Well, it was 95 miles, but 2.5 miles each way from my house to the start/finish so just about clocked 100 miles in all!
Would like to tell you it was easy, it wasn't... To be fair I don't think riding 100 miles of a relatively flat route would be much of a problem, but this was anything but! Even the winning time was much slower than I thought it would be... For the record, my actual time (including stops) was 7h55, my ride time was 6h47. I'd like to say I could have cut the stops down somewhat, but I needed them. By the end of the route (it was over 1500m of climbing, and they were all bastard climbs!) I needed to stop for 2/3 minutes every few miles, just to shake my legs off, cos they ceased to be capable of turning the pedals seemingly.
Things I have learnt...
-Most Roadies are miserable bastards! FACT! Not all, but certainly most of them are nowhere near as social as us MTBer's.
-I can ride on the flat as quick, or quicker than a lot of them, for what reason I don't know, but in the first half of the route I would consistently overtake lots of people on the flat before my legs tired too much.
-I can ride downhills faster than about 98% of them! Shame the downhills weren't all that long, except for the run down from the Wyche cutting where I caught up about 1/2 a mile on the group I was trying to catch inside about 5 minutes.
-I ride uphill slower than probably 98% of them! Despite being a reasonable climber on an MTB, and getting away with a single ring on that too, even my 34/27 bottom gear on my road bike left me really struggling. I just can't crank hard enough, I'm a spinner!
Anyway, despite being more tired than I think I've ever been after a bike ride (understandable, never done more than 60 miles in a day before), I had fun. Some bits weren't fun of course, and if/when there is a next time I'll pick a flatter route I think, but by hook or by crook, and sheer bloody mindedness, I finished it at least!