Set a Sustainable Pace. It is easy to get caught up in the moment, especially with stronger riders passing you by. But remember, most centuries are tours and not races. Ride at a pace you can maintain over the long haul.
The only century I didn’t finish was one where I started out at a faster pace than I normal ride. At the time I remember thinking, “Wow I’m really riding strong today.” However, in the long run, I couldn’t maintain the pace and I burnt out before the end.
Riding a century is a significant accomplishment that few people will achieve. Maintain a sustainable pace and enjoy yourself and the bragging rights you’ll earn after completing the ride.