100 Miles of Nowhere Race Report: Unbelievably Awesome Video from Noodleator Division

06.18.2013 | 9:52 am

A Note from Fatty: JaneenThe Noodleator — makes amazing photos, videos, and words for a living. She’s done a few 100 Miles of Nowhere videos, and they are amazing. This year’s edition, I think, is my very favorite. 

Watch it now.

Janeen’s Notes From the Ride

Since I’ve backed myself into a corner with the one-uping myself for 100MoN, this year I thought I’d do something a little different that could serve as my ‘this is my last one’ retirement Nowhere.

So I found a road. In Colorado. Called Nowhere Road. Brain clicked. It made perfect sense to ride 5x 100 miles of nowhere to nowhere. Road. :)

Some quick facts

Rider: Janeen
Bike: Peanut Butter
Team: PB+J

What kind of centuries?

They were out-and-back centuries. Why? Because I was by myself and had to be able to get my car to the next century.

How did I get from one place to another?

It went like this: Drive to start. Sleep in a hotel. Get up, ride a century. Get back to the car. Drive to the start of the next (eat something on the way or stop if time). Sleep. Rinse. Repeat.

What was the hardest part?

Not the riding. That was actually the fun part. Driving and sleep were the issues. For example, I had a 7.5 hour drive to Cedar City from Fallon which only gave me 4 hours sleep that night before doing the Cedar Breaks century (which was the hardest). That was immediately followed by a 5.5 hr drive to Moab after a very long day in the saddle, which again only allowed for 4 hours sleep before the Moab century.

Any injuries?

5 centuries in 5 days was not without consequences. I felt great. The fittest I’ve been in a long time. I could have easily gone out and banged out a 6th century on day 6 had it not been for some compression damage to my ulnar nerve, which caught up to me on the last day. Left hand numbness, and only now, 17 days later with no riding, has the numbness and tingling in two fingers begun to get better. Nerves is crazy!


Amazing experience. Fantastic adventure! I’m glad I did it.


  1. Comment by Mark in Bremerton | 06.18.2013 | 10:02 am

    Well, that pretty much trumps my story (and any of the others I’ve seen so far). Amazing effort! Is RAAM next?

  2. Comment by Daniel Weise | 06.18.2013 | 10:09 am

    WOW! WOW!!! Not only bad ass for doing 5 centuries back to back to back to back to back, but doing it self supported and hundreds of miles apart on consecutive days. Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hang my head in recognition that my effort significantly pales by comparison.

  3. Comment by Jim Tolar | 06.18.2013 | 10:20 am

    Ah, welcome back Noodleator! If the truth were known, it is really your first video that caused me to start the 100MilesToNowhere (Dobson Ranch Edition) 5 years ago. Sure, Fat-man came up with the 100 Miles to Nowhere idea, but your excellent interpretation made it a must-do for me.
    Thank you for sharing your stories. You are awesome.


  4. Comment by Pari | 06.18.2013 | 10:24 am

    I bet your famous belt buckle that you will do something so ‘’stupid” again. You anyway evolved concept of 100 MoN to higher level, you will just call event differently…Amazing project…

  5. Comment by Christina | 06.18.2013 | 10:26 am

    “Fitness and stubbornness.” Excellent. We need that on the next 100 MoN shirt.

    Dear Janeen,

    Please don’t retire. Your videos capture this crazy event better than anything. You don’t have to top next year…just do next year. It will be fabulous.


  6. Comment by VA Biker | 06.18.2013 | 10:31 am

    That was great! Thanks for sharing the experience. I just love the style of the video. Each ride is kinda the same, but way different.

  7. Comment by Brian in VA | 06.18.2013 | 10:36 am

    Fitness and stubbornness indeed!

    Janeen, watching your video filled me with envy for the beautiful scenery, awe at your abilities, and caused me to weep at my own weeniness…..I’ve done 3 centuries to date, each one getting better yet knowing I’d be strapped to do them back to back.

    Please don’t retire! You’re awesome!

  8. Comment by SteveB | 06.18.2013 | 10:45 am

    Two words: Compelling, Awesome.

    nope, three: Inspirational.

    Loved the music.

  9. Comment by roan | 06.18.2013 | 10:46 am

    Janeen, I’ll echo the 7 comments before mine.

    Have you cycled completely around OZ ?

  10. Comment by MikeB | 06.18.2013 | 11:00 am

    Brilliant! So clever and well done. Good job and thanks for sharing!

  11. Comment by Lisa | 06.18.2013 | 11:09 am

    JANEEN! Wooo, what an inspiration. I was doing the Central Oregon 500 2 weeks ago (5 days of 100+ miles a day) I was unable to do all 5 due to someone thinking I need to work for a living, but the 3 days (fully supported and with other riders to draft with) were hard enough. You are a superhero…hands down.

  12. Comment by Dave T | 06.18.2013 | 11:29 am

    Wow that was awesome. I love your videos.

  13. Comment by BigShorty | 06.18.2013 | 11:52 am

    When i grow up I want to be as tough as Noodle.

    Amazing, simply amazing!

  14. Comment by barton | 06.18.2013 | 12:10 pm

    Thanks to “Peanut Butter.” Truer words were never spoken. Great video, amazing riding!

    Definitely Wonder Woman.

    And glad the nerves healing just fine!

  15. Comment by Jenni | 06.18.2013 | 12:32 pm

    There is absolutely NO way you are retiring, if I have to lead the charge myself and help raise the money that will guilt you into doing it, you are not retiring. We will peer pressure the hell out of you into something more ridiculous. And I’ve already got my ideas brewing for what I’d propose.

    Absolutely brilliantly badass. I bow to your awesome.

  16. Comment by Stef | 06.18.2013 | 12:36 pm

    Superb. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for next year. Wink.wink.

  17. Comment by yannb | 06.18.2013 | 12:50 pm

    All I can say is: ‘Nicely done and amazing!!!!’

  18. Comment by Corrine | 06.18.2013 | 1:12 pm

    Fit and Stubborn. I love that. You definitely are both! You are my heroine. I know you say you are retired now but we’ll see what you say next spring. Great job and a great video. I love your videos!! Puts mine to shame:


  19. Comment by chtrich | 06.18.2013 | 1:29 pm

    Hey there Fatty – Happy Birthday!!!

  20. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 06.18.2013 | 1:34 pm

    AWESOME simply AWESOME!!!!!

    Truth be told, it’s the one story I wait all year to read. Thank you for the past stories and the ones to come.

  21. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 06.18.2013 | 1:41 pm

    Davis Livestrong Team:

    It looks like a smaller crowd this year, and I hear the King and Queen do not arrive till Saturday. I will bring pie for Sunday, but it looks like we are on our own for Friday night.

    I would like to get a Pie Chart of attendees so I can start defrosting the leftover pies from last year. (Oh! W.#1 says there all gone)
    There will still be pie, but I would like to get some idea of how many to bring. Let me know here or at Homerhouserugs at yahoo dot com

  22. Comment by John (Arizona Guy) | 06.18.2013 | 1:49 pm

    I have a new hero! What a stellar effort and video.

  23. Comment by SteveB | 06.18.2013 | 4:10 pm

    @davidh-marin,ca or we can just mail each other through the livestrong team site…

  24. Comment by New Zealand EV | 06.18.2013 | 4:56 pm

    What an awesome and amazing effort!!!!! You should come and ride the length of both islands here in New Zealand. If I can get enough time off work i would join you.

    Please do not retire as I just love your videos!!!!

  25. Comment by CMantooth | 06.18.2013 | 5:13 pm

    let me just say how great the quote, “but I don’t think I’m stupid so I’m not entering that into the equation” is to me!

  26. Comment by Patrick Mitchell | 06.18.2013 | 6:19 pm

    Amazing! Huge physical achievement and a great movie.


  27. Comment by Tracy | 06.18.2013 | 7:25 pm

    Janeen’s 2009 video was my introduction to the 100MoN. She made it seem so cool, I wanted in!. But I didn’t manage to sign up until this year. And rode my 30×3.36-mile loop a week after the race reports started appearing. And there’s no way I’m submitting a race report of my own now, following this piece of awesomeness. Hats off! I hope you come to your senses about retiring. Simply wonderful.

  28. Comment by Davidh-Marin,ca(not that one) | 06.18.2013 | 7:32 pm

    @Corrine. You sell yourself way too short!!!!! That video, and that effort is awesome! I know that road and it does go on forever. But like “more cowbell” we need more stats. Climbing? Strava link? Our desire for numbers in boundless.

    Great job to you and Eric. Next year Arctic Circle? Chena Hot Springs? North Pole edition? We await.

  29. Comment by BamaJim | 06.18.2013 | 8:02 pm

    Great stuff, both rides and video/writeup. The bar is definitely raised.

  30. Comment by Fred | 06.18.2013 | 8:15 pm

    I think somebody owes Ms. Noodle four more T-shirts.

    I’m on board for a donation to the Noodle’s 2014 “They Bribed Me Out of Retirement Edition – 100 MoN.”

    We’re okay with a simple 100 miles, as long as we get 5 minutes of good video out of it.

  31. Comment by rich | 06.18.2013 | 8:41 pm

    Wow…..just wow!!!

  32. Comment by Lish | 06.18.2013 | 8:54 pm

    Absolutely inspiring

  33. Comment by Noodle | 06.18.2013 | 9:56 pm

    Just got home from an all day shoot and saw all these lovely comments. Glad you all enjoyed the vid! Who knows if the retirement will stick?

    But wow, how could I forget to add the Strava evidence?! lol My least favorite day was Day 3. I have never done a climb that strava rates HC. It was the most horrible climb of my life. I paperboy-ed a lot of the top part. Anyway, stat hogs have at it!
    100 Miles of High – http://app.strava.com/activities/56293116
    100 Miles of Lonely – http://app.strava.com/activities/56516099
    100 Miles of Breaks – http://app.strava.com/activities/56728520
    100 Miles of Monuments – http://app.strava.com/activities/56877356
    100 Miles of Nowhere – http://app.strava.com/activities/57025639

  34. Comment by Al Pastor | 06.18.2013 | 10:25 pm

    How the heck did she do laundry – or was there a really stinky pile of FC jerseys at the end of the road?

    Someone that crazy won’t stay retired.

  35. Comment by Sylvia | 06.18.2013 | 10:45 pm

    Again, WOW.

  36. Comment by Uni-Tom | 06.18.2013 | 11:20 pm

    The Noodle Rocks!!! What an epic way to retire. It was your first video that got me over the edge to try the 100 MoN, and after completing it on a unicycle, believe me I understand the concept of retirement. Never again. Probably.

  37. Comment by Nancy_in_MN | 06.19.2013 | 7:09 am

    Always a fun report, always something new. You rock, Ms. Noodle!

  38. Comment by daddystyle | 06.19.2013 | 8:37 am

    And I thought 500km during Bike To Work Week was awsome, Stellar effort,an Epic adventure

  39. Comment by leroy | 06.19.2013 | 9:03 am

    My dog showed me your video without the sound and hit me up for a $10 donation to help you get a shorter commute.

    I think I’ve been had.

  40. Comment by @girojenny | 06.19.2013 | 10:11 am

    YES! What everyone else has said about the amazingly fit & talented Janeen! This can’t be it – maybe a Fatty rides with The Noodleator 100MoN next year? I would pay extra to sit on their wheels and listen to the banter.

  41. Comment by Hammer/Lisa | 06.19.2013 | 1:14 pm

    You are my hero!!

  42. Comment by Jeff Bike | 06.19.2013 | 3:48 pm

    When someone says “it’s not that I’m insane, I’m really not” we all worry about them a little. But when they do something fantastic and they have demonstrated pure genius. We know they are truly one of the elite humans. To be reaching way above the rest of us is not insane, it is a gift.
    Some would say she is insane but only when they can’t understand the motivation greatness.


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