Signed up for the 100km at UNICON. I am wondering what sort of times to expect, for the faster and slower riders. My goal is to just complete it and see how well I do, but I would also like to know that I’ll be finishing before everyone’s gone home
It also looks like a nice flat track that loops every 8k, which is a lot less intimidating than just riding from one city to the next.
Any other advice for racing such a distance compared to the marathon?
Is that listed somewhere?
It seems a bit short to me for the max limit. I mean even if you can do a marathon under 2 hours(just over 20km/h), you’re going to need at least 5 hours for 100km.
The numbers Scott said make sense, but only for the very fastest people.
Also with relay teams with a lot of people, there might be some slower people, so I can see those taking longer too.
Agreed that can help. I was thinking of the “Way back seems shorter” phenomenon. When you ride somewhere new, the way back seems a lot faster. A one way path may seem to go on forever. Also you could end up on your own for 4 hours and that may be less motivating than having some spectators.
But I understand that you don’t want to get too comfortable and slow down or quit.
I’m really looking forward to this 100km race. It’ll be hard though! 100km is enough to get fairly tired in a non-race ride, but when racing it I think it’ll be a real tough one.
It’ll depend on the conditions and course, but I agree with those who’ve said under 4 hours for the leaders… potentially well under. I’ll put my guess at 3:45 (just under 27kph).
5:30 seems fair for a cut-off. It’s a race, after all, and you can pick any other day you wish to go for a fun long ride at your own comfortable pace. I think if you’re not able to finish in that time then entering a 100km race solo is probably not for you! There are relay team options and also shorter races. It’s a very long event for marshals and officials already.
As for tips… prepare! Make sure that this isn’t the first time you’ve ridden 100km. The more you train for it the more enjoyable it will be. It’ll probably be warm, so drinking plenty of water and taking on extra sugar, bananas, food etc. at regular intervals will be essential.
I don’t think 5:30 is an outrageous expectation, but it seems disproportionally short if they are using it as a strict cut-off, compared to the marathons, where there is commonly people finishing up to 4 hours.
Even if it takes someone 5:45 for some reason, I wouldn’t call it a “comfortable pace”, and they should be allowed to finish.
It is a race, but it’s also supposed to fun. For me, without these kinds of events, I probably wouldn’t have been motivated to learn to ride these distances.
As for the relay team, some of those could easily take even longer, if lots of new people sign up together, they could still be a lot slower than the solo people, and I don’t think they should be cut off either.
I do hope everyone is able to finish under that time however, but if some can’t, we should still be cheering them on.
With all people going for 100km solo, many more relay team members with different setups and guys cycling at an average speed of 27kpm I am wondering how this will all work out together. Does anybody have a clue how many people registered?