If resting is a good prep for a century, then I should be all set. Work and family duties have kept me off the bike all week. I’ve managed to retape my handlebars and buy some energy food. Apart from that, there’s not been much prep work, I’m afraid.
As always, I was keen to learn of the route I would be traveling. The ride doesn’t offer that information in advance, so some detective work was required. I found the above route on MapMyRide under the encouraging name of “Reston Century 2010 Long.” It seems like the right route, since it starts in Reston Town Center and uses the W&OD Trail, which I know to be the case for the first part of the course.
It should be in the low 70s when we start at 7:30 AM. Humidity should be high as afternoon thunderstorms are possible (60% chance). When I finish up at around 2:30, it should be near 90 degrees. Drink, drink, drink!
There are three Category 5 climbs. These are the least significant climbs, but I believe any hill worthy of being put into a category merits my attention. Two of them are worryingly close together, near the halfway point. I’m pretty sure I will have something to write about those on Sunday evening!
The ride won’t have a mass start, probably because the trail is so narrow and they would prefer avoiding a traffic jam at the start. The ride has mailed me an advance packet which contains a colored band to put around my wrist and two $10 coupons at local bike stores (neat!). Supposedly, I just show up, present my bracelet, pick up my cue sheets, and I’m on my way. Upon my return, I will get my ride T-Shirt and enjoy a meal at the post-ride party.
Until then, adios and good pedaling to you!