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Video: 'The Power of 100' With Adam Morse

Jan 24, 2023 at 9:54
by Velocio Apparel  

The Power of 100

Were you to study Strava data points, you’d see peaks and patterns. For runners, a large clump of data rests right near the 3-hour marathon, a mental hallmark for running. For cyclists, the 100-mile and 100km marks are big aggregations. It's not the everyday outing or even the normal weekend epic. It's something more. That’s the power of 100 and the subject of our focus for a series dedicated to friends, ambassadors, sponsored athletes, and staff.

Adam Morse prepares for an all-out effort on the longest day of the year.

Adam Morse

Between EWS stops and local trail advocacy, Vermont resident Adam Morse still finds time to dream up adventures in his backyard.

His latest idea? 100 miles through the rough, rocky, rooty trails of Vermont. Constant up and down, minimal flow, and boiled potatoes for lunch. This is Adam's Power of 100.

Lines in the dirt.
Hidden flow.

More air time.

Standard Vermont singletrack.
Watch out for traffic.

Done & Dusted

On the longest day of the year, Adam completed his 100-mile ride. With the occasional road connection between networks, the Green Mountain State offers a wild mix of old-school tech, occasional flow, slippery roots, and relentless hills: a recipe for complete exhaustion.

100 might just be a number, but the pursuit is an adventure in achieving a goal.

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  • 23 1
 I wish pinkbike had more good content like this. Mountain bikers enjoying mountain biking, what a radical concept. Nice work Adam.
  • 12 0
 99 and a half just won't do, as Wilson Pickett used to say! Having tried and painfully failed to do 50mi of singletrack before, I can viscerally appreciate how insane this is. Go Adam!

Oh, and inquiring minds must know--what was the total vert?
  • 2 0
 I'd hazard a guess it's around 15-18,000 ft of vert.
  • 28 0
 14,746 ft of vertical, 13:25:40 of moving time. A significant amount of mileage came from connections on overgrown old logging roads, those leaf covered spongey soils were the hardest.
  • 2 0
 @morse-ah: I thought Americas standard of measurement was football fields.
  • 3 1
 @morse-ah: rough route?
  • 1 0
 @DJ-24: if you must, just over 49 football fields in climbing and exactly 1760 football fields in distance. Go niners!
  • 1 0
 @morse-ah: Niners Lost! but, so did the Bengals. Boo
  • 8 0
 These trails are no joke either. We typically don't measure in miles around here, we measure in feet of climbing and much of it is technical singletrack climbing. This is a brutal ride!
  • 6 0
 100 miles of trail riding is pretty epic. Not flat either. I wonder how much vertical he had in his ride. I'm just happy that as a Canadian a 100 challenge would be 100km, not miles.
  • 7 0
 Doing Vermont proud. Nice one, Adam.
  • 6 0
 Summer in Vermont is magical. Like no where else I’ve ever been.
  • 2 0
 Vermont's summer is so sweet you forget how brutal stick season, winter, and mud season can be.
  • 1 0
 That might not mean much if the furthest you've travelled is northern New York or New Hampshire.
  • 1 0
 @bonkmasterflex: What's stick season? Being from the UK we only have winter and mud season
  • 6 0
 @meditationman: Stick season is after fall when there are no leaves on the trees, but it hasn't snowed yet, so it looks like there are sticks everywhere.

Vermont has 10 to 13 seasons:

1. Winter
2. January Thaw
3. Double Winter (sometimes Powbruary for skiing)
4. Spring of Deception
5. Triple Winter
6. Mud season/Maple Sugaring Season
7. 3 Days of Spring
8. Rainy Rainy June
9. Summer
10. Leaf Peeper Season (Fall colors bring many tourists called "Leaf Peepers")
11. Stick Season
12 Early Winter
  • 1 0
 Edit - @bonkmasterflex beat me to it XD

@meditationman: It's like the period of time after all the leaves have fallen off the trees but before the snow comes and sticks to the ground. We have a lot of deciduous trees around here so during stick season those trees without any leaves on them kinda just look like sticks
  • 1 0
 My experience from riding with friends who have an actual wheel sensor equipped bike computer is that 100mi on Strava on a phone is actually more like 140-160mi. I’ve had even 70% differences between the two, especially when it’s more hilly and the gps doesn’t pick up all the elevation change. So ya 100mi on a phone with Strava is a LOT!
  • 1 0
 That's a heaping serving of heaven right there. I'd love to know what trail systems he linked together. I kept looking for ones I recognized, but they all looked soooo much like Vermont that they all seemed familiar.
  • 2 0
 A combination of FOTW and RMT networks, in no particular order, Cochrans, Chamberlain Hill, Saxon Hill, Mobbs Farm, Arcana, Sleepy Hollow, Hinesburg Town Forest, Carse Hills, Mud Pond and a few other neighborhood trails.
  • 2 0
 So cool to see this make its rounds. Hell of a day, Adam! Makes me want to get out for a big dumb day on the bike.
  • 1 0
 Having done 100 miles of single track in a day on a few occasions. I have much respect for anyone who does it. Well done and thanks for sharing.
  • 1 0
 What a comfortable way to do a century.... Stop home for some food, head back out..... I hate endurance riding but I'd be down to try THIS.
  • 1 0
 This inspired me to avoid the groomed trails in VT today and do something stupid myself. Thanks!
  • 2 0
 This is rad, guys! Nice work. Helluva day, Adam!
  • 2 1
 Knowing you well, I suspect you'll try to do it faster next year! Nice work btw!
  • 1 0
 Adam is rad!He almost ran me over one time but luckily a tree stepped in between us.
  • 1 0
 Love you Adam! Way to keep killing the VT scene. Kisses and hugs
  • 1 0
 Morse the Force always killing it!
  • 1 0
 Yeah dude! I am so pumped you get so much trail stuff done!
  • 1 0
 That's a big and challenging day, good stuff.
  • 1 0
 never do too many bananas
  • 1 0
 Vermont is just such a special place man...
  • 1 0
 Didn't happen before we see a screenshot of the strava upload ^^
  • 1 0
 This is awesome. Great Job!
  • 2 0
 Get em Daddy!
  • 1 0
 would love to know his route!
  • 1 0
 Living the life my man, what a feat!
  • 1 0
 This was sick! Nice work Adam
  • 1 0
 East coast love! Big daze are the bomb.
  • 1 0
 Dude is a absolute gentleman and a beast all in one
  • 1 0
 Love it! Not just for the trails shown being local, but for the vibes Smile
  • 2 1
 I'd rather ride 160km
  • 4 0
 thats only 99.4 miles ;-)
  • 1 0
 way to get it Morse!!
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