ROB'S BICYCLE CENTURY RIDE
Details on a few Century Rides...

To see a summary of my Century Rides please click here. Otherwise you can read a little about each journey below.


Century Ride 1

Where: New Badan IL
When: 1994/09/11
Bicycle: TREK 830 Mountain Bike frame, 1.9" road tires
Distance: 102.10
Time: 08:05
Average 12.6 mph

Description: American Youth Hostels (AYH) Flat as Pancake Century. It was still dark when I left to drive to New Badan. First attempt at a century ride. Hadn't really trained much but had ridden about 700 miles for the year. I was almost in an accident thanks to some bad behavior of a local riding club - they were riding as a pack, 4 or 5 abreast and a couple members crashed into each other. Rode a 60 mile loop in the morning then stopped at the park and had a good lunch. Mary and Kelly were suppose to meet me during the lunch break but I decided to get going on the final 40 mile loop. I left them a note and map in my truck and took off. They found me about the 70 mile mark. It was uplifting to see them. A fellow rider rode by and yelled "hey, no fair!".

I rode conservative, a little slower than my normal average trying to make sure I had enough gas to make all the way. I stopped every hour or so for a short rest, to stretch and for food, mostly fig newtons. I remember the final 5 or so miles: I knew I was going to make it. I was tired and my legs and butt hurt and my hands were going numb. In those final few mile I witnessed 2 or 3 road bikers sitting beside the road, looking really bad. I guess they had bonked.

I got back to the park and most people were long gone. I asked a woman to take my picture since it was my first century I wanted a picture to mark the occasion. I stopped on the way home for a caffinated drink as I was so tired, incrediably tired. I've never felt so tired in my life - tired to the bone. My hands were numb for 2 or 3 days. I didn't ride my bike again for 3 weeks. But I did the century on a mountain bike frame with big (1.9") road tires!

Previous month: 14 rides, 339.96 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 670.93.


Century Ride 2

Where: Sedan KS/Parson KS
When: 1995/06/16
Bicycle: TREK 830 Mountain Bike frame
Distance: 101.82
Time: n/a
Average: n/a

Description: 2nd Century Ride, Biking Across Kansas Day 7. My great friend Joe Dietrick and I made it to Parsons Kansas after riding about 80 miles from Sedan. Once there we decided to double back about 10 miles to setup our century ride. This was Joe's first century ride.

Previous month: 19 rides, 669.89 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1027.82.


Century Ride 3

Where: Webster Groves MO/Elsah IL
When: 2001/07/07
Bicycle: TREK 830
Distance: 107.74
Time: 07:32:43
Average: 14.279

Description: 3rd Century Ride, Heat Index 110. Century Ride from home via Riverfront Trail, Chain of Rocks Bridge, Route 3, Highways 143, Highway 100. I started early about 6:01am and ended at 3:41pm. The heat index at 3:00pm was 110. Very hot! I stopped at work and sat in the air conditioning for about 30 minutes. I took a more direct route home and stopped aboout 3 miles from home to rehydrate and cool off. I was so hot! I struggled home and sat on the kitchen floor - I was exhausted. Once I stood up I got a nasty leg cramp in my thigh.

Previous month: 17 rides, 670.43 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1585.97.


Century Ride 4

Where: Columbia IL/Ellis Grove IL
When: 2002/08/31
Bicycle: TREK 830
Distance: 104.02
Time: 07:16:51
Average: 14.287

Description: 4th Century Ride, Bluff Road. Century ride on the Bluff Rd, Route 3, Shawnee Town Trail Rd. I was trying to get to Chester IL but was discouraged due to traffic on Route 3. I turned of on Shawnee Town Trail Rd, rode a bit and turned around. I stopped a butcher shop and got a sandwich to eat. A young man came out and talked to me as I ate. He was kind enough to refill my water bottles. I stopped at the grocery store in Praire du Rocher on the way there and back. I saw the following dead things: 8 racoons, 1 deer, 1 fox, 1 cat, 1 skunk. Also saw 10 trains. My right leg cramped at 99.90 miles. I dangled my right leg and kept pedaling with my left to get to 100.00 miles. I was conerned that I might not be able to restart if I stopped. Silly I know. I slowed my pace and made it the remaining 4 miles.

Previous month: 6 rides, 169.48 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1083.12.


Century Ride 5

Where: Greenville IL/Vandalia IL
When: 2003/06/29
Bicycle: TREK 7500FX
Distance: 101.32
Time: 06:36:53
Average 15.318

Description: 5th Century Ride. AYH Filecracker 100 ride. Original route only 96 miles. Rather warm at the finish 89. With friend Jerry Roloff. Just for the record the AYH Firecracker came up a bit short in 2003 as it was only about 96 miles. It was disappointing that the route wasn't actually 100 miles long. Jerry and I doubled back a couple miles to make up the missing 4 miles in order to get our true 100 miles. Jerry pulled us along and kept our average speed up. This was his first century ride - he rode a mountain bike. The bike is a 2002 model TREK 7500FX Fitness bike equipped 700 x 32 road tires. Some pictures are available on Fotki.com.

Previous month: 15 rides, 773.52 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1670.65.


Century Ride 6

Where: Webster Groves MO/Grafton IL
When: 2004/10/09
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 116.16
Time: 07:10:19
Average: 16.196

Description: 6th Century Ride. Route: Big Bend, Germania, Broadway, Riverfront Trail, COR Bridge, Trail to Alton, Great River Rd. 100 miles in 6:08:53, 16.2. Temp 60-69. Lunch at Lilly's in north Grafton IL. Personal bests in distance and average (for a century ride). Took 23 pictures along the way which are available at Fotki.com .

Previous month: 10 rides, 289.36 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 2418.49.


Century Ride 7

Where: Saint Charles MO/Jefferson City MO
When: 2005/07/01
Bicycle: TREK 7500FX
Distance: 104.70
Time: 07:18:23
Average: 14.33

Description: 7th Century Ride. Route: KATY all the way. 100 miles in 6:58:45, 14.3. Overcast for most of the morning. Mild day. At the 75 mile mark my front tire was sliced open by a piece of glass. I made emergency repairs and limped on to Jefferson City. Took 44 pictures along the way which are available at Fotki.com .

Previous month: 12 rides, 352.98 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1425.10.


Century Ride 8

Where: Webster Groves MO/Alton IL
When: 2006/09/02
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 115.04
Time: 07:15:52
Average: 15.83

Description: 8th Century Ride. Route: Webster Groves MO to Creve Coeur Park, Page Avenue extension (Highway 364) to Saint Charles MO, north and east on 94/H to 367, Clark bridge to Alton IL, lunch at Subway. Confluence Trail to Hartford IL, east to South Roxana IL and the Watershed Trail, to Edwardsville IL and the Schoolhouse Trail to Madison IL, 203 to Collinsville Rd into East Saint Louis IL. Eads bridge was closed so we backtracked to the ML King bridge (not a bike friendly bridge). Hit 100 miles at Union Station, downtown Saint Louis. Then home via Forest Park and Maplewood.

With Tom Crespi, his first century ride. 100 miles in 6:14:21, 16.028. Partly sunny, mild day. Took 21 pictures along the way which are available at Fotki.com .

Previous month: 11 rides, 345.71 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1909.47.


Century Ride 9

Where: Columbia MO area
When: 2007/09/08
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 104.35
Time: 05:52:23
Average: 17.76

Description: 9th Century Ride. MS150 Day 1, the hilly day. Route: Big loop south of Columbia MO. The century route added a loop north across I70 on the east side of Columbia. The entire may be viewed at the All Sport GPS website.

Road the first few miles with Kevin Craven, til the first rest stop. Good day for riding distance as it was overcast, moderate in temperature, humidity and no rain! 100 miles in 6:31:39 clock time, 5:37:53 riding time, 17.7 average. Took 42 pictures along the way, including pre and post-ride activities, which are available at Fotki.com .

Previous month: 9 rides, 296.35 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1903.47.


Century Ride 10

Where: Columbia MO area
When: 2008/09/06
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 100.36
Time: 5:49:39
Average: 17.222

Description: 10th Century Ride. MS150 Day 1, the less hilly day. Route: Big loop northwest of Columbia MO. Clock time: 7:44:19. Temp in low 50's and foggy at start. With Rob Zilch, Vic Ottenlips. Vic's first century ride. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Since the flatter of the two day's routes was the first day, it seemed like a lot of people decided to do the century ride the first day this year. RobZ had a flat tire. RobZ and I doubled back a bit to make up the missing 2 or 3 miles to get our legit 100 miles. That evening we dined at a pasta place in downtown Columbia and had some ice cream at Sparky's. Took 50 pictures along the way, including pre and post-ride activities, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 8 rides, 299.88 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1708.88.


Century Ride 11

Where: Saint Louis MO area
When: 2008/10/12
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 101.42
Time: 6:08:37
Average: 16.508

Description: 11th Century Ride. Trailnet's Ride the Rivers Century. With Mark Weaver and Rob Zilch. Great weather day. Really nice ride, well run and supported. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

This ride started in Saint Charles, then wound its way to through Clayton to downtown Saint Louis. North on the Riverfront Trail and across the Chain of Rocks Bridge and Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge. Nice lunch stop near in Alton IL. Ride includes two Ferry crossings. Stopped by Trailhead Brewery for a beer after the ride. Took 92 pictures along the way, including pre and post-ride activities, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 5 rides, 127.67 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 2011.91.


Century Ride 12

Where: Columbia MO area
When: 2009/09/12
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 100.15
Time: 5:32:33
Average: 18.069

Description: 12th Century Ride. MS Bike Ride Day 1, Saturday. With Rob Zilch, Vic & Michael Ottenlips. New start location, new routes north of I-70, nice weather. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Dinner at Flat Branch Brewery, downtown Columbia MO. Took 41 pictures along the way, including pre and post-ride activities, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 9 rides, 384.80 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 2123.38.


Century Ride 13

Where: Columbia MO area
When: 2009/09/13
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 100.18
Time: 5:47:18
Average: 17.307

Description: 13th Century Ride. MS Bike Ride Day 2, Sunday. With Rob Zilch and Vic & Michael Ottenlips part of the way. New start location, new routes north of I-70, nice weather. Managed to take a wrong turn off of the centiry route and ended back at the start line with just 70 miles. Went to Subway for lunch. Then rode the end of the route backwards for 13 miles to make up the missing miles. Very hard 13+ miles intot the wind and lots of rolling hills. Many people passed us going the other way: Michael & Vic Ottenlips, RobZ's team captain and Joan Zilch! We turned around and stopped at the next rest stop where Joan got a big laugh from our mis-adventure. After refueling we hammered, with the wind, the final 12+ miles back to the Fairgrounds. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

First ime ever doing 100 miles back-to-back days. Felt pretty good all in all. Loaded up the bike, changed clothes and headed home. Hit massive traffic jam approaching I-70. Stopped for coffee and stretching at McDonalds then headed home. Stopped about an hour later for a bathroom break and more stretching at a rest stop. Took 24 pictures along the way, including pre and post-ride activities, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 10 rides, 484.80 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 2223.53.


Century Ride 14

Where: Columbia IL area
When: 2010/05/11
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 100.79
Time: 6:03:05
Average: 16.656

Description: 14th Century Ride. Early season century ride with: Dave Fiedler, Frank Curotto, Don Simakoff, Mark Weaver. Weather was good (no rain) but we battled big wind most of the day. Lunch stop at the grocery store in Prairie du Rocher and park. Visit Fort de Chartres on return. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Took 38 pictures along the way, including pre and post-ride activities, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 14 rides, 361.67 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1048.01.


Century Ride 15

Where: Saint Louis MO area
When: 2010/06/12
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 112.01
Time: 7:15:58
Average: 15.415

Description: 15th Century Ride. Century ride solo. Hot, humid, windy, some rain. Heat Index about 100 in the afternoon. Visited Rahul Kommineni. Got soaked in final mile. Suffered last 20 or so miles. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Took 61 pictures along the way, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 11 rides, 226.93 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1375.73.


Century Ride 16

Where: Columbia IL area
When: 2010/07/17
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 100.00
Time: 5:54:45
Average: 16.91

Description: 16th Century Ride. First half of the Pinckneyville Rib Run Double Century. Columbia IL to Pinckneyville IL. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Took 43 pictures along the way, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 12 rides, 293.18 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1869.35.


Century Ride 17

Where: Pinckneyville IL area
When: 2010/07/17
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 101.42
Time: 6:13:43
Average: 16.28

Description: 17th Century Ride. Second half of the Pinckneyville Rib Run Double Century. Pinckneyville IL to Columbia IL. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Took 43 pictures along the way, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 13 rides, 393.18 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 1969.35.


Century Ride 18

Where: Webster Groves MO to Staunton IL
When: 2010/08/28
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 108.29
Time: 6:58:49
Average: 15.51

Description: 18th Century Ride. Century ride mostly on Madison County Trails. Started at 6am, great weather. Ate at park in Staunton where a bike fair was happening. Corvette rally at Arch. With Mark Weaver. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Took 25 pictures along the way, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 14 rides, 297.95 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 2453.48.


Century Ride 19

Where: Columbia MO to Mexico MO
When: 2010/09/12
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 102.80
Time: 5:43:48
Average: 17.94

Description: 19th Century Ride. MS Bike Ride day 2 (Sunday). With Mark Weaver, fast pace. Picked up Rob Zilch at last rest stop. We had some big wind along the way. 100 miles in 5:35:12. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Took 25 pictures along the way, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 21 rides, 619.98 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 2808.36.


Century Ride 20

Where: Webster Groves MO to Edwardsville IL
When: 2010/09/21
Bicycle: Klein Q Carbon Team Road Bike
Distance: 108.74
Time: 6:17:55
Average: 17.26

Description: 20th Century Ride. Century ride organized by Dave Fiedler. Featured the trails of Madison County. With Dave F, Mark W, Don S, Frank C, Keith and Kathy. Stop at Culvers for butterburgers. Mark's right shifter cable broke near the Gateway Arch. 100 miles in 5:44:49. The entire route may be viewed at the Trimble Outdoors website.

Took 28 pictures along the way, which are available at Flickr.com .

Previous month: 17 rides, 596.17 miles.
Year to date total mileage: 2943.76.


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