The Cap2Cap Century is this Saturday, and the time has come to focus a little bit on the route. I realize this makes me different than many participants in rides such as this, who seem quite content to simply show up and go with the flow. I’m not very good at going with flows, so I like to have a very good idea as to what I’m getting myself into. This is what I’ve learned:
– Of the four organized rides I’ve participated in since last September, this will be the biggest by far with over 2,000 riders. I’m not sure how many will be with me at the 7:30AM start for the century ride, but I suspect more than a few will be there.
– This ride has two start points – one at each end of the route. Here’s hoping we don’t run into each other!
– With only 1,099 feet of climbing, the course is very flat. That was actually one of my reasons for picking this as my first century. Hopefully, I’ll ease myself into things as I get ready for the Civil War Century and 7,000 feet of climbing this September.
– The route appears to be easier to follow than the sometimes intricate routes of my previous rides. There is also the promise of course marshals sprinkled throughout the route. I think the probability of getting lost is about as low as it can be.
– There’s beer at the end of the ride. Very nice. They’ve got a lunch planned for us at the halfway point in Chickahominy Park. Also very nice.
– I’ll be on the road to the start line at 5:30AM. Not so nice.
I’ve done my reading. I’ve done my training. I have a plan that will surely be out the window by Mile 10. All that remains is to complete the ride. I’ve pedaled 70 miles before as well as 30 miles. 70 miles was a bit of a challenge but 30 miles is easy for me, so the question is this: does 70 plus 30 equal 100?
I’ll let you know sometime on Sunday!