NYC Century Bike Tour - 55 Mile - CycleCentury

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New York City, New York
United States
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75F / 24C
Total Time = 4h 55m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Mmmm... bananas.
Event warmup:

Slow roll to the start of the race.
  • 4h 55m
  • 55 miles
  • 11.19 mile/hr

First time I've tried the NYC Century, and it was well organised with great volunteers.

In 19 NYC Centuries, it's never rained once! It came close this year as hurricane 'Hanna' came through the night before.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more! Also, try and save my quads a little more as by the end they were sore.
Post race
Warm down:

Slow roll home, Mmmm... pasta.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Two things:
* I could be fitter (but, hey, that's always true)
* It's hard to go fast through a city when the roads aren't closed as there's plenty of traffic and other people. Not to mention that there's some large potholes in NYC!

Event comments:

The event started half an hour late, but I can forgive that.

Last updated: 2008-09-07 12:00 AM
04:55:00 | 55 miles | 11.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: The 55 mile course started at Central Park and went all the way down Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge. From there to Prospect Park, and then out to the waterside, opposite Staten Island. At Canarsie Park (second rest stop) the 55 mile route split from the 75/100 routes and cut over to Astoria before doing a hop back into Manhattan and the finish. Next year I think I'll go for the 75 or 100 as when I split from the rest of the riders to do the shorter route I was a bit ahead of the 55 mile group and ended up navigating quite a lot of the course with just one other rider. I was pretty impressed with the directions - although I was certain I'd get lost it was pretty easy to follow the arrows spray painted on the road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4