Another incomplete century

Today was another non-century for me, the second in a row.  Hobgoblin and I set out to do the Tour of the Litchfield Hills, a ride we had never done before, although some of the roads are familiar to us.  Everything started out well — all the century riders began together (with those doing shorter distances starting later), and I found it interesting to begin this way, as usually in tours like these people start out individually.  I found myself trying not to race it as faster riders passed me, and I had to remind myself that I had lots and lots of miles left to go (or so I thought).

I was doing fine and keeping my average pretty high, when I heard a clanking noise like I’d dropped something metal onto the street.  I didn’t see anything but stopped to make sure nothing crucial had fallen off my bike, when I noticed a broken spoke.  I checked to see how wobbly the wheel was and saw that even if I opened my brakes, the wheel was still hitting them.  It was unrideable.  So I called Hobgoblin and sat down to wait for the SAG wagon.

I’d ridden 30 of the hundred miles — which would have made a decent training ride, but I would prefer not to get up at 5:00 and drive for an hour to do a 30-mile training ride!  Oh, well, tomorrow I visit the bike shop to beg them to fix my wheel before Tuesday’s race …

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6 comments so far

  1. Jenny on

    Condolences!

  2. BettyBetty on

    Hey Dorothy – haven’t been seeing any posts from you…hope all is well. I need century advice so I hope you see this…maybe I will stalk your other blog

  3. Dorothy W. on

    Hi BettyBetty — I didn’t mean to neglect the blog, but so much is going on. What do you want to know about centuries? I’ll try to help if I can.

  4. BettyBetty on

    I guess mainly do you do anything different equipment wise? I am not too keen on using CO2 cartridges if I was hours out – they never seem to inflate the tire enough and of course the risk of engaging it too soon. So I was thinking of installing a pump just for the ride. Do you use a larger saddle bag or do you just keep it all in your shirt—food, another spare tube etc.?

  5. Dorothy W. on

    I agree about CO2 cartridges, although I’ve stopped carrying around a hand pump, just because they are so big compared to the cartridges. I just take the risk. If you are doing an organized century with lots of other people, it’s likely someone riding past you will have a pump or that people at the rest stops will have one. But you may not want to depend on others!

    I just use my same saddle bag and load up my pockets. I don’t think I carried more than one extra tube and a patch kit (I suppose I can be a bit of a risk-taker …). If I ride an organized century, I carry my own food but end up mostly eating what the organizers provide. If I’m out riding on my own, I plan a route that allows me to stop at shops along the way. So I’ll carry a couple Clif bars and a couple gels as backup and that’s about it.

  6. century trainer on

    hard luck. after all the preparation it is never easy failing to complete a century ride.


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