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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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Blackhound [458 posts] 8 years ago
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Other than Dasy I think I was the only other to complete one every month. (Might have got 7 in September but for an injury at the start of the month meaning I abandoned the sixth and rested thereafter).

For me it was a target to get at least one in each month and going for as many over the year is less of an incentive in the winter months. However, the fact that only two completed shows we should consider doing something different. It would not stop me carrying on a personal target of one a month should I so wish. My last scoring ride saw the others heading back for shopping etc. When we split up I was 16k short and 8k from home so it was a tour of the suburbs to get the distance in.

Prizes wise perhaps you get tattoo like in SSWC and I walk away with an expensive ti frame  1

[Congratulations Dasy,about one a week is really impressive)

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DaSy [767 posts] 8 years ago
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Blackhound - I agree, I too will aim at a minimum one scoring ride a month, and maybe we should look at a separate category for those of us who want to do so.

There were a couple of occasions that I rode off from a group I was with as they wanted to go home, and I had plans for a metric. The vast majority were completed alone though, my favoured riding option normally.

Thanks by the way Blackhound, it's never too much of a bind to get out on my bike though. And well done to you too...

Yeah, I'm hoping the prize is not the hot iron brand that they did at SSWC one year!

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demoff [327 posts] 8 years ago
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My 2p, two categories is maybe the way to go.

One for those who want the challenge of doing at least one metric a month.

One for those who find the site and forum later into the year or don't want to feel pressured that they must do one a month.

I will be looking to complete at least one a month now that its starting again.

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miffed [164 posts] 8 years ago
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Can I play this year? It sounds like a good idea that 1 ride per month is entrance requirement, its not that much of a comitment and is a nice challenge.

J

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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well im up for the two catagorys, as thats prob. what put me off posting this past 'season' as my rides are all pretty regular irregular..

hey DaSy you can have a Royal Mail 'biddon' if you like, and holder as a prize!

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Tony Farrelly [2911 posts] 8 years ago
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What did I win Tony and Dave?

Yep, it was the tattoo! We did mention that when this all kicked off a year ago didn't we?

The even better news is that because you're the first winner you get to design it. All those suggestions seem pretty good to me, I'm with Fringe and Dasy in thinking that not having a monthly entry requirement is a good thing cos my opportunities to get out on a longer rides are completely sporadic especially as the web doesn't really stop at the weekend, but I'm sure we can have two categories.

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DaSy [767 posts] 8 years ago
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tony_farrelly wrote:

Yep, it was the tattoo! We did mention that when this all kicked off a year ago didn't we?

I'm trying to get a new sleeve designed and inked at the mo', so this is very fortuitous...

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Tony Farrelly [2911 posts] 8 years ago
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I'm thinking something along the lines of Pedal Powered 2009 - maybe your distance total? Or do you fancy something a tad more graphical?

Maybe next year we could follow the lead of the SSWC and the winner gets branded… or maybe not

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dave atkinson [6330 posts] 8 years ago
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i've put up a new MC post with amended rules - anyone want to make any changes? post here, not there, if you do...

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DaSy [767 posts] 8 years ago
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I must admit I was thinking of something a bit more along the lines of a half sleeve of Japanese Art, with obligatory Dragon, or possibly some Tribal Art, as I have an old tat that I would like to cover up (tribal, but not really as dramatic as I want now).

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Tony Farrelly [2911 posts] 8 years ago
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Sounds like it might be a tad tricky to incorporate a Metric Century Challenge 2009 Winner motif into that…  39

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DaSy [767 posts] 8 years ago
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tony_farrelly wrote:

Sounds like it might be a tad tricky to incorporate a Metric Century Challenge 2009 Winner motif into that…  39

Yeah, maybe a new inner tube or something, may be a little more practical...

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Tony Farrelly [2911 posts] 8 years ago
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Got some Gore Ride-On cables easily to hand if you fancy them… they are supposed to be the best there is… Well according to Gore anyway

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dave atkinson [6330 posts] 8 years ago
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yeah we'll throw in our fizik spirit level as well. and a buff.

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Tony Farrelly [2911 posts] 8 years ago
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… and some stickers

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dave atkinson [6330 posts] 8 years ago
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...and some bike cleaner.

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DaSy [767 posts] 8 years ago
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Nice!

The Ride-On cables would be great...

Spirit Level and Buff are all gravy - and the stickers!

Nice one guys, very generous and very gratefully accepted.

Time to start trying to amass some miles again!

Christ, it never ends!

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 8 years ago
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I am going to have to try harder this year! It will, I expect, be the DaSy show once more but if I can get toward 1 metric a week I will be satisfied.

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Blackhound [458 posts] 8 years ago
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The rules look fine, hopefully more will take part this year.

Thought I may get DaSy quaking in his Sidi's as I had hoped to finish work in January and become a full time rider. This was changed to April and now I may stay a little longer as there may be an opportunity of redundancy which is financially appealing. Don't want to give up the money on the other hand don't want to stay indefinitely.

My original plan was 4,000k in June / July!

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canyonsi [31 posts] 8 years ago
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hat in ring,

am doing a charity ride in Egpyt starting next week and will get in 3 "metrics" (poss 4) in 7 days, can I include these or is it UK based only?

si

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dave atkinson [6330 posts] 8 years ago
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canyonsi wrote:

am doing a charity ride in Egpyt starting next week and will get in 3 "metrics" (poss 4) in 7 days, can I include these or is it UK based only?

they all count  1

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Blackhound [458 posts] 8 years ago
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DaSy - plan is to retire. Mortgage paid off, eligible for a pension and only me to fend for financially. Easily enough to live on but would need to find casual work to fund trips to USA or further.

My plan was to ride the 2,750 mile Great Divide Route possibly as part of the race or as a tour. Will not be away from work soon enough to train adequately. 2011 the plan is PBP so it may be 2012 before I get to do the GDR.

2,500k is serious amount of riding, I am well of that.

Canyonsi - best of luck for Egypt, enjoy it. Should put you into an early lead.

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canyonsi [31 posts] 8 years ago
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Cheers, guessing a bit like Hull last year though, so will enjoy the dizzy heights while I can!

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DaSy [767 posts] 8 years ago
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Blackhound - that sounds like a good plan, nice that you are financially stable enough to be able to retire, that can be a rare thing in today's world.

I have been in the IT industry for 25 years, and having managed to eke out some sort of career path, I am now in the middle of a slightly late mid-life crisis, and hoping to run screaming from the IT industry, into the waiting arms of my friends bike shop to become a lowly paid bike shop mechanic.

I too have paid up the mortgage, and have a very successful wife, luckily, so I should be able to cope with the financial change.

I have a few plans for rides this coming year, and thought I should make the longest ride with my day ride to Paris, but if you plan PBP, that too is in trouble.

I think my crown is going to change heads this year some how!

Canyonsi, the ride in Egypt sounds great, and 4 metrics in a week at this time of year should give you a good lead for quite some time.

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canyonsi [31 posts] 8 years ago
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Cheers DaSy, will ensure to Post a pic or two!

si

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Blackhound [458 posts] 8 years ago
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DaSy Day ride to Paris sounds interesting! For some reason assumed you were younger, I have 33 years in a final salary pension so should be OK. Will see what happens.

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DaSy [767 posts] 8 years ago
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Blackhound - The day ride to Paris needs a long summer day, so won't be doing that until June/July. The plan is to leave Reading at about 03:00 and ride down to Portsmouth (about 60ish miles), get the Express ferry to Caen which leaves at 07:00 and arrives in Caen at about 11:00.
It's then 140 miles into Paris, so should get there around 20:00.
200 miles with a break at 60 miles, all pretty do-able. It does depend on who accompanies me, we have some remarkably un-disciplined riders scheduled, so hoping to train them in the art of through and off by then. Should be about 5 of us doing it.
The Cingles de Ventoux is also on the cards, and a Geneva to Venice via the Stelvio, Mortirolo etc. All depends on what I get passes for from the other half. I'm hoping she will provide support for the Ventoux stint.

You wouldn't think I was younger if you saw me! I feel every one of my tender 44 years!

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Blackhound [458 posts] 8 years ago
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That trip to Paris does sound doable put like that - and a week to get back?

Your other plans sound interesting, a few of us are trying to get ourselves organised but no definite plan as yet.

You'll feel a lot older than 44 the day after your ride to Paris  4

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DaSy [767 posts] 8 years ago
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Okay, so it begins, the first metric of the new challenge year for me.

My trusty run up to Windsor Castle, round to Datchet and back via the Castle and return the way I came.

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Blackhound [458 posts] 8 years ago
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Thought I might get an early lead, should have known better! Large circuit round the South of the city, 7 of us out but I had to do a short loop to get the required distance in. Try to get another in before Christmas unlike last year.

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