100 Miles of Nowhere Race Report: Winner of the Recumbent-on-Rollers-in-Garage Division

02.19.2016 | 9:42 am

A Note from Fatty: The first 100 Miles of Nowhere was just me, by myself, watching TV, riding the rollers and losing my mind. So whenever anyone ventures to try this method of riding 100 miles, well, they’ve got my respect. And when they can write a funny, engaging story about it —Like Christina S-B here has — they’ve got my admiration. Enjoy!

My first 100 MoN was completed in 2011 by riding around Frontier Park over and over and over. There was a point where my son, Thomas, wanted to join me, so we rode around the parking lot. He was still riding with training wheels, which seems like forever ago.

Lining up for a high-five

I did the same in 2012 and 2013, completing them all with a little bit of sadness that it was finally over, with a definite bit of “why am I doing this” for miles 35-70.

This year, though, things were different.

The ride is usually set for late spring/early summer, but this year it was placed on November 7. “No problem!” I thought. “Maybe I’ll finally ride it on rollers.”

Folks, let me tell you- I feel like, in my 36 years, I’ve made a lot of dumb decisions, but this seems like the dumbest of all.

It started off innocently enough:


But a few minutes in, the wiggling on the trike was out of control. My husband came in and made wheel chocks from logs and rope, while we also zip tied the brakes.

There was no point during this ride where I felt great. In fact, I felt pretty horrible the entire time.

Things that made the ride tolerable:

Inspired to Ride

The free link to watch this beautifully done movie was wonderful. Inspired to Ride is a documentary about the Trans Am Bike Race, a totally unsupported ride across America. If you have ever bike toured, there are so many familiar moments to watching this. There are professionals, who make it across the US in 17 days (that’s insane), but in the film they are sitting at gas stations eating ice cream cones, just like I’ve done plenty of times on statewide tours.

I’ll admit I cried during the film. Early on in the film, they talk with a couple of people who are just riding the route, not racing. One of them is a Vietnam Veteran and he captures long distance riding perfectly.


I got hooked on Carborocket’s performance blend thanks to a previous 100 MoN swag bag. I used it exclusively during my marathon and it’s the only thing I can drink and drink that allows me to go without crippling my GI system.

During this year’s ride, I decided to eat a blend of things.

That was a horrifically awful decision.

I was not doing well and I started digging though my bag and found these:

They both calmed my stomach and loosened my legs. I only wish I had a whole bottle.

Social Media

It became apparent to me, around the 50-mile mark, that I was struggling in a way I have never struggled on a ride. On rollers, every mile is earned. There is no coasting. Those numbers only go up if the pedals are moving.

That’s torture!

I put out the plea for help on social media in the evening and got back awesome responses from my friends. I received pictures, videos, inspirational quotes and maybe, more importantly, plain ol’ belief in me, which I didn’t have at that time.

Thanks, friends, for cheering. There’s no way I would have completed it without you.

The Scary Part

There was a point where the sun had gone down. I had just switched my movie on Netflix and I was pedaling along.

Then a giant loud noise started from behind the tool chest and I nearly threw up from fear.

It was the air compressor, which was still plugged in and decided it needed to charge.

I had made my peace with the air compressor that it was only an air compressor and not something evil waiting to attack me.

Then the garage went dark.

I sprinted, flat sprinted to the house. I don’t even remember unclipping.

Turns out space heater plus air compressor equals blown fuse.


The End


I cut it close to finish this thing before midnight. I never, ever, ever want to cut it that close again. This was stressful. SO stressful.

The aftermath of this is sad. It’s a jumbled mess of Clif wrappers and Skratch labs and salt water taffy and ugh. It looked like Garmin-Cannodale threw a frat party.

It sucked.


And I can’t wait to sign up for next year.

But not on rollers.

Oh gosh, no.


  1. Comment by Ferde | 02.19.2016 | 11:26 am

    Well done!

  2. Comment by miles archer | 02.19.2016 | 11:28 am

    I am this close to deciding I to do 100 MoN this year. Mine would be 10k Meters of Nowhere – swimming laps in a pool. We’ll see. Race report might be rather boring.

  3. Comment by Tom in Albany | 02.19.2016 | 12:15 pm

    Well lookee here! We got anotha winnah!!!!

    Nice job!

  4. Comment by Brian in VA | 02.19.2016 | 12:31 pm

    Loved the after picture! Great write up, too. Congrats on another 100 MoN!

  5. Comment by Lin | 02.19.2016 | 1:12 pm

    Hey, Christina. Lin in Laramie. :) I always assume I won’t know people here, but then I realized you’re wearing a Wyoming jersey! Go Pokes.

    Great race report. Seriously. Really enjoyable.

    Are you planning to ride the Tour de Wyoming? I’m about to throw my name in the hat.

    Have a wonderful riding season!


  6. Comment by Christina | 02.19.2016 | 2:04 pm

    Thank you, thank you. Next year I’m making myself a podium to stand on at the end.

    Hey, Lin in Laramie! I’m just over the hill. I will not be at Tour de Wyoming, but I’ve helped with a sag stop for them before and it’s a fantastic ride. Good luck in the lottery! I’ll be headed to BRAN with our neighbors to the east. On a day like today, I could blow there without pedaling. :)

  7. Comment by Corrine | 02.19.2016 | 3:35 pm

    Great report except you didn’t report that you won your division. I’m sure you did! I can’t believe you rode a recumbent on rollers for 100 miles. You ROCK!! Great job and fun report. Can’t wait to see what you plan for next year. I might have to try the Rocketlytes. I always have stomach issues with endurance events.

  8. Comment by Lin | 02.19.2016 | 5:02 pm

    Have a great ride at BRAN, Christina!

  9. Comment by Christina | 02.22.2016 | 8:51 am

    Corrine- Good call! I’m top!

    The RocketLytes were amazing. I’d recommend them over and over.

  10. Comment by Fat BIke Racer (to to be confused wit fatbiek) | 02.22.2016 | 9:14 am

    Its been the whole offseason and not a single food post. I learned how to cut avocadoes from this blog for crying out loud. I hear if you grill them the guac comes out better? http://www.tastingtable.com/cook/national/guacamole-recipe-three-ways-sour-cream-jalapeno-mango-food-video

  11. Comment by Fat Bike Racer (to to be confused wit fatbike) | 02.22.2016 | 9:16 am

    That came out spammy looking because I can’t type. Meh.

  12. Comment by James Gerber | 04.11.2016 | 9:53 pm

    Great job. Keep up it! ^^


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