totals somewhat. Not bad for a pensioner enjoying life after a quadruple heart by-pass some 9 years ago!

posted by peter s 1944 [10 posts]
2nd November 2010 - 15:47

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Nice to see you post Peter s 1944, I see your totals rising meteorically regularly, so nice to find out a bit about you.

Your ride stats are indeed very impressive, mine conversely have fallen off, what with a new job with longer hours, and a real struggle to get into a new routine.

Great work at returning to such good physical health after your quad by-pass, just wish you hadn't trashed me quite so categorically!

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
2nd November 2010 - 20:29

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