How many of us did this ride in 2008?
And how many are going to do it this year?
The date has been announced as Sunday 14th June.
I t was a fun ride last year with one serious hill, and fantastic traffic marshalling throughout the ride.
The only complaint I had was the very slow start along George St. I also heard that people who were riding a bit slowly found some of the food stations under stocked. The organisers got the feedback so hopefully that will be fixed this time.
Be great to get a group together. The site has no info re this year except the date, but has lots of info re last years ride for anyone wanting to check it out http://www.usmevents.com.au/century/index.html
Didn't do it last year, but my cousin did and keeps telling me it was a good ride. I'll probably give the Caboolture to Noosa a go as it's 100 kms and I have yet to crack the century. Hopefully by the time this rolls around I'll have plenty of them under my belt
I am up for it this year. Didn't do the ride last year due to my recovering from some knee surgery. I did drive the course with a friend of mine, on the day as another friend was riding and we went to pick him up. Nasty hill in the middle - looking forward to it!
The site is live now with registration details etc. Don't forget this sold out last year so register early.
http://www.usmevents.com.au/century/ene ... html?enews
OK, a quick reread confirms that I'm a bit thick sometimes. Sleepsurfing? I'm with it now. Any time. Glad your enjoying your riding.
We now return you to normal programming.
If you've done that after only 5 weeks, keep up whatever you are doing and you'll be fine.
the 160 is really about pacing yourself, also about having some group riding skills and sharing the effort with other people you meet on the way.
Having said that there are heaps of training tips on this forum. That hill is short and sharp, do some steep hill riding and you'll be fine, lots walked up it last year but lots rode it too.
I definatly want to do this, but the site doesn't seem to be working at the moment......hopefully it's a small problem and I can register soon.
edit..... it worked half/hour after I posted.....will be registering ASAP
Thanks. I hopped on the bike for the first time in years and this was my first 'real' bike - OCR1.
Knocked off 35km easy - stunned me. So I started training. That being said - this was in mid Jan. I started general fitness training in mid October so I assume the regular running, etc, would have prepped me.
I am going to do the 100km again in 6 days - but might try for 120 instead. Which should I do first? Try to get up to 160km at present speed or stick to each distance and only increase after I get my speed closer to 30km.hr?
My personal view is to get up to around 29kph for the 100km and then start increasing distance. If you have your heart set on a certain ride and it is longer then don't jeopardise your enjoyment. As long as you keep riding regularly, you will improve.
My 100km is from my house to the loganlea onramp to the M1 then service roads to Gold Coast motorway turn off on M1 - and back.
120 should be enough to continue into the actual gold coast - main beach.
I might compromise by aiming for the 120km (rewarded by the sight of a bikini or 2 if I am lucky) then try to get the speed up to 29km.hr on that route. Then work up to the 160km.
I am doing this ride every 2 weeks, riding to work and back twice per week (25km each way in the past from son's daycare to work but am now stepping up to 35km from home to work).
On the off weekend I will do an easy jog\walk for 8km then a swim.
I do some weights as well but my main goal is fitness plus weight loss that is drastic enough to impress while still being healthy.
I think this would be a good approach.
When you start increasing the distance don't increase by more than 10% per week on the long rides. Plenty of time to get up there for the Noosa ride.
Certainly if you have done a few 120s and 130s, you don't need to have actually done a 160 before the event.
Nice work there ClownBoy, sounds like you have a fair bit of fitness already, just be very very careful not to do too much too soon!!!!
As MountGower said try to aim for NO MORE than a 10% increase and also throw in a week every now and then where you drop back on the k's and intensity to give your body time to recover properly and avoid any overuse injuries.
I wouldnt be too concerned with your speed at this stage. If your doing those sort of km's at that average speed already, then the speed will pretty much look after itself as your distance increase.
If you can try and throw in a good ride in the hills (proper hills) once a week, it's painfull, but will do wonders
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I am going to frame your comment and put it on my wall.
I am one of those weight loss guys. So I had no fitness at all last October but have been hitting weights and running pretty hard since about 20th October.
Fitness right now is probably only average but thanks for your compliment.
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