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What percent of the riders will do the century? I am torn as whether to do it or not, but am leaning towards doing it.

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Michrider !!!, March 13, 2013 at 7:04 am

10% 😉



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Ken, March 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

Since it occurs on the second day this year and it occurs rather early in that day before weariness sets in, I suspect more will give it a go this year. Works for me anyway 😎



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CyclingRoberto, March 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

Always do the Loop. Best chance ever for a century, but watch the odometer, as the route isn’t always quite a 100 miles.



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schultz6, March 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

TJ said it will be 100-miles+ for the day if you ride the Loop. Definitely do it and don’t stop at the intersection where it starts. Just dive in. Actually, it was a great pleasure to get my photo taken with Karras last year on the Loop. 129-days away!



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Chris, March 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

The picture with Mr. Karras last year made that otherwise rough day so very worth it.

In general….I don’t know if I’ve seen solid statistics on how many do the Loop any given year. As Ken said, being that it’s early this year, we will likely have a lot more company on it than last year. Of course, if it’s a hot’n’windy one again, not so much.



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jwsknk, March 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

used to be almost 100%, you either rode the 100+/- mile day or sagged, then they made it optional.



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Biscuits, March 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I expect a greater percentage this year. The loop is on the second day and early in the ride. Fewer people will feel tired.



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tjdale, March 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I was thinking the opposite. since the loop starts early in the day I was thinking less people would try it knowing they still had 3/4ths of the days ride ahead after completing the loop.



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buttercupdog, March 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm

<span style=“font-size: large;”>[code title=“”][code title=[/code]””]So doing it![/code]



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buttercupdog, March 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Whoops, SO doing it!



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iveaux3, March 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Does anyone know how long the loop is this year?



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Michrider !!!, March 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

It’s a 83 mile day and the loop is 17 miles, more or less!!!!



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HillsAngels1, March 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thats 17 miles that i will not be on :o)



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Dan in Iowa, March 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

They said it would be over 100 if you do the loop. The loop alone is 25. It’s all very good roads, but hilly.



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Ed Kanitra, March 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Figure, 17 miles equals an hour and a half (more or less). What else are you going to do with that time? Drink? I’ll give it a whirl.



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