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So yesterday I got up and went for a 25 miler solo. After about an hour or so, the wife and I went on a 40 mile "pie ride". Then later in the afternoon I went on another ride of 37 miles. The total of these 3 rides was 102 miles.

Did I ride a century? I think I did. What do you think?
 

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Grumparoo said:
So yesterday I got up and went for a 25 miler solo. After about an hour or so, the wife and I went on a 40 mile "pie ride". Then later in the afternoon I went on another ride of 37 miles. The total of these 3 rides was 102 miles.

Did I ride a century? I think I did. What do you think?
I think you did 102 miles in a day, but (IMO) a century is done in one ride. Granted, stops/ breaks are acceptable, but from what you offered (I'm assuming) there were some lapses between your rides that might not be considered cycling related.

It's still a worthwhile effort, just not literally a century to my way of thinking.
 

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PJ352 said:
I think you did 102 miles in a day, but (IMO) a century is done in one ride. Granted, stops/ breaks are acceptable, but from what you offered (I'm assuming) there were some lapses between your rides that might not be considered cycling related.

It's still a worthwhile effort, just not literally a century to my way of thinking.
To my way of thinking, as well.

To me, a century (proper) is a designated 100 mile route that you complete in however long of a time it takes you... not 3 unrelated rides in one day.

On the plus side, you did ride 100 miles in one day, which is nothing to be ashamed of. But not a "century". Just 100 miles. Great job, though. :thumbsup:
 

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I guess if you're going to call it a century you'd want to hope who ever you tell doesn't ask your time because you'd have to say it took you 12 hours (or how ever long this day was). So if this is for bragging rights you might want to hold off on slapping the century label on this ride(s) for that reason.

What is a 'pie ride' by the way?
 

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Jay Strongbow said:
I guess if you're going to call it a century you'd want to hope who ever you tell doesn't ask your time because you'd have to say it took you 12 hours (or how ever long this day was). So if this is for bragging rights you might want to hold off on slapping the century label on this ride(s) for that reason.

What is a 'pie ride' by the way?
Eating a dessert pie during or after a bike ride is a tradition that goes back decades in some parts of the USA. Prominent (and maybe even rooted) in Wisconsin, cyclists have joined in this tradition going back to the 1960s, AFAIK.

Riders of all ages participate and it's not necessarily a planned event. Rather, it's an option on every ride, but more frequently it's on weekend rides.

Here's an excerpt I've found when searching:
In both Wisconsin and Minnesota there are bakeries and pie shops that have been located on popular bike trails specifically to cater to the biking community. Several communities, in the Midwest and in other regions, sponsor annual Pie Ride events. Here's a link to a page about a cycling club in Clinton, Iowa that organized around pie rides in the mid-70s:
http://www.rbbcclinton.org/history.html

I've seen references to pie rides in Massachusetts, Texas, Oregon, Montana, and other states.
 

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Jay Strongbow said:
I guess if you're going to call it a century you'd want to hope who ever you tell doesn't ask your time because you'd have to say it took you 12 hours (or how ever long this day was). So if this is for bragging rights you might want to hold off on slapping the century label on this ride(s) for that reason.

What is a 'pie ride' by the way?
No bragging rights involved, other than the satisfaction gained from a sense of self-accomplishment. I've done centuries in the classic sense several times, though I was much younger at the time. Riding one has been on my list of goals since getting back into cycling a year ago. I'm on the lookout for a good one in my area, but I suspect I'll do one in YOYO fashion before finding an organized ride. (My club's June century was a candidate, but got cancelled.)

PJ352 covered pie rides. In this case the pie was from the Pie Lady in Lenexa, KS. The missus had apple, while I couldn't resist the french silk.
 

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Hell, man, call it what you want, it's quite a bit of effort in a single day! For me it would be psychologically more difficult than doing it all at once: I am capable of riding a very, very long ways in one 'sitting', but there's not much chance of me going out again that day after I get out of my kit and take a shower.:)

BTW, is this whole midwest pie/cycling connection the reason that my RAGBRAI jersey from last year has the names of about 70 types of pie written on it in shadowy letters that I didn't even notice until last month?? Now that I think about it there was an awful lot of good pie for sale along the route...
 

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a century is a 'single' ride of 100 miles.

in my experience, it is also located somewhere that requires waking 3 hours before the crack of dawn to get there in time to ride, has designated start / finish lines.a crapload of participants, a 'name,' an entrance fee, an ugly t-shirt that will probably get used to wash the car, and a pasta feed somewhere before or after the event.
 

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Oxtox said:
a century is a 'single' ride of 100 miles.

in my experience, it is also located somewhere that requires waking 3 hours before the crack of dawn to get there in time to ride, has designated start / finish lines.a crapload of participants, a 'name,' an entrance fee, an ugly t-shirt that will probably get used to wash the car, and a pasta feed somewhere before or after the event.
You mean the 110 mile solo ride I did Saturday from my house to my sister-in-law's house doesn't count as a century? Dang. :D
 

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You mean the 110 mile solo ride I did Saturday from my house to my sister-in-law's house doesn't count as a century? Dang. :D
maybe...if she fed you pasta and charged you for it.

did you ride home the same day? if you did, you're pretty hardy.
 

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i agree with most of the others. A century is one continuous ride with some rest stops or lunch stop along the way.
 

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Bullshit. One hundred miles in the course of a single day (24 hrs) is a century. If not, all sorts of decisions have to be made with regard to the permitted lengths of breaks, etc., and WHO, exactly, has the authority to make those decisions which would amount, in the end, to an already agreed upon definition of something so simple???? I'd love to see those who disagree start proposing precise definitions of the term! Should be real amusing...

Grumparoo, congrats, you rode a century :) Anyone who insists otherwise has got serious issues and ought to seek treatment.
 
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