Ride London 100

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BrindleScoops
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Ride London 100

Postby BrindleScoops » Wed Jan 02, 2013 15:34 pm

Hi,

I am tempted to enter the Ballot for the Ride London 100 in Aug, as I have reaslised from Last year that to really get my self motivated to train, I need to set myself specific targets. The reason I am hesitant, is that I have never entered a Sportive before, in fact the only real distance ride I have done was London to Brighton last year. I average around 14.5mph on a 30 mile ride.

My thinking is I can get much fitter in the 8 months, but am I going to be biting off more than I can chew?

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby damov2 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 15:49 pm

Well my longest ride is currently 32 miles at around 14.5mph ave and I've entered the ballot! I say go for it theres plenty of time to get fit enough.

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Wed Jan 02, 2013 16:05 pm

BrindleScoops wrote:but am I going to be biting off more than I can chew?

Well I'd done no proper cycling at all for 25 years until three months ago. Then, 20 miles seemed a long way. Yesterday, 45 miles didn't seem all that far, and I could comfortably have done more.

I'm hoping that in a few months time, 60 miles or more will seem quite normal.
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Re: Ride London 100

Postby Steve236 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 16:18 pm

Also in the ballot and my longest is 39 miles at 15.2 mph average (today).

As I mentioned on another thread, I bombed at about 30 miles due (I think) to a lack of nutrition but 8 months to iron out little hiccups like that. Also, I haven't even got a road bike yet. If I get into the ride, it'll be my excuse to finally get one :D

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby racingcondor » Wed Jan 02, 2013 17:03 pm

I'd bear in mind that it won't be like a normal sportive. Given the massive number of riders they're trying to squeeze in I would expect huge bunching like on the London - Brighton rather than smooth riding on clear roads.

I think it's a toss up between 1) risk of getting stuck in huge groups vs 2) really unusual event. Should be fun though and there is a big motivation benefit to be gained from riding in a huge group that should make the miles fly by.

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby neilg7777 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 17:09 pm

Go for it I did my first 100 mile Sportive last september and I had only done the L2B last year . The Sportive was great and has really given me the bug. Why not sign up for another Sportive in may/june that offer 2 distances ie: 100 miles or 60 miles and see how you feel and you will see how your trainings going
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Re: Ride London 100

Postby mbthegreat » Wed Jan 02, 2013 17:48 pm

I've also entered the ballot having never done that sort of distance. Plenty of time to build up to it.

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby BrindleScoops » Wed Jan 02, 2013 19:35 pm

Cheers Guys!

I'll do my entry tonight, just wanted to make sure that I wouldnt be the only Chubby one at the back of a field of Bradley Wiggins wannabees!
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Re: Ride London 100

Postby marcusjb » Wed Jan 02, 2013 21:10 pm

I've entered the ballot - not my kind of thing, but it'll be an event and a half. Timing is not great with London-Edinburgh-London finishing on the Friday morning - but worth it just to see so many cyclists on the road.

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby Teisetrotter » Wed Jan 02, 2013 21:16 pm

Same boat, but I am pushing the miles to be ready for the Peterborough100 in April.

If you really get motivated and join a local club it all becomes much easier. Just did 30 miles in my extended lunch break today. Cycled 40 miles to my sister in laws for NYE and then back the next day with a pretty heavy hangover. I am now hovering on the 28km ph mark for these and I am trying to push myself for the under 50miles to be at 30.

10 months ago I was 4 stone heavier and had given up exercise for good. The doctor at the work medical changed all that and I am becoming a reasonably in shape 46 year old !

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby richsieb » Thu Jan 03, 2013 00:36 am

Tried entering the ballot to find you had to be 18. The website fancied telling me after i'd filled in the application :evil:

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby BrindleScoops » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:32 am

Done. Better put the pies away and get the bike out!
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Re: Ride London 100

Postby Bhoy1888 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:31 am

Name has been thrown into the ballot too. Should be a good training target.

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:39 am

If getting a place in the ballot fails, how should I go about getting a charity place?

Can you leave it till the results of the ballot come out, or would attempting to get a charity place become a ballot in itself if I left it that long?
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Re: Ride London 100

Postby Nick1972 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:20 pm

Another one in the ballot. My longest ride to date is 42 miles but think this will be an amazing event. Only problem with a charity place is the required sponsorship

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:24 pm

Nick1972 wrote:Only problem with a charity place is the required sponsorship

Well yes, but presumably the charities have a limited number of places too?

There will be 50,000 disappointed people after the ballot - many of whom will try and get a charity place. I'm just wondering if I should perhaps go for a charity place now to be on the safe side.
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Re: Ride London 100

Postby CookeeeMonster » Thu Jan 03, 2013 15:18 pm

I'm in the ballot but just had a thought...whats to stop you joining the ride just after the start line???

Ok you wont get a medal etc but you could still do it I would've thought. Far too many people for them to check and throw people off, and as you're on public roads not sure they'd be able to? Whaddya fink?
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Re: Ride London 100

Postby Crouching Peeky » Thu Jan 03, 2013 15:32 pm

I wish you lot would stop entering the ballot. My odds a reducing by the second!! :D

Currently got my name in the ballot for this, London to Brighton and potentially LEJoG in July. My longest ride at the minute is 27km. 1000 miles in 10 days....how hard can it be?

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby Mikey23 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 20:13 pm

Not entering mysel but I would imagine that it will have a similar buzz to the London marathon. A pain in the butt to be part of but hey, I was there...

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Re: Ride London 100

Postby essjaydee » Fri Jan 04, 2013 22:23 pm

CookeeeMonster wrote:I'm in the ballot but just had a thought...whats to stop you joining the ride just after the start line???

Ok you wont get a medal etc but you could still do it I would've thought. Far too many people for them to check and throw people off, and as you're on public roads not sure they'd be able to? Whaddya fink?


It would make you a complete and utter twunt :twisted:

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