Century Season continues: Horse Farm Hundred on Sunday!
The Horse Farm Hundred is this Sunday, and I’m all registered and ready to ride:
“A tour through the picturesque horse farms of northern Marion county.
The century will start at 8:30 am at the Loften High School at 3000 East University Avenue. The Gainesville Police Department will lead out the pace vehicle, followed by hundreds of charging cyclists. Expect cohesive packs for the first 20 miles before the first of the hills take their toll.
The rides proceed through the north Marion County horse farms, past miles of wooden fences surrounding manicured pastures, many with prancing thoroughbreds who will occasionally race you along the fence. Early riders may catch a jockey working out the next triple crown winner on one of the practice race tracks along the route.”
Gainesville is about two hours away, and I’ll be driving up there with my friend William the morning of the event. As you just read, roll time is 8:30 AM, so we’ll leave here about 5:30 to give us plenty of time to pick up our packets/number and get ready to ride.
My understanding is this ride has a pace car for the lead group, and I think it’s going to be fast. I expect my average speed to be in the same neighborhood as my average speed for the Mount Dora Bike Festival 100 mile ride (23.1 MPH), which I rode earlier this month. My plan is to stay stay with the lead group and, like the MDBF 100, not stop for any SAGs.
Unlike the MDBF 100, for this ride I’m going to tuck a third water bottle into my jersey pocket–doing the MDBF 100 mile ride on just two bottles of water was not pleasant.
I may not even need that third bottle of water: the weather on Sunday looks like it’s going to be absolutely perfect, and much cooler than it was for the MDBF 100! Current forecasts are calling for a low of 52°F, a high of 80°F, zero percent chance of rain and crystal clear sunny skies. Hell, I may not even bother with that third bottle if it’s going to be that mild.
I’m really looking forward to this ride, and hope to see some of you there!