Manny, good luck. Make sure you drink plenty of water, and eat plenty of fruit,nuts, cookies, brownies, bananas, pretzels, etc. Pace yourself, don't go all out.
Manny, have a great ride!
I will be there as well, I think this week's pace will be a little more laid back but I still hope to average about 17-18 mph
This is a great ride..I have done it three times. Anybody who is thinking about going do it.....you are biking next to beautiful farms, a lake, and apple orchards. And moderately hilly for the Midwest.
Trish and I are planning to be there.
DO NOT SHOW UP IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED! Per the applecidercentury.com site, "Registration is now closed! There will be no day of ride registrations. If you are still looking to ride in the ACC, you can see if people near you are selling registrations at the Trading Post.
I love this ride. They are a bit uptight about bandits, but I can't blame them there, especially since they put so much into providing an awesome experience for everyone. Great sag stops, lots of free apple cider, free ice cream on Saturday afternoon, and everyone involved in putting on this event seems to be happy about it. One water bottle (of apple cider) will be more than adequate to get me from one sag stop to the next.
Not sure what bike I will be on yet... might be the old blue Raleigh Grand Prix, might be the brown TriCross Sport, might be the white Roland tandem, might even be the multi-color Bilenky Viewpoint tandem. It will NOT be a fixie (I don't have one and my knees would not appreciate the hills).
I just hope the weather forecast clears up a little to match Chicago's. Still shows rain for the ride there. Not that it would stop me, just that I would enjoy it more if it were dry.
I'm relly looking forward to this ride. (this will be my first ACC) Hoping the overnight shower clears the area by the 8:00am start.
Don't forget about the time change if you are headed in from Chicago.
I'll be there with my sweetie and our kiddo. Just doing the easy 15/25 this year, but ACC is a good time no matter how many miles you ride. Have fun riders!
What, your inner beast didn't want to come out and play that day? ;-)
You are right, pacing yourself is one of the hardest parts of a century, at least for me. Not loitering TOO long at the sag stops is also important. And, as one of my wife's friends put it, "I never met a road I couldn't push my bike up."
The route was very "lumpy" to say the least, here is a screen capture of what my Garmin recorded for the 75 mile route. I planned on doing the whole 100 but we got a really late start due to the rain. The garmn does not save the grade% numbers, but there were several places where my screen read over 12%.