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Century Season continues: Horse Farm Hundred on Sunday!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by  
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Horse Farm Hundred

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!

John Stone Fitness Comments

7 Responses to “Century Season continues: Horse Farm Hundred on Sunday!”
  1. That picture is one of your better finds.

    We were talking about jerseys the other day…are pocket locations/sizes pretty standard and universal with all jersey brands? I was just thinking about that sticky pod you carry and the water bottle you mentioned above and was just wondering. I guess something like your camelbak is not practical for road riding? Sorry for the amateur questions, I know nothing of this sort. 🙂

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    • abuseguy about covered it on the pockets.

      As for the CamelBak, there are multiple reasons why the vast majority of “serious” roadies don’t use them:

      – # 1 reason: comfort. All that weight on the back is not comfortable over long distances. This is especially true when you spend a good portion of your ride time in the drops (as I do) or if you use aerobars.

      – Adding to the above, CamelBaks make your back very hot. When I first started road riding, I was amazed by how much better it felt not having a CamelBak on. I felt cooler and it was nice to not have all that weight bouncing around back there. It felt awesome, like freedom. I don’t even like wearing CamelBaks when I mountain bike anymore.

      – CamelBaks can restrict easy access to the jersey pockets while riding.

      – With water bottles you know exactly how much fluid you have left, and can plan accordingly.

      – When you’re on a 16 pound bike doing 45-50 MPH on a bumpy downhill in the wind, you really don’t want a bunch of weight on your back shifting around.

      – Having a giant hump on your back catches a lot of wind and will slow you down.

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  2. I know the question is addressed to John, but I thought I’d comment: The pockets on my jerseys tend to be two larger ones on the outside with a smaller one in the middle. I can squeeze a water bottle into the middle one without it tipping or rolling around.

    The Camelbak question is a great one that I’ve pondered myself: If a road rider will carry a water bottle in the middle pocket, why not wear a Camelbak, which are often seen with mt. bikers but seldom on the road? Especially for a century, they would make a lot of sense.

    Answer: I don’t really know. I should try wearing mine. The only practical objection I can think of is that the weight is fairly high on the back, and road riders are oftentimes tipped forward onto their hands. A full 100 oz reservoir weighs over six pounds, which over time and miles can add up when you consider the positioning.

    There are probably other reasons that I’m not thinking of.

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    • I was thinking it would probably make for a sweaty and uncomfortable back area, I didn’t even think about the leaning over aspect. But yeah, for sure that is probably an issue.

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        • That’s not at all true. There are many practical reasons why most roadies don’t use CamelBaks (I mentioned some of my personal reasons in my reply to DFS, above).

          A lot of those roadie “rules” may seem silly (and when I first started road riding I was of that opinion, too), but once you start riding long distances on a regular basis and putting in 300+ miles per week, you quickly discover that most of the “ridiculous” roadie rules exist for practical reasons.

          Sure, there are a few “rules” that lean towards roadie culture and the aesthetic side of things, but what’s wrong with that? Even most of those practices still have their roots in practicality/speed/comfort.

          Personally I don’t care if someone on a road bike chooses to wear a CamelBak, and neither does anyone I ride with. Do what works best for you and the distances/paces you like to ride.

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          • Could not agree more- I see a mix on my group rides with most carrying bottles and a few using a Camelbak. It’s a matter of preference and no one should feel obligated to use one over the other. Personally, I don’t use one and don’t even like carrying a water bottle in my jersey pocket/ I don’t like the way it feels and my back heats up the water inside.

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