Tomorrow’s the Big Race

05.22.2009 | 9:25 am

A Proud-of-Sister Note from Fatty: Be sure to take a look at my sister’s blog post today. In one day, she’s went from $0 to $755 for her LiveStrong Challenge. All by not being afraid to ask people. For those of you who have signed up to be on Team Fatty but haven’t gotten up the courage to start raising funds, take a lesson from Jodi and get started. You’ll be amazed at how generous and helpful people will be when given an opportunity.

A What-We’re-Doing-Makes-A-Difference Note From Fatty: You all know Heather Gilbert as the person who came up with the cool “Cadabra” name for the new Kona bike, and is now giving it away to raise money to fight cancer (it’s not too late for you to enter that contest, by the way: click here to learn more). Well, Heather’s also a doctor who fights cancer full-time, and she just sent me this e-mail:

I [just] had the opportunity to interact professionally with the Lance Armstrong Foundation today. I’ve got an unfunded patient whose cancer has recurred. Her only chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant — which, of course, she can’t afford. The good folks at LAF are going to see if they can help her. They responded immediately to my request and have been incredibly helpful. It was a nice confirmation that the money we are raising is going towards a great cause.

It’s great to be reminded that the money we’re raising is going toward helping people fight cancer right now. And it’s really good to know there are people like Heather who are making this fight their life’s work.

200905220846.jpgTomorrow’s the Big Race

I hope you’ve all been properly tapering and carbo-loading, because tomorrow is the big day: The Second Annual 100 Miles of Nowhere. Personally, I’m pretty nervous about the event, but am hopeful that I will be able to ride my own race, keep my head in the game, and stay focused.

If I do all this, I think it’s possible — probable, even — that I will win the “Fatty’s Upstairs Spare Bedroom” division of the 100 Miles of Nowhere.

Although I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes down to the sprint at the finish.

Prediction for Fastest Time

I’ve been getting email from some participants letting me know what their courses are going to be like. There are some I think are definitely worth sharing.

I think the person who will turn in the fastest time — while simultaneously expending the least energy — will be Erik B, who has programmed his Tacx Fortius T1940 with a course that is downhill for all 100 miles.

A good an conscientious citizen, Erik contacted me asking if this was legal. I of course responded that it is not only legal, but pure genius. I did, however, make the following stipulations:

  1. He must provide a graphic of the simulated elevation profile of his ride, for me to post and mock.
  2. He must provide stats upon completion: top speed, elapsed time, average speed, average heart rate, max heart rate, etc.
  3. He must do at least 25 of the 100 miles in an aero tuck.

Because he will be traveling tomorrow to go to a real race his wife is running, Erik’s downhill-specific heat of the 100 Miles of Nowhere will not begin until Monday. I will be interested in his results.

200905220905.jpgPrediction for Most Dizziness and Nausea

Will Swetnam is a LiveStrong fundraising powerhouse. He’s one of the driving forces behind Cyclists Combating Cancer and is the creator of The Cancer Mosaic.

So when Will heard about the 100 Miles of Nowhere, he had a completely insane idea: Do it in a velodrome. And better yet, get a group of friends together and make it an event.

He got additional sponsors, additional prizes, and even made an additional event t-shirt. Since the local velodrome was already scheduled for tomorrow, the “Superdrome Century: 644 Laps of Lunacy” will be held next week.

I’m looking forward to photos and a race description, and I love the course pre-ride GPS track Will sent me:


Seriously, I can’t even imagine doing a velodrome century. That is going to hurt.

In a completely awesome way.

My Plans

I’m afraid that my own 100 Miles of Nowhere is pretty pedestrian in comparison. I’ll be on my rollers, watching episodes of 24, season 7 I have saved up. And if I get through those, I’ll watch some episodes of BBC’s Robin Hood I’ve downloaded.

From time to time, I will go to the fridge and get something to eat.

Send Me Stuff

I’m sure your plans are more exciting than mine, though. Or maybe they’re not. Either way, post a comment here about your prediction for what your personal 100 Miles of Nowhere race is going to be like.

And make sure you get someone to take pictures of you during the race, write up a brief race report, then send ‘em in. I’ll post a bunch of them over the next several days.

Good luck. I’m sure you’ll win your division.


  1. Comment by Brook Slee | 05.22.2009 | 9:34 am

    Tonight is our ride in Boise. 400 or so laps around the neighborhood block to be shared by friends and family. Grill will be on, and the pits loaded with beer and water. Sounds like about 20 people or more will be riding tonight! Crazy idea, right up our alley.

  2. Comment by Mike Flynn | 05.22.2009 | 9:39 am

    I have to work this weekend so today is my day. I am at the 50 mile point now. First 50 watching Stage 13 of the Giro. Second 50 will start after mowing the lawn, most likely while watching Off Road to Athens and finishing with Dazed and Confused. The bus comes with the three kids at 2:10 so I need to get at it.

  3. Comment by cyclechic | 05.22.2009 | 9:49 am

    My 100 Miles To Nowhere ride will be held at the beach. My family is going camping this weekend so I packed my bike and trainer onto my Coleman camper and will be spending Sunday watching the surfers. I’ve never tried going more than an hour on my trainer without something interesting to watch on the trainer. Maybe I’ll hit lucky and there will be a shark frenzy or something.

  4. Comment by Keith | 05.22.2009 | 9:52 am

    I plan to install 10 more spoke magnets on my front wheel. I should finish the century in about 30 minutes.

    But seriously, Kasia & I are having trouble finding an appropriate venue for this event. By “appropriate”, I mean “strange and/or somewhat unusual”, and not just a loop around our neighborhood.

    I contacted the Marymoor Velodrome about riding there, and was politely “discouraged” (for perfectly valid reasons — there’s a track class that morning, track bikes have priority, etc).

    I also contacted Paine Field about riding laps around the west ramp hangars. This isn’t as crazy as it sounds — I’m a pilot, and we keep our Cessna 182 at Paine Field, in the west ramp hangars. I have a gate cardkey, so I have 24 hour access and can drive around those hangars whenever I want. We were told they are “unable to accommodate our request” for unspecified reasons, although I suspect the main reason rhymes with “tea essay”.

    I wonder how many 1000s of laps it would take around our cul-de-sac to make 100 miles…

  5. Comment by Weiland | 05.22.2009 | 9:52 am

    Packet pick up was a breeze, it was waiting for me on the counter when I got home last night, no lines and no fuss. The best packet pick up I’ve seen at any race I’ve ever done. I’ll be tweeting live from the course @weiland. I suggest the hash tag of #100m2nw in case anybody else is on twitter and will be doing the same. I’ll be posting some photos along the way.

  6. Comment by Redbird74 | 05.22.2009 | 9:58 am

    I’m about to head to bed to rest up for my 100 Miles of Nowhere. I think I’m going to be able to be the Qatar National Champion in this event. I’m heading out at 2:30AM to get after it before the insane desert heat and wind really kicks in. My support team is showing up somewhere around 8:00 or so with breakfast. I’ll be riding a well-lit access road at Losail International Circuit outside of Doha, one mile up to a roundabout and then one mile back – repeat 50 times. I’ll definitely send in some pictures and am looking forward to the celebratory barbecue that is going down at the compound when we get back. The iPod is loaded up and should keep me busy for the 7 or so hours. First ever century for me, what a way to kick this off!

  7. Comment by jt | 05.22.2009 | 9:59 am

    The First Annual 100 Miles to Nowhere (Dobson Ranch edition) will start officially at 7am tomorrow. We should have 10 to 15 riders doing the 4.4 mile loop. It is, of course, fully supported with a start area, 22 fully-staffed Rest Stops, and a Finish area. Post event activities include a BratFest at the finish line and plenty of adult beverage. The weather gods seem to be smiling on us in Phoenix, as tomorrow should be overcast and “cool” (read that, under 100). We’ll send pictures.

  8. Comment by ultrashea | 05.22.2009 | 10:04 am

    I’ll be riding on a 1.8mi loop of closed road (road was built, hasn’t been opened) on the outskirts of town here. Current weather forecast is temperatures in the low-80s, very little wind, possible thunderstorms.

  9. Comment by KitC | 05.22.2009 | 10:08 am

    My plan is pretty mundane too. I’ll start sometime after breakfast, set up the trainer with extra-light resistance and watch the Giro stage on my laptop. I’d like to move the trainer to the driveway or something so that I can watch my kids or just enjoy the sunshine (we’re looking at 58° F temps here tomorrow). Just like Redbird, this will be my first ever century, performed without ever leaving my house. At least it’s for a good cause.

  10. Comment by Bristol_Bull | 05.22.2009 | 10:10 am

    Fort Collins, Colorado contingent will also be getting an early start on this – kick off is at 8pm tonight and due to some unusually good planning (and Netflix) I have a dinosaur themed evening of TV in the basement planned (Godzilla plus all the Jurassic Parks). My dry-run attempt to sprint whenever a dinosaur rampages on the screen worked well for the first five minutes or so – not sure I’ll keep it up for the entire 100 miles though…

  11. Comment by Clydesteve | 05.22.2009 | 10:33 am

    I will be at the Brownsville, Oregon Farmers Market tomorrow morning with my pit crew manning the fundraising booth.

    I already have hometown weekly pre-race coverage, and today the regional daily will come out with a full color article including 3 or 4 photos. The photog told me yesterday they also intend to come out for race coeverage.

    I’m thinking people will donate just to get me to quit sweating on the organic rutabagas.

  12. Comment by GreSam | 05.22.2009 | 10:33 am

    We’re still a week out from the start of our edition of the 100 Miles of Nowhere, the Superdrome Century, and already the excitement is brewing. We’ve arranged the Blue Angel’s flyby, bottle service from the Hawaiian Tropic Bikini Team and bus service from the finish back to the start area with the A-Team.

    As extra prep work I have been making only right hand turns on the way to work and around the office. I figure this will help balance out all the left turns we’ll be making next weekend and stave off any major issues with the aforementioned dizziness.

  13. Comment by RosieRider | 05.22.2009 | 10:36 am

    Hey I was going to watch the BBC’s Robin Hood too, if they have it at the video store. I was also thinking of getting a couple of classic musicals I haven’t seen in awhile. The Unsinkable Molly Brown — it’s set in Denver, Colorado’s close to Utah, Fatty’s in Utah, so it all makes sense. I was hoping to do 75 miles, though now that I see some folks are splitting their miles up with chores, maybe the full century is a possibility . . .

  14. Comment by Lana | 05.22.2009 | 10:36 am

    Well the course is set – after going mountain biking this afternoon, watching the Wings trounce the Blackhawks and (possibly) seeing Star Trek at 11:30pm tonight for the last showing at the IMAX, I will be jumping on the bike to start my ride. A .95 mile figure-8 loop, with my house in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the middle. 105 laps, I will pass the house 210 times. A friend, Bill, is riding ‘bandit’ with me, but since he donated to my Livestrong page, I am allowing him to join in the fun.

    Also, about a half dozen people from my Triathlon club FAST ( going to be riding out to my house (about 60 miles round trip) to encourage me and hopefully make donations.

    What fun insanity! Many pictures will be forthcoming.

  15. Comment by nosferaustin | 05.22.2009 | 10:39 am

    Gee…you guys are making our planned 70+ laps of Sugarhouse Park tomorrow (starting at 7 AM) seem kind of boring…

  16. Comment by Blitz | 05.22.2009 | 10:45 am

    I’m riding in Manhattan, in the “living/dining” room of a tiny apartment. I’m hoping to completely dominate the W85th street/2nd floor division…
    I think I’m going to follow Fatty’s lead and watch a season of something… My wife/pit crew, having read this thread of comments, just told me I had twitter the ride, so feel free to follow @mblitzer if you’re so inclined.

  17. Comment by Di | 05.22.2009 | 10:47 am

    A velodrome century? Omigosh. I have a hard enough time riding on the road….

  18. Comment by tethernaut | 05.22.2009 | 10:48 am

    I just hope the cameramen get a good shot of Antler Man running beside you on a treadmill.

  19. Comment by MikeonHisBike | 05.22.2009 | 11:07 am

    The plans are set for the Marysville WA edition. Start at 5:30am in the living room by watching season 1 of 24. I’ve never seen it before so I thought now would be a good time to start. A neighbor let us borrow the first two seasons so we’ll see just how far we get. My parents who live in CA are betting each other a whole dollar on whether I can do it or not. They are going to lose. I plan on live blogging my event of torture. Good times!

  20. Comment by mikE | 05.22.2009 | 11:10 am

    I’m hoping to take home the Pugsley division (any challengers?). No word yet on a location. I’ll try the Calgary Velodrome but the idea of trying to hop a barbed wire fence with a 43lb bike isn’t too appealing. In any event, I want no stop signs, as those tires can be tough to get rolling.

    I took Monday off to do my ride. Depending on time, I may have to go metric (100km), we’ll see.

    I’m using the event as a training ride for this summer’s Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. I’ll be riding my Pugsley in that ride too (200 km over 2 days) and I’ll be riding the 26×4.0’s in that ride. I’ve raised $6,000 for that event so far and my team of 6 riders is on the verge of eclipsing $20,000.

  21. Comment by Ryan | 05.22.2009 | 11:24 am

    I am planning on riding 125 times around my block tomorrow. My kids are super excited about it and are planning a fundraising lemonade stand in the front yard; hopefully we will attract some attention. I have tried to get a couple of friends to ride with me and they just look at me like I am either stupid or crazy, their loss. I am just brimming with excitement over breaking out the DZ Nuts. Elden you owe me after this one, I have something in mind, I think you will like it.

  22. Comment by Lorie | 05.22.2009 | 11:42 am

    It’ll be me and Elvis riding the trainer tomorrow, bright and early, while watching – yup, you guessed it – some BAD Elvis movies! I intend on the best time EVER for Basement Venue for the Rolla, Missouri area. Catch me if you can!

    I may throw in a few laps up and down the street – just to make my neighbors wonder what I’m up to. They already think I’m a little nutty.

    I have several rest/food stops planned, complete with crew, ending with a BBQ. I can hardly contain my excitement!

  23. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 05.22.2009 | 11:43 am

    Good luck to everyone! You are amazing!

  24. Comment by Rob M. | 05.22.2009 | 11:53 am

    I received my goody package and my race number is 185. Thanks, Clay, it’s a good number. It was worn by George Hicnacapie on US Postal TdF 1999.

    It’s a good omen. I feel confident I will win my division.

    I start tomorrow at 6 am. My bike will be on a trainer and I’ve hooked up a speedometer to the rear wheel for accuracy. I will have a fan for a cooling breeze but I can’t decide if I want a challenging headwind or a helpful tailwind.

    I will dig deep into the suitcase of courage and go with the headwind.

    Good luck to all.

  25. Comment by Trail Dog Craigers | 05.22.2009 | 11:58 am

    My 100 miles will switch back and forth between my Fisher and my indoor trainer. I plan on hitting pavement at around 3:30 A.M. Wisconsin time. Getting a 25 mile loop in, then heading back and getting in another 25 on the trainer before my daughter wakes up and my wife goes to work. While my daughter naps, I’ll get another 25 on the trainer, and when my wife gets home. I’ll finish up with the 25 loop I did earlier in the day. Thanks Fatty for putting this race together. It sure is nice for guys that play Mr. Mom on Saturdays not to have to find a sitter just to do a race.

  26. Comment by Bazzargh | 05.22.2009 | 12:03 pm

    I’ll be in the front room on a Jet Fluid Pro trainer + annoying the neighbours somewhat I guess. Watching some old French/Spanish films – subtitled films are great for when the headphones get too hot. I should finish around the same time as the Giro, so I’ll be joining the sprint for the line.

    I notice there’s a few riders already out there: finished in 2:52, while should be nearly half-way done by now. Of course, being in the UK and still waiting for my Twin Six goodies, I will crush them with my 48h time bonus!

  27. Comment by adam | 05.22.2009 | 12:06 pm

    MikE, A Pugsley?! I’m impressed.

    I think you should be rolling really low pressures (think powder snow) just to add to the hurt.

    good luck.

  28. Comment by Jamieson | 05.22.2009 | 12:17 pm

    I will have to do this as a night race, having to work all three days this weekend.

    Still trying to figure out a venue if it isn’t the trainer. Minimal illumination and potential for trespassing seem to make it feel like a night time alley cat.

  29. Comment by Caren | 05.22.2009 | 12:25 pm

    Anyone going to TWITTER while they race?

  30. Comment by fattyfan | 05.22.2009 | 12:27 pm

    We’re doing the perimeter road around Atlanta Motor Speedway. I’m missing a 300K that I wanted to do the same day, so I might make mine a 300K to Nowhere ride. I say that now. I’ll let you know how it went tomorrow night.

  31. Comment by PeckishCyclist | 05.22.2009 | 12:27 pm

    I’ll be riding indoors in Fog City–on what will undoubtedly be a rare day of perfect weather outside. Had great time this week training on the road for century ride on trainer… Trying to get my kids to help me simulate a “feed zone” tomorrow. At least I’ll be able to post some tweets safely.
    Good luck everyone–

    P.S. I’m happy to report that DZNuts is not a gender-specific product. Thanks for the shwag, Fatty!

  32. Comment by PeckishCyclist | 05.22.2009 | 12:29 pm

    #100MON — hashtag for Twitter tomorrow?

  33. Comment by DallasBikr | 05.22.2009 | 12:29 pm

    Starting to really look forward to the Superdrome Century with Will and Greg, et al. So much that I will be racing there tonight to make sure I have an full and appropriate understanding of “go fast, turn left”

  34. Comment by BikeWife | 05.22.2009 | 12:46 pm

    PeckishCyclist –

    Some folks are already twittering with hashtag #100m2nw

    (Although it looks like 1 person just finished an early race and used #100MON)

  35. Comment by MrTeamPhillips | 05.22.2009 | 1:09 pm

    Mine is a mundane ride too. 31 3.25 laps around a local neighborhood in north Jersey. I’ll be lapping the Alpaca farm clearing my sinuses continuously. (BSNYC readers – these are not the Alpaca’s of the apocalypse …. are they?)

    Clay sent me #131 so apparently I’m a protected rider in this race – making it all the more difficult not to win. I’m hoping to win this local classic but there is some pretty stiff competition out there (e.g. total lack of fitness). Hope to have a couple of friends document the carnage.

  36. Comment by UltraRob | 05.22.2009 | 1:10 pm

    Although I was thinking of using an almost flat course on my CompuTrainer, it hadn’t occurred to me to use an all downhill one. I was going to try setting up at a LBS but I’ve been slacking and will probably just do it in the basement. I also plan to twitter to help pass the time. I’m also UltraRob on twitter.

  37. Comment by Bull Schuck | 05.22.2009 | 1:47 pm

    I will be doing the cul-de-sac in front of my house starting around 7 am tomorrow. The kids are baking cookies and muffins for a bake sale. The neighbors are consulting online psychology texts to determine what flavor of crazy I am. The route stands at .09 miles which may be a bit generous. I expect somewhere between 1111 and 1177 laps.
    Oh, and I’m doubled up, going to the velodrome with Greg, Will, and DallasBikr next weekend. I couldn’t decide between the two opportunities so I signed up for both.

  38. Comment by plum | 05.22.2009 | 1:56 pm

    2:39 and 2:52. We had a blast. Here’s our writeup:

  39. Comment by Patrick | 05.22.2009 | 1:59 pm

    The guys using the velodrome should have half the group go one direction and the other half go the other direction. That should keep them awake and alert.

  40. Comment by Joe Rosario | 05.22.2009 | 2:01 pm

    2 dudes in a garage on rear wheel trainers. A triple play of American Flyers, Breaking Away and Hell on Wheels for our viewing pleasure. Light snacks throughout the day and a post-ride pizza dinner that evening. This is crazy.

  41. Comment by RosieRider | 05.22.2009 | 2:15 pm

    No resistance? Is that legal? Fatty? WHat “OPlum” and his buddy did in the garage? I’m not quite sure how to set that up, but I’m sure going to try to figure it out when I get home tonight. All of a sudden, 100 miles seems possible. Not in under three hours mind you, but still, possible.

  42. Comment by scank | 05.22.2009 | 2:39 pm

    As the weather forecast for Cardiff (Wales) tomorrow is nice and sunny, I’m thinking of ditching the rollers and I now plan to cycle a loop around the block, probably setting off around 8:00am, I shall have a fun day in the saddle wearing my FC cycling jersey.

    As there is a bank holiday in the U.K on Monday I may do it all again but this time backwards!

    Good luck everyone.

  43. Comment by robertkat | 05.22.2009 | 2:45 pm

    Mine will probably be on Sunday. Riding in a circle in my back yard on the MTB. I figure at least 10 hours +. Good times. The velodrome century looks like good fun. I’m going to see about something like that at the local track.

  44. Comment by yeagermeister | 05.22.2009 | 3:01 pm

    Original plan was to use a .33 mile speedway and do 300 or so laps. But we never got in touch with the owners. Then we thought about our Tuesday night training race .8 mile loop. But on weekdays there are tons of people illegally letting their dogs run off-lead, so I can’t imagine what the weekends are like.

    So instead, on Sunday, we’re riding in an office park that’s 3 miles long each direction, but is a D in shape, almost coming back out where it starts. 6 mile loop, 16.6666666666666666666666666666667 times. Pretty close to going nowhere, anyway. And it’s not flat. Woohoo!

  45. Comment by narndt | 05.22.2009 | 3:14 pm

    The local park loop is closed to car traffic until 1pm so I just can’t resist that. 20 laps around “5 mile drive” at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA. I’ll be twittering using #100MON. I’m going for the King of the Mountains classification!!

  46. Comment by John Kelley | 05.22.2009 | 3:18 pm

    I’m going to be diving in San Diego all weekend but I’ll be doing 100 laps of Infinite Loop when I get back next week. GPS should look similar to the Velodrome course :p

  47. Comment by Dobovedo | 05.22.2009 | 3:33 pm

    I’m going to do mine as a “hand-cranked” event. I’m going to put the bike up on the rack, then spin it up to about 75mph, then let it coast down for awhile. Every so often I’ll go give it another crank up. The nice thing about Campy hubs is they roll with zero friction for oh… just about forever.

    My rear wheel may spin 100 miles by the time I’m done, but I’m not getting on it the entire time.

    Not only is it 100 Miles of Nowhere, it’s 100 Miles of NoBody!

    Question is… how fast can I do it? If I can keep it up around 50mph average, I’ll be done in two hours.

  48. Comment by Dunc | 05.22.2009 | 4:09 pm

    Basement ride starting tonight here as well – movies and liquids are lined up and I’m in a state of giddy excitement at cracking open the DZ nuts…

  49. Comment by Aaron | 05.22.2009 | 4:10 pm

    I don’t have a trainer. So my plan is to ride around my backyard in a circle. Should be well over 1000 laps. Trouble is, it’s rainy in Tucson this weekend. I may have to delay.

  50. Comment by USAFANARC | 05.22.2009 | 4:22 pm

    My wife decided to go out of town this weekend with the girls and leave me at home with my two year old daughter (with my permission, of course, because I am the king of this castle…don’t tell my wife I said that). So, I will be doing my 100 miles on my trainer every time my two year old goes to sleep. So, at noon tomorrow, I’ll ride for two hours while she naps and then finish the ride when she goes to bed at 8:00 pm. I was going to put her in the trailor behind me, but the trainer scares her.

  51. Comment by MarkS | 05.22.2009 | 5:09 pm

    Out and back from Vegas to Indian Springs, the town past the Nevada Test Site. Turn around point is the gas station with the best fried chicken lunch around. I think I have the highway to nowhere division locked up.

  52. Comment by BamaJim | 05.22.2009 | 5:35 pm

    Planning on 63 laps of a 1.6 mile loop in the neighborhood, starting at 4:00 am. Like lots of others, I’m working around some real life events tomorrow as well.

    I’ve checked the course out – rest stops have nice clean toilets with minimal lines, and the aid station is well stocked and the staff is very friendly.

  53. Comment by Shane Emmons | 05.22.2009 | 6:54 pm

    I’ll be riding Sunday, after watching the ‘Tour de Frankenmuth’ here in town. Then I go down to the basement and watch ‘The Tour Baby’ I & II and ‘Cobbles Baby’ while I ride my rollers. I’m sure I throw Alien and Aliens in there too.

  54. Comment by msykes | 05.22.2009 | 7:03 pm

    I ate 6 big cookies today in preparation for the race. I’m thinking I should probably go eat some more cookies!

  55. Comment by Videographer | 05.22.2009 | 7:59 pm

    100 laps of a couple of blocks of my neighborhood. Hey, my course even includes a hill! So it’s about 25% up, 50% flat, and 25% down. Kinda like a REAL ride.

  56. Comment by Leslie | 05.22.2009 | 8:08 pm

    I did my race last week, as tomorrow wouldn’t work with my schedule. I went up and down my block — a loop of 1.38 miles. Several people said they would join me and keep me company, but only one showed up. I started at 5:15am, and finished at 11:30am, and did 56.09 miles — obviously I wasn’t going for the land speed record! I did scare a bobcat out of my yard when I went out in the morning though. I elected to make it a 56 mile ride to nowhere when the temperature went over 90 — it was getting really hot! However, I had a great time and got lots of questions from my neighbors, so I got to talk up the Lance Armstrong Foundation a lot. Next year, I will find a few more people to do it with me.

  57. Comment by LuckyLab | 05.22.2009 | 8:11 pm

    I’m psyched. I begged enough money off people to set myself riding 176 miles, at $5 per mile. They voted and I’m riding a .16-mile loop. We’ll see how well I do. The iPod is going to be very necessary.

  58. Comment by Peter | 05.22.2009 | 8:54 pm

    I’m going the route of the Tour de Donut. Using their rules, I’ll be taking a five minute time bonus for every donut consumed during the ride. In true Fatty fashion, I’m aiming for a sub-zero time. Let’s see…100 miles @ 20mph = 300 minutes. 300 minutes/5 = 60 donuts. So, all I need to do is eat 5 dozen donuts while maintaining a 20mph pace for 5 hours. Piece of cake! Mmm…cake……

  59. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 05.22.2009 | 9:10 pm

    160km on the turbo trainer in the garage. Waving to passersby who stare. well, by the end I might not be waving.

    I hope I dont get passed on the line.

    Good luck to everyone.

  60. Comment by Charisa | 05.22.2009 | 9:55 pm

    Soooo excited for the big day tomorrow! I wore my shirt today to prep. I can’t wait to see everyone’s profiles!!

  61. Comment by Bisso | 05.22.2009 | 10:23 pm

    woo hoo, its the 23rd ofmay here in Oz- 2:20pm in fact and after 5 and a fair bit hours i have wrapped it up.

    too tired to type more or spel correctly. good luck, you can all do it if i made it

    go hard and win!

  62. Comment by slowguy | 05.22.2009 | 10:46 pm

    Canton, Ga will have a 2 day stage race.

    Saturday – I have the kid. He will sit in his Flipper bike seat while we ride 20 on the Silver Comet.

    Sunday: Single speed at Blanket’s Creek Mosquito flats
    Sunday later – Road bike in school parking lot.

    If it rains: into the basement I go.

  63. Comment by eber | 05.22.2009 | 11:13 pm

    mine is going to hurt. looping pt of the mtn and suncrest 5 or 6 times (“whatever it takes”). postponing till Monday though. going to endure even worse pain tomorrow by taking my boys for an all day adventure at the world famous Lagoon!


  64. Comment by SeanB | 05.22.2009 | 11:23 pm

    I’ll be riding a stationary bike at the HealthPark in Owensboro, KY Saturday morning, thinking of the FatCyclist faithful, Susan, my grandma and a co-worker, who is training to ride in the Austin Livestrong Challenege, 2 1/2 yrs in recovery from breast cancer. Yeah!

  65. Comment by Slonie | 05.23.2009 | 12:55 am

    Gearing up for the 100 laps of Infinite Loop (should end up a metric century) in Cupertino, by eating lots of cookies…

  66. Comment by Redbird74 | 05.23.2009 | 2:19 am

    Just finished up my 100 Miles of Nowhere here in Qatar in the Persian Gulf. Started at 3:00am to avoid the 40C (104F) heat that eventually showed up. Ride went better than I expected and I had a great support team. Finished in 6.5 hours including rest stops. Great day! Feels good to be the Qatari National Champion (and possibly the Gulf regional champ)!

  67. Comment by TXBuckeye | 05.23.2009 | 8:21 am

    Hey! I recognize that velodrome. It’s about 1/200th of century from my driveway. I may have to stop by and show some support for the Superdrome crazies.

  68. Comment by Travis | 05.23.2009 | 8:34 am

    haven’t long finished my 161.93km (100 miles) in the Beer Garden of a local Pizza place. Got some very strange looks from people seeing this very sweaty body on the Turbo in the corner (was 36c today)
    Finish to a round of applause…and was promptly asked is this an annual thing??

  69. Comment by Travis | 05.23.2009 | 8:35 am

    sorry, forgot to say… 5hr 21min

  70. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 05.23.2009 | 8:44 am

    I am so bummed I didn’t sign up for this. Crap!

  71. Comment by Pedalpink | 05.23.2009 | 9:03 am

    We will be competing today in the tandem division (Fatty – I hope that doesn’t mean we need to do 200 miles). We’ll have photo’s soon on Twitter #100m2nw. Setting up at a local park hoping to raise money for Lance Armstrong Foundation. Look for us in Austin!

  72. Comment by buckythedonkey | 05.23.2009 | 9:28 am

    Peter, Tom, Colin and Charlie completed the 100 Miles of Nowhere in the Inner Circle of Regents Park in London today.

  73. Comment by Frank | 05.23.2009 | 12:23 pm

    Just finished the Edinburgh, Scotland, my-spare-room 100 miler on my turbo – I won:-) Never done 100 before, it was less painful than I’d imagined, so need to go faster next year….

    Keep up the good works everyone!

  74. Comment by Dunc | 05.23.2009 | 12:46 pm

    Just completed (and won) the Northern Colorado Over-38, Under-40 stuck-in-the-basement category in 5 hours and 21 minutes. A bit disappointed by the size of the crowd along the way but I was felt I was gracious in my post-race press conference hosted by my dog.

  75. Comment by Mark | 05.23.2009 | 1:25 pm

    I won the “Central Kentucky Brand New, Never Before Ridden, RANS CF Recumbent Division”… Great way to break-in a new bike. I was very comfy :)

  76. Comment by slowguy | 05.23.2009 | 1:29 pm

    Finished Stage One of the Canton, Ga 100 Miles to Nowhere. I am in first place by a huge margin. My 3 year old is in 2nd. He tried to beat me in a sprint to the finish… but I held him off. ( he was sitting in the seat behind me otherwise he had a chance.)

    Tomorrow is the mtn bike loop and the parking lot loop.

    I hope I can hold the yellow jersey until the end.

  77. Comment by Angie G | 05.23.2009 | 2:34 pm

    Fatty- Is Heather’s patient by chance getting her BMT at Stanford Hospital in CA? I ask because my brother and sister in law have a foundation (The Fattal Foundation) that provides financial assistance to patients receiving BMT at Stanford. My sister in law received a BMT after her Hodgkins returned. If so I know the Fattal Foundation can help with financial assistance for her. Please have Heather email me if the foundation can help.

    PS I finished the Eagle Lake 100 with a sprint finish just missing a rattle snake sunning himself. I was so ecstatic at finishing I didn’t see the little booger. I looked right into his beedy, slimy eyes, and swerved in time to miss the obnoxious rattles at the end of his tail. Ha! But my finish was still glorious.

  78. Comment by Rob M. | 05.23.2009 | 2:41 pm

    I just finished my first race, ever. It started with a visit from drug control and we played Simon Says. I won.

    Then I rode the 100 miles on my trainer and obeyed all the rules including the mandatory rest stops and naps. You never get to see that on the Pro Tour because, I think, the commercials are well placed to allow the riders to stop and walk around and rest.

    I was almost passed at the sprint finish. Don’t try an air pump to your competitor’s front wheel on a trainer. It doesn’t work.

    I had to resort to logic. I told him that, since there were only two of us, I would tell everyone that I came in second but that he came in next to last.

    It took a while for him to understand the mathmatics but then he quickly abandoned.

    I won my division.

  79. Comment by Joe Rosario | 05.23.2009 | 3:42 pm

    Just finished the Freewheel Rumble on Ridgewood and unfortunately finished first loser. 2 stationary trainers without resistance in my garage while watching Hell on Wheels and Breaking Away. My buddy beat me by almost 30 minutes but then I discovered he was a “bandit” rider! He hadn’t paid for the ride, so he was riding the course for free. That equals DQ in my book so I am in fact Champion of the Masters/Clydesdales division. Time for pizza! Our numbers: 2:57, 34.9, 69.4 and 3:27, 28.8, 51.8.

  80. Comment by Joe Rosario | 05.23.2009 | 4:34 pm

    Posted ride review in the forum:

  81. Comment by MarkS | 05.23.2009 | 6:46 pm

    The Las Vegas edition just finished on a modified course through a retirement community. 8 mile loops with 800 ft of climbing followed by 800 ft of rapid decent per loop, with an few extra climbing sprint bonuses thrown in to keep the field together. Even ran into a student of mine, who is a Cat 2 racer who was impressed I was on my 7th climb in that loop (Villa Ridge).

  82. Comment by fattyfan | 05.23.2009 | 7:41 pm

    We rocked the Atlanta Motor Speedway. 110 miles, 2.2 miles per lap, rain, headwinds, and a total blast! Discovered after the fact that one direction was much faster than the other. Wish I had known that about 40 laps sooner.

  83. Comment by Raleigh 2 50 | 05.23.2009 | 9:44 pm

    My husband and I rode what we refer to as the Raleigh 2 50 (two people each riding 50 miles on a staionary bike). We traded off turns — I started by riding 20 miles, then he rode 20, then 15 each, then another 15 each. Tag team bicycling to nowhere! Yea us!!

    Now if we can just get out of bed tomorrow …

  84. Comment by RosieReader | 05.23.2009 | 9:54 pm

    I took the over 47 under 49 female division on Queen Anne in Seattle in 3:45. Thanks for the tip about setting the trainer to minimum resistance. Otherwise, I think I would have faded at 50. Hey, I’ve got to find a real-life trick that works the same way in 15 months.

    How do we submit our stats for our certs?

  85. Comment by christy478 | 05.23.2009 | 11:35 pm

    While MarkS was showing the good people in Summerlin how to go nowhere (wow, Villa Ridge!!!), my best friend and I did our 100 miles in Southern Highlands on a 3 mile triangle course. The people walking their dogs didn’t know what to think as they were helping us count laps in the morning but they seemed to disappear as the afternoon wore on – must’ve been the Las Vegas heat and certainly not us…

    Happy to say we have become pros at making right hand turns and celebrated our different age group wins with a victory toast of iced coffee and popsicles afterwards. =)

    Pictures and link to GPS to follow soon.

  86. Comment by kvigor | 05.24.2009 | 12:29 am

    That SUCKED. Fatty, you’re a proper loon for coming up with this madness. Planned to ride laps of Liberty Park but life intervened and did it the old fashioned way, which is to say on the trainer in my basement listening to angry music and saying very unpleasant things.

    Three hours 47 min of delight, it was, and one thing I learned is that DZ-nutz is no Bag Balm, no sir it is not.

    // winner, Kevin’s basement division.

  87. Comment by Keith | 05.24.2009 | 12:37 am

    I’d like to nominate my wife Kasia for the “Most Puke Left on the Sammamish River Trail” award. She ate something during the ride that didn’t sit well with her — she puked 3 times during the ride, twice on the way home, and 4 or 5 times after getting home. She made it very clear that there will be NO such hair-brained century rides in our future.


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