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Reston Century 2012
CREATED: 08/21/12 by dsdiver09 REPLIES: 19
dsdiver09's ravatar dsdiver09    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 18
Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/21/12 2:58 PM

Anyone doing the Reston Century this Sunday, Aug. 26? Riders can select from routes of approximately 34, 65, and 103 miles. Advanced registration is closed but on-site is still available the day of for $60. Event Info:

http://www.restonbikeclub.org/restoncentury/

So far I only know of myself and one other from DC Tri going out for the full century...

Lance140pt6    JOINED: 12/2/11    POSTS: 38
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/21/12 3:02 PM

It looks really confusing on the website. Kind of like, show up register and start the century whenever? "Register from 6:30-9:00 and the century riders must start by 9:00". Is that correct? or is there a formal start for everyone per se? I'd like to do it being that I have a long ride planned sunday and I live across the street from town center, but I'd like to have a larger group to ride it with.

Is it as loose and informal as it looks? Or will there be some structure to it?

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1267
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/21/12 3:43 PM

There is no structure. It is more informal than you think :) You show up and start whenever you feel like it. Get the race mentality out of your head. No one will say "go". No one will say "stop". You can follow the cue sheet or the arrows on the street. The arrows are pretty good. They are color coded to the distance that you want to ride.

In the past when groups are formed, it is formed by friends or club members to start together at a designated time. There will be tons of riders on the street. Just follow the cyclists in front of you. There will be folks in front of you and behind you all day since everyone starts at different time. I would suggest that if you are doing the full century that you start as early as possible since the most riders there are going less.

Tuan

Lance140pt6    JOINED: 12/2/11    POSTS: 38
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/21/12 3:53 PM

Ok, so at the risk of sounding like a bandit (which I'm not), why would I pay $60 for this? Other than having a few rest stops with food, drinks etc which I can get for $3 at the local 7-Eleven?

Doesn't really sound all that great. Am I missing something?

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1267
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/21/12 4:12 PM

You are not missing anything. It's how all of the century rides that I've done, work. They all follow the same format. The only difference is the route and the food.

$60 is for walk up registration. Had you done this earlier, I think is was $35-ish (or cheaper). There are lots and lots and lots of good food and refreshments on the course. All the ice cream, drinks, food, and etc that you can jam into your body at the end. The finish area food set up is pretty good ... at least pretty good after you've worked up an appetite after 100+ miles.

They are doing this to raise money, not to break even. Is $60 too expensive? That's like asking if the Ironman gives you enough for your $700 registration fees :)

I personally think that the original early sign up price is a great value. The walk up fee is not such a good value ... just my opinion, but that's like many races that you decide to sign up late for or airline tickets that you purchase. Snoozers always pay more :)

It's a fun ride though. Definitely worth doing, especially if you can recruit people to ride with you. I've used it for 2 of my IMs training rides in the past. It breaks up the same ol same ol that you've been doing.

Tuan

gabroe's ravatar gabroe    JOINED: 8/27/10    POSTS: 67
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/21/12 4:15 PM

I'm doing it, I am planning to start early.

To answer your question Lance, I've done it 3 times already and I always think I will do it without paying but I always do anyway (stupid conscience), there is a t-shirt and food at the end, but to be honest I barely eat and I never use the t-shirt, so yes you are basically paying 60 bucks for gatorade.

Lance140pt6    JOINED: 12/2/11    POSTS: 38
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/21/12 7:04 PM

"You are not missing anything. It's how all of the century rides that I've done, work. They all follow the same format. The only difference is the route and the food."

You should make the trip out to Texas one year and do Hotter than Hell 100. Awesome ride. About 45,000 riders, F-16's fly over and it's go time. Your seeded by estimated finish time/speed and it's a semi staggered start but it's a blast.

courtr26's ravatar courtr26    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 116
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/22/12 7:58 AM

I'm doing it and did this ride a few years ago. It's great once you get off the trail. I would start early if you are doing the full century b/c you will have less people to deal with.
I sign up for these centuries b/c they are supported, people are around if you need help and simply for motivation that I paid for it and I HAVE to make myself get out of bed to get in my long ride. :)

If you show up as a bandit, I would advise not stopping for food etc. You will most likely get some evil looks. Everyone has to have a wrist band to show they paid too that we received in the mail.

Lance140pt6    JOINED: 12/2/11    POSTS: 38
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/22/12 8:11 AM

Thanks.....no, definitely do not plan on banditing it. I believe in supporting the races especially for good causes and would pay if I'm going to do the entire century. This is just a nice chunk of my planned route for Sunday's long ride (with the exception of about 30 miles of it) so was just curious how organized it was/is.

Mccluer's ravatar Mccluer    JOINED: 5/3/12    POSTS: 30
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/22/12 12:52 PM

I'm in, signed up early, looking to start at 0630. I have no expectations except to have a route to follow for 103 miles, so will have fun no matter what. Looking to carpool with someone, i am in Pentagon City.

dsdiver09's ravatar dsdiver09    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 18
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/23/12 9:01 AM

6:30AM start sounds good. I have extra room and can pick you up, Megan.

Anyone else wanting to do the full 103 with us, I'll have a DC Tri Club jersey on so look for us at the RTC Pavilion at 6:30AM and we'll clip in and head off as soon as I pay my $60....

gabroe's ravatar gabroe    JOINED: 8/27/10    POSTS: 67
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/23/12 9:11 AM

I'll be there, I'll look for the DC tri jersey.

Lance140pt6    JOINED: 12/2/11    POSTS: 38
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/23/12 9:19 AM

what kind of pace are you guys shooting for? Still debating!

gabroe's ravatar gabroe    JOINED: 8/27/10    POSTS: 67
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/23/12 9:25 AM

I was thinking 18 to 20 avg and making three stops at 25, 50 and 75 (maybe one more if there is another station somewhere in the middle)

dsdiver09's ravatar dsdiver09    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 18
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/23/12 10:14 AM

Sounds like a great plan, I'm onboard for that.

courtr26's ravatar courtr26    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 116
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/23/12 11:02 AM

I'll try to be there at 6:30am to start with you all! That pace sounds good.

Courtney

JayC101's ravatar JayC101    JOINED: 2/27/11    POSTS: 103
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/23/12 11:40 AM

I am going to try and be there as well.

eric guzmanaalv's ravatar eric guzmanaalv    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 140
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/23/12 12:47 PM

Im in too Ill try to be there to 6:30 so I can stay behind the wheel of all you Vietnamese Royalty does ... the way I see it is 40 dollars for a supported all you can eat ride they never run out of food

Eric

mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1655
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/24/12 8:50 AM

Expect a pretty steep set of hills around mile 60, and if you're not in good shape the final miles on the unshaded trail can be tough.

mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1655
RE: Reston Century 2012
POSTED: 8/24/12 8:50 AM

Expect a pretty steep set of hills around mile 60, and if you're not in good shape the final miles on the unshaded trail can be tough.

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