2014 Clean Air Century: post-ride report.
Saturday was the 5th (and final) WMBC XFL (Cross-Florida) training ride: the 2014 Clean Air Century on the Withlacoochee Trail. This was my first ride on the Withlacoochee, and I was looking forward to checking it out.
The group I rode with consisted of about a dozen cyclists, all of which were doing the 100-mile route. Had it not been for the wreck that prematurely ended last Saturday’s 130-mile training ride, this would have been my fifth 100+ mile ride in as many Saturdays.
The ride started and ended at the Inverness Trailhead (green dot on the route map, right). We rode north, did the hilly little ~8 mile loop that sticks out to the west, continued to the northern end of the trail, rode south to the very end of the trail and then turned north for the final ~30 mile leg back to the Inverness Trailhead.
I was especially excited about the ride because this was my first ride with my new Stages Power Meter (see yesterday’s blog “Stages power meter here; I now wear a M race-cut jersey (photo)“)!
As we eased into the ride, the pace gradually began to pick up. I may or may not have played some roll in that. 😀 We maintained a 20 MPH pace, and somewhere around the halfway point the group split in half as some dropped off to enjoy a slightly slower ride.
With about 15 miles to go, our bike computers were showing an average pace of 19.9 MPH. Being a hair under a 20 MPH average was a complete afterthought to some, but a fly in the ointment to a few of us. I was definitely in the later group, and was determined to get my 100 mile average over 20 MPH. Four of us broke away from what remained of the original group as we made a final push to nudge our average speed north of 20 MPH. I was still feeling very strong, and was happy to find that I was able to handle some fairly strong pulls as we churned towards the trailhead.
When I rolled over the finish line, my Garmin Edge 810 showed a total distance of 100.16 miles, with an average speed of 20.1 MPH. Here’s my ride data summary (click to enlarge):
Here’s the entire ride (now with Power data!) on Strava.
Great ride everyone! I really enjoyed this ride: the trail was scenic, the SAG stops were well-stocked with food and drink and the weather was very nice.
I’ll wrap this up with a few photos from the event. Click any of the images to enlarge.
There are also some in-ride “professional” photos of our group here. Our group starts on that page, about seven photos in. You’ll have to settle for the watermarked images; I’m all for supporting photographers and their work, but this guy charges $22.00 EACH to download a single original camera image (non-commercial use). That’s insane for a single snapshot from a recreational ride.