- Roadies – how many breaks do you take on a century ride?
chrikey how boring. I stop half a dozen times for a slash, several times to change layers in the first 5 miles, probably at least once to find somthing to stop the need for something savoury also several times to but liquid. I can’t carry anywhere near enough liquid for the 7 ish hours ~(inlcuding stops)I’ll spend out to do 100 miles. Alright some of those stops may be the same thing but I must also add stopping and looking at the view as well as I am bound to go some where I haven’t been to before.Posted 6 years agoBezSubscriber
In the summer at least one food stop, never ashamed to take at least one more if there’s a particularly tempting cafe.
In the winter generally more. Friday was two coffee and cake stops; the one before that was two chippy stops, a couple of petrol stations and a roadside brew-up.
In my favour, I can do a century on just one piss.Posted 6 years agojonbaMember
I’ll normally stop for the loo once but not at the cafe. I can carry enough food but water is a struggle in hot weather so I occasionally stop for that. I try to minimise stopping though so don’t use them to rest as such.
These are proper centuries in miles. For a metric century my feet stay on the pedals the whole way round, no need to stop at all.Posted 6 years agoSue_WMember
On the one and only (so far) century ride that I’ve done I had one cafe stop, a few brief pauses for flapjacks, a couple of pee stops, and one off-licence stop to buy wine … well, I had my panniers and it’s rude to visit friends empty handed 🙂
Ooh! Have just worked out that yesterday’s 70 mike ride = 112 km! That’s more than a metric century (feels well chuffed, and prepares for Monday bragging rights at work …)
In which case for metric centuries, two combined pee and water stops (not simultaneously!), no cafe stop as I’d forgotten to take any money, and one picturesque riverside flapjack stop …Posted 6 years agowingnutsMember
First – I don’t know a real roadie who calls them century rides! They tend to talk about time and pace or the actual distance.
Second – It depends why you are riding. Training, touring, event. My club fitness rides tend to have a ride that stops for a tea about 2/3s or 10/15 miles from home so that no matter how far you’ve been the group has worked together and those who want to can have a stop or get back. The ride home can be as gentle or hard as without leaving people in the middle of nowhere.
Three – It depends on who you are riding with. The CTC group I also go out with stop at every gate to consider prostate issues and 11s and lunch and tea. But its the countryside and company you go for even on a long ride. My old racing club never stopped for anything except a mechanical on a proper training ride. You could tell if it was going to be proper by the number of drinking bottles they had with them.Posted 6 years ago
I did one last summer, I just stopped to pee a fair few times and rearranged my food stash then, popped into a newsagent for water, none were real stops, I think if I sat down for too long my legs would take an age to get going again afterwards, but then I’m not a roadie so whaddaeyeno!Posted 6 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
Depends on my mood and who I’m riding with, I’ve done a few where I have stopped a fair few times, Quite happy to make a day of it and see a few places/pubs/café’s especially if out with good company.
Not really interested in 100 mile ride (or any ride in fact) where HR or threshold is mentioned.Posted 6 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
In the days of riding for fitness, none or maybe one for a water refill. That’s for 100 milers.
60m/100km rides used to be one bottle affairs, no food and no stops. But they’d be done in a smidge over 3 hours.
These days, since I’m (a) v unfit and (b) no longer likely to be able to ride as hard, I’ll see what longer ides bring.Posted 6 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Ususaly 1 proper stop for coffee/cake every 2-3 hours on group rides.
On my own stops are usualy limited to buying a pint of milk and a mars bar at slightly longer intervals, anything under 60 miles I won’t stop, over that I’ll probablky break halfway to two thirds of the way round.
If you need to pee every hour you’re drinking too much!Posted 6 years agoStefMcDefSubscriber
Only ever done 100k – ye olde randonee of the Isle of Wight. Two stops minimum. I’m out to enjoy the ride, not prove a point. If I start to feel my morale on the slide, as usually happens at some point on a long (for me) road ride, even on a good day, I’ll stop and wolf down some grub, have a drink and straighten up.Posted 6 years ago
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