Metric Century Challenge - the results!

20 people made the grade this year, but who's top of the pile?

by Dave Atkinson   November 6, 2012  

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Well that's it for another year - the 2011–2012 metric century season has drawn to a close and there's some familiar names at the top of the list.

It's noticeable that the number of rides to take the win was down on last year, a reflection perhaps of the lovely weather we've been having. Whereas last year it took 84 points to secure first place, this year the title goes to Blackhound with 66 points and 7748km, with last year's winner peter s 1944 just behind on 63 and jayme third on 50. So congrats to Blackhound who wins the Maillot Noir for the year, assuming we have one in his size... We'll see him right, anyhow.

Last year just six riders managed a century in every month of the year. This year the number completing the challenge has shot up, there were 20 riders out for a long one in every month, and no doubt observing rules #5 and #9 for extended periods. In no particular order (well, the order they posted on the forum thread), they are:

peter s 1944
Canis Cibo

You all win a pair of socks. Get in touch!

The prize for the most points in a single month goes to Martin - LeJogLe, who presumably didn't get off his bike at all in May when he managed to rack up an astonishing 28 points. So socks for him, too.

Final sockage goes to seanieh66 - he only managed two recorded rides, but one of them was a whopping 674km, the longest ride by anyone by a factor of two. Chapeau for that.

The 2012-2013 season is now open

Roll up for next season! The new Metric Century forum thread is open, so if you've already managed a 100km ride since halloween you can post it up. One 100km ride in every month gets you a pair of socks; not a prize worth the toil, really, but it's about the challenge, not what you can win. It's a gentleman's (and ladies') competition and you're only cheating yourself, so be honest now. 95km isn't a metric century, and nor is four hours on the turbo... Rides completed between halloween and now do count though. Good luck!


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Sir Velo

Raleigh's picture

posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
6th November 2012 - 12:01


Wow, my mileage was let down by a poor summer and did not expect to do enough to be top of the pile. A week touring in Europe helped my score though. Will be in touch.

(Typo in final paragraph above, it states 10km ride all required to score)

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posted by Blackhound [466 posts]
6th November 2012 - 13:21

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I'm glad I made the list, it was hard at times because of illness, but I shall not be partaking this time around as I'm concentrating on short power rides through the winter to get my speed up another notch, also heading more towards the bent dark side Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
6th November 2012 - 14:39


#9 definitely . . . #5 a compliment.
At times I did wonder what the **** I was doing.

Gravity - it won't let you down.

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posted by bigmel [105 posts]
6th November 2012 - 14:57

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Nice one, cheers.

Je vie dans l'espoir constant

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posted by Strathlubnaig [115 posts]
6th November 2012 - 20:20

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Woohoo! I won something Smile

I'm really glad I took part in the challenge. It certainly got me out riding a lot further on a regular basis.

I actually found it easier to schedule rides during the colder months. In summer rule #11 had to be enforced several times.

posted by MCLK [91 posts]
7th November 2012 - 10:06

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Excellent news, the thought of the socks kept me going.
"Eyes on the prize!!!"

posted by darranjoseph [15 posts]
12th November 2012 - 14:29


Why won't anyone reply to my emails ?? I've emailed and facebook messaged about my socks but to no avail yet Sad

Please get in touch. The thought of those socks kept me going through the winter Wink

posted by martyntr [121 posts]
16th November 2012 - 17:53

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Ah, just cos we haven't gotten back to you doesn't mean we haven't sent you the socks. Probably

(I'll check)

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
16th November 2012 - 18:07


Thanks Tony. Look forward to receiving them.

posted by martyntr [121 posts]
16th November 2012 - 23:40