Century Season finale: Horrible Hundred
Century Season is winding down, but this year’s grand finale is a great ride: The Horrible Hundred!
I did this ride last year, and had a fantastic time. Unfortunately I wound up doing most the ride solo, as I had trouble finding a group that was riding at my pace. I also got caught behind a massive pack at the start, and it took me forever to get in front of them. Here is last year’s post-ride report.
This year I will be riding with a very strong group, will make an effort to position myself near the front of the pack at the ride start (several thousand cyclists will be in attendance) and I’m also a much stronger cyclist compared to one year ago. While I don’t think this ride will be quite as fast as some of my recent centuries (23-24+ MPH averages) I expect my ride time and average speed to be massively improved over my 2013 performance.
The Horrible Hundred has more than 5,000 feet of vertical spread over its 100 mile course. The course is a little disjointed looking, as creative routing is required to get that kind of elevation total here in Central Florida. Here is the course map:
Here is the elevation profile:
The forecast for the ride, which is Sunday, is looking good at this point: high of 81°F, sunny skies and practically no chance of rain. While I wouldn’t mind it if the high were about 10° cooler, I’m not going to complain. At least it won’t be a rain ride!