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Culpeper Cycling Century 2010 - CycleCentury

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Culpeper, Virginia
United States
Culpeper Co. Parks & Recreation
60F / 16C
Total Time = 4h 03m 1s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up normally, about 3:30. Had coffee, had my standard cheese sticks and Southwestern Rolls for breakfast. No problem.
Event warmup:

None. It's a century.
  • 4h 03m 1s
  • 76.96 miles
  • 19.00 mile/hr

This was an EXCELLENT ride!

Started out in a crowd. We had police escort for the first 5 miles or so. Smooth and mildly flat roads. I got caught up in a couple pelotons and broke out to ride on my own. Gradual uphills and flats for this bit.

The road markings were yellow and blue arrows. At the first rest stop there were cardboard signs on sticks stuck into the ground beside the road so a handful of us just kept going, thinking it was the standard rest stop where it's 100 yards or so off course then come back to the course and continue. Apparently that wasn't so. The course went on beyond the rest stop. Well, that didn't bode well and about 5-6 miles on down the road I came upon a group off the side of the road. "Is this the 'I haven't seen an arrow in a while?' group?" "Yup" Well, one of the guys knew the area and said if we go on a bit we'll come up to the main road that is part of the route. Off we went.

Through the center of town, after another 5 miles or so. Orange, Va. A bit of trivia here. The blond girl on Hee Haw who said, "That's All!" at the end of every episode's name was Cathy Baker. She now lives in Orange, Va. Didn't see her. Doesn't mean I didn't look, though. :)

Took the main road back, mild rollers. I was told I'm pretty damn good at rollers and that I had a bit of a pace line using me as the puller. What a change that was from before.

Found my way and went back onto the route. Yellow wrist band, yellow arrows, right? Hmmm, handful of older arrows and a yellow and a blue arrow are the new ones. Here I go following the yellow arrows.

Got to a turn on another major road and had to pee. Asked the Sheriff if he'd bust me if I went into the treeline. "Go ahead, enjoy" So I did.

Came out of the treeline to find a SAG vehicle coming down the road. I told her about the group of us getting lost. She told me to write it up and send it to her later. I will.

Lord have mercy there was a road with the word mountain in it. My GOD. If you've ever seen Devil Hill on the Mooseman course, this was the same hill, only twice as long. It was also one of three or four real hills on this part of the road. I was absolutely shocked to find that my legs were okay. WTF? Whose legs are these? I can't do hills.

Further on there was another ambiguous set of arrows. They were angled left so I took a left. About 4 miles on down the road it ended. This road was a bear! I hit 44 and 45 miles an hour multiple times going down this road. Unfortunately that also meant I had to climb the silly thing on the way up. T intersection with both ways gravel. I'm not positive but I believe I'm going the wrong way. Turn around and go back down these hell hills. Legs are still feeling great. WOW.

Got back to the bike store and signed back in. This is where I realized I left my Garmin on during the rest stops. Grrr. Mileage was right but the time was screwy. I asked around the group of us who went to Orange for the time.

BEAUTIFUL day! Wonderful ride. I was good and ready to go run a half mary even after the hills. Again, whose legs did I borrow for this ride?
What would you do differently?:

Not a damned thing. I enjoyed it.
Post race
Event comments:

I'm signing up again next year as soon as I make my race schedule.

Last updated: 2010-07-02 12:00 AM
04:03:01 | 76.96 miles | 19.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills for the most part.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2010-10-02 5:10 PM

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Subject: Culpeper Cycling Century 2010

2010-10-02 9:25 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Culpeper Cycling Century 2010
Quite an entertaining read Tongue out  Seriously, nice pace and a supre nice day to be out there!!
2010-10-03 2:43 AM
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Melon Presser
Subject: RE: Culpeper Cycling Century 2010
Soooo ... Cathy was phantom pace booty?

Great ride indeed!
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