Century ride on a MTB?

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  1. cojosurfer

    cojosurfer New Member

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    Anyone have any experiences or know of how a MTB rider has done in a century ride?
     
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  2. MountainPro

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    100Km - Yes, i have done 70 miles in a single ride.

    100Miles - no..
     
  3. lumpy

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    Sure, just put on skinny tires and have fun! You might want to change your cassette too. Of course you won't be as fast as on a road bike.
     
  4. BikerTrash1130

    BikerTrash1130 New Member

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    Back in the day, when index shifting first came to department store bikes, I did a century on a Huffy MTB. I think I was around 15 years old (early-mid '90s). I was biking a lot prior to the 100, most of the family vacations were to bike paths (Root River, Elroy Sparta,...). I think it took me 8 hours, and it was an organized ride with plenty of sag stops.
    After that ride I got my '89 C'dale M800 that was the lbs owner's wife's, what a difference!
     
  5. ibike73

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    I did a race in Pennsylvania last year that was 101 miles. It is called the Wilderness 101. It is a blast to ride. The winner did it in a bit over 7 hours, took me 11 hrs.

    Ron
     
  6. Aggro Bikes

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    Yep- just put on some 26x1 slicks and you should be good to go...
     
  7. Dian

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    Done it myself. I just put some slicks on and went for it. I am not a well conditioned rider either. I am 30+ with kids so if I can do it, anyone can do it!:p Though I sure would love to try it on a road bike someday.

    Dian
     
  8. The Hunter

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    Yes Have done Round the Bay in a Day which is 220km a number of times. Just put some slicks on and go.
     
  9. ghostpedal

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    Heck yeah! Been there and done it. You might get some strange looks, but it only adds to the fun.
     
  10. cojosurfer

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    Thanks everyone. I can imagine looking out of place. Who cares? I would be doing it for endurance and training fitness. I got [email protected] on both wheels now. I like the idea of [email protected] (that's the deal for me). I'm not interested in passing roadbikes (LOL) but I'm sure I will get my fair share of passing people. ;) I'm looking forward to the Solvang and Santa Barbara century rides, in California so far, for next spring. I like the idea of lots of hill and mountain road climbing in Central Coast area's for training and fitness, combined with century rides, should make me a good beginner racer; the goal. I'll have to throw in interval sprint training up mountains too....sheesh...hope I can throw in fun rides too. Thanks everyone....it's been encouraging reading your posts....
     
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    It sounds like you have a good plan, both physically and mentally. Have a lot of fun, and good luck with your goals. Keep riding!
     
  12. Dian

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    I've unintentionally done 125km (approx 70% paved, 30% singletrack) on a MTB with 26x2" semislicks @ 60psi

    Despite being an accident (it was one of those "I wonder where this trail goes" things that leads you 30+km from where you wanted to be) it didn't feel too bad, I was knackered, but have felt much worse after long rides all the same..
     
  14. soonerschwinn

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    I took a few years off from riding and now that I'm back all I have is a MTB. (I'm still a roadie at heart.) I rode two metric centuries this summer and averaged 16 to 17 mph on them. That's fast enough for me these days and with more miles I'm sure I can pick it up another mph or two. I enjoyed the odd looks and comments like "mountian bikes don't go that fast" the couple of times I'd hang with a group of roadies going 20 to 25 and me on a MTB.:) Next summer I'll probably do the full century at the Hotter N' Hell.
     
  15. skycat

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    Well there is the Durango MTB 100 where you can do 100 miles, 100 k, 50 k. It's pretty much all off road, I think I'm going to try the 50 k while my boyfriend is thinking about doing 100 k next year.

    http://www.gravityplay.com/MTB100/index2.htm
     
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