Closing out Century Season with the “Hilly Hundred” this weekend.
Even though I do plenty of 100 mile rides throughout the entire year, the beautiful weather we typical enjoy here in Central Florida from October through December inspires a fair number of organized centuries. We call this “Century Season”, and it’s been one hell of a fun ride thus far.This weekend is the last of the organized centuries I have planned for this season: The Hilly Hundred ride in Brooksville, Florida. This is the first time I’ve done this ride, and I’m looking forward to it. This is an unsupported ride, and it’s free to all. I’m told it has plenty of rolling hills and spectacular scenery. I don’t think the “A” group pace will be anything too killer, but that’s cool. There’s been no shortage of fast, hard 100 mile rides over the past couple of months, so a more moderately paced ride will be a nice change. Maybe I’ll actually get to see some of the beautiful scenery I’ve heard so much about! 🙂
Here’s a list of the rides I’ve done this century season, with links to their respective ride reports and photos:
October 10: MDBF Century (A mechanical forced me to ride in one gear most of the way)
October 25: Horse Farm Hundred (23.6 MPH average–was my fastest century to this point)
November 1: Sugar 8 Challenge (Hot, windy and hilly)
November 8: 100 miles with a small group (Super hot, but fun and scenic)
November 15: Horrible Hundred (Another tough, but fun, H100. New 4.5 hour power PR)
November 28: JHOP 100 Century (super fast, 25.0 MPH average–my fastest century to date)
Apart from the Sugar 8 Challenge and the small group century, I did all of these rides without stopping. The atypical fall heat this year made things extra challenging, as 50 ounces of fluids isn’t much when you’re sweating heavily for 4+ hours. The JHOP ride had motorcycle SAG support, and so on that ride I actually got to enjoy 75 ounces of water without needing to stop. That extra 25 ounces of water made a world of difference on that ride.
We’re finally getting some cooler weather now, so perhaps we’ll get a couple more 100 mile rides in later this month or next month. Let me know if you want to put something together.