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Civil War Century - CycleCentury

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Thurmont, Maryland
United States
Baltimore Bicycle Club
65F / 18C
Total Time = 7h 20m
Overall Rank = /1600
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

drive to event,
Event warmup:

  • 7h 30m
  • 120 miles
  • 16.00 mile/hr

Show and go with 25, Metric, century with bail out, Century.
At 103 mile distance there is ~7000' of climbing
There was a reported vandal that blacked out the pavement cue's in Emmittsburg around mile 90 and spray painted the same course mark with correct shade of paint directing riders back into PA and into nowhere. Our group turned around at mile 105 adding 17 miles and an additional 1500' of climbing. Ended up being a good training day. For the others that weren't IM training it was more difficult to find the silver lining.
What would you do differently?:

Use a cue sheet
Post race
Warm down:

drive home

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Paced for the group I was with. Too long at stops.

Event comments:

The century has excellent feed stations. Its a great ride with plenty of climbing on mostly good roads. For $35 and the opportunity to be on a large group ride its a great value. Don't count on volunteers or course markings to point you in the right direction. Many of the markings didn't give enough time to navigate the turn. If you missed the one mark you're done because there's not a second. Couple that with vandals miss marking the course and you could be in for a world of hurt. The bicycle club doesn't hand out cue sheets till the event start. Get a cue sheet, wrap it in plastic and tape it to your'll need it. Really did enjoy the ride.

Last updated: 2012-05-04 12:00 AM
07:30:00 | 120 miles | 16.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/1600
Wind: Little
Course: Thurmont-Gathland-Antietam-Fort Ritchie-Gettysburg-Emmitsburg-LOST-Thurmont
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] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-10-02 8:04 AM

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