46 Centuries in a year

My 52 centuries a year quest was stopped by an injury to my left leg so I was only able to complete 46 centuries this year.   Hopefully, I’ll be back on the bike soon.

On nearly all my rides I capture the route on my GPS (currently an Edge 705) and I take pictures of the participants and a few scenery shots.  Most of the albums are at my Picasa albums page but some are in the Almaden Cycle Touring club gallery on SmugMug.

Below is a brief summary of each of my 2010 centuries with the most recent ride at the top:

#46 on 14-Nov – Part of the Hollister Permanent with Ken Emerson.  Photos of this 119-mile ride at this link.

#45 on 30-Oct – Old Tierra Bella – 105 miles led by yours truly.  Photos at this link.

# 44 on 23-Oct – Skyline Ramble 200K – 125 miles with my good buddy, Ken Emerson.  This is the 11th month in a row where Ken is riding a randonneuring event toward his R-12 Award.  I’m happy I was able to accompany him on part of his journey.  And this only represents about 25% of his riding for the year.  This ride started in Santa Cruz went to Freedom up to Los Gatos through Corralitos then up to Skylonda for lunch followed by a screaming descent down Hwy 84 to San Gregorio.  From there it rained all the way back south to Santa Cruz as we rode through Pescadero and Davenport.  There weren’t many other cyclists out there but we did run into Andrea Symons as she was heading north just outside Pescadero on the Pizza Century.  I only took a few photos due to all the rain.

# 43 on 16-Oct – Reverse Mt Hamilton – 123 miles led by yours truly with photos here This was one of the toughest of the year with 10,500 feet of climbing.  On top of that I’ve gotten into a bad habit of not doing a lot on my bike between the centuries so conditioning is not where it should be.  By the time I got to the back side of Mt Hamilton I was gassed but had to trudge my way to the top.  Paul Metz had been with me for the prior 30 miles but I told him not to wait on me since my legs were feelin’ it.  I was really happy to make it to the Lick Observatory at the top to take some photos and grab a candy bar and a coke. 

# 42 on 10-Oct – Day 2 of Bay in Two Days – 108 miles led by Russ & Sheila Stevens with photos here

# 41 on 9-Oct – Levi’s Gran Fondo – 100 miles led by Levi Leipheimer with photos here

# 40 on 2-Oct – Santa Cruz to Monterey – 107 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 39 on 1-Oct – Home to SV for lunch w/Samy – 103 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 38 on 25-Sep – Lexington School to Half Moon Bay – 108 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 37 on 18-Sep – Legion of Honor – 100 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 36 on 17-Sep – TGIF to the reservoirs – 102 miles led by Tom Green with photos here

# 35 on 11-Sep – Poppy Century – 100 miles led by Jon Kaplan with photos here

# 34 on 4-Sep – Tierra Bella Worker’s Ride – 104 miles led by Doug Gillison with photos here

# 33 on 28-Aug – Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay – 112 miles led by Jon Kaplan with photos here

# 32 on 15-Aug – Chattooga Century – 100 miles led by Georgia Boys with photos here

# 31 on 9-Aug – Silver Comet Century – 123 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 30 on 3-Aug – Last New Jersey Century – 109 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 29 on 31-Jul – Cheeseburgers at the Junction – 100 miles led by Donny Axtell with photos here

# 28 on 28-Jul – New Jersey Century – 100 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 27 on 24-Jul – SC Mountains Challenge – 101 miles led by Maura Noel with photos here

# 26 on 17-Jul – SC to Monterey – 106 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 25 on 10-Jul – SJ Livestrong – 112 miles led by Livestrong with photos here

# 24 on 3-Jul – Far Hills to Lambertville – 105 miles led by MAFW with photos here

# 23 on 26-Jun – NYC Tour de Cure for Diabetes – 106 miles led by ADA with photos here

# 22 on 19-Jun – Street Light Mission for homeless – 101 miles led by Streetlights with photos here

# 21 on 22-May – Through the Pine Barrens again – 117 miles led by Neil Cherry with photos here

# 20 on 15-May – Cranbury to Tabernacle – 102 miles led by Neil Cherry with photos here

# 19 on 2-May – Grizzly Peak Century – 104 miles led by Grizzlies with photos here

# 18 on 27-Apr – Big Basin Loop – 107 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 17 on 18-Apr – Polhemus Loop – 114 miles led by Deb & David Hoag with photos here

# 16 on 15-Apr – Tierra Bella Worker’s Ride – 117 miles led by Doug Gillison with photos here

# 15 on 9-Apr – TGIF – 90 miles led by Leo Hartung with photos here

# 14 on 3-Apr – SC to Monterey – 109 miles led by yours truly with photos here

# 13 on 27-Mar – Half Moon Bay – 129 miles led by Deb & David Hoag with photos here

# 12 on 20-Mar – Permanent w/Steve and Ken – 139 miles led by Ken Emerson with photos here

# 11 on 13-Mar – Solvang Century – 100 miles led by SCOR with photos here

# 10 on 6-Mar – Reverse Mt Hamilton – 129 miles led by Russ Stevens with photos here

# 9 on 27-Feb – Russian River 300K – 184 miles led by Rob Hawks with photos here

# 8 on 20-Feb – Mt Diablo – 148 miles led by Deb & David Hoag with photos here

# 7 on 15-Feb – Legion of Honor – 148 miles led by Brian Chun with photos here

# 6 on 5-Feb – Two Rock 200K – 123 miles led by Rob Hawks with photos here

# 5 on 30-Jan – Metcalf to Sunol – 103 miles led by Deb & David Hoag with photos here

# 4 on 23-Jan – Point Reyes 200K – 127 miles led by Rob Hawks with photos here

# 3 on 16-Jan – Kings Mountain – 104 miles led by Deb & David Hoag with photos here

# 2 on 9-Jan – Winter Solstice – 113 miles led by Deb & David Hoag with photos here.  Postponed from December due to bad weather.  This annual event was formerly the Winter Solstice Double but the club added a century which attracted a lot more riders.  200 miles in December or January is a bit much to ask.

# 1 on 2-Jan – SJ to Redwood City – 95 miles led by Deb & David Hoag with photos here.  Technically, this ride didn’t meet the letter of the law since it was a 95 mile ride but the UltraMarathon Cycling Association recognizes 90 milers as centuries so I’m counting this one.  Besides, it was cold and I had three flat tires that day.  This was a ride organized by Deb and David Hoag as a Long Distance Training Ride (LDTR) for our Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC).   Nearly every week-end there’s an LDTR led by Deb & David, Jon Kaplan, or me.  Deb’s and David’s are usually hammerfests like this one but Jon’s and mine are much more relaxed. .

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