Bike speeds

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10/11/2003 at 14:04
As most are aware cycling to me is quite new so I've not really got much experience of what is a good speed (mph).

I live in an undulating area and yesterday on my 'getting to know my bike properly' cycle I averaged 18mph. Now I'm sure this is slow to most of you, but it felt ok to me, not too fast or slow!

What I want to know is what is a good standard mph speed on a flat route?
10/11/2003 at 14:07
sounds a reasonable pace.

my 10mile TT time was something like 27mins.. my race pace is usually around 22mph av. on a flat course.

the quick guys seem to manage 25mph average even on some hideously hilly courses (i.e. swindon).
10/11/2003 at 14:07
I average about 23mph for an Olympic distance race (40k), and about 20mph for Ironman distance (112 miles). Pros on the tour average about 26mph over the whole tour I think. Cougie is the man to ask really.

18 sounds pretty good for a start though.
10/11/2003 at 14:12
dr nic on the other hand...
10/11/2003 at 14:19
18 is pretty good as a start on a hilly course

i average about 22.5 on a very, very flat route over 80-100 miles
10/11/2003 at 14:19
Hilly - 18 mph sounds pretty good to me, although what a 'good' speed is, does depend on the distance, also whether you have junctions, traffic lights, hills, wind (our local menace) etc. When I first started cycling I was happy with 15 mph, I've changed a bit since then though!

I try to average 20 mph on a 1-3 hour ride (don't always manage it!). I'm currently working on my pace, trying to keep up to 25 mph for as long as I can ... until I can do it no more.... then I blow up and crawl home at about 10 mph!
cougie    pirate
10/11/2003 at 14:24
Hilly - 18mph is a good pace indeed. I was out yesterday doing just over 50 miles, and we probably averaged 17 or 18mph.

When you are racing though - you'll go a lot faster - my 10 time is a long 22 - so that's about 26mph, but you need the course for that.

Tri courses tend to be a lot bumpier than the average cycling Time Trial course.
cougie    pirate
10/11/2003 at 14:26
Blimey Lizzy - you kick a** !!!
10/11/2003 at 14:45
Nah Cougie, I just sit on the ass of my ex- first cat hubby (he's a lot bigger than me, so displaces an awful lot of air) and let him do the hard work. 'Cept it's not hard work for him.

He usually drops me quite quickly. :(
10/11/2003 at 14:49
Thanks guys and gals (Lizzie) of course!

I'm quite pleased with that then as I had 2 steep hills and very bumpy road in places! Mind I only did 11 miles.

Going up hill I was not too good, but I'm still getting used to the gears!

Blimey Lizzy I'm sure I could do 25mph unless downhill!
10/11/2003 at 14:50
That should say couldn't do 25mph not could do!
10/11/2003 at 15:16
Hilly, you can - just pick a long straight downhill and remove your brain... (dunno why I´m recommending this approach, I have the courage of a day-old kitten and I almost wee myself with fear on some descents).
10/11/2003 at 15:20
I can always tell when things are getting 'hairy' I start to giggle uncontrolably..!!

Start by just daring yourself not to touch the brakes at the top of the hill... By the time your really scared its probably round a corner and well, no-one brakes round a corner do they!! So you end up scaring yerself so much at the consequences of braking that its actually less scary not to brake....

Understand my 'logic'...
cougie    pirate
10/11/2003 at 15:22
Mmmmm - did you ever race at Eatridge (?) forest when they held the National Champs there ? Was it the Cliff or something you were meant to ride down ???
10/11/2003 at 15:23
Cougie..
Never raced there but I ride eastridge every thursday night!! And yes, I know it...

tee hee... T'is my local patch!!!
cougie    pirate
10/11/2003 at 15:25
Oooh ya lucky devil. Brilliant course. Went down the cliff on me b*m though. I'm not THAT stupid.

;-)
10/11/2003 at 15:29
Cougie,
You need to drop yer saddle a bit and get yer @rse right skimmin' the rear wheel... but its not really the done thing in a race to stop and adjust saddle height is it!!!

But I do love Eastridge.. are some amazing rooty singletrack drops... you'll have to come over sometime...
10/11/2003 at 15:32
Twinkler - yeah, I do the 'I'm going to count to 10 before I touch the brakes'. Next time I do the hill it's '11' and so on.

and I'm not dead yet.

Funnily enough I don't get scared when I'm racing (not that I've done very much), just when I'm training!
cougie    pirate
10/11/2003 at 15:32
Oh I had me A** hanging right over the back wheel, and decided it was tooo dodgy.

And I saw Mick Ives wipe out and split his lip on it just before I had a go, so I thought - 's*d that for a game of soldiers !'

Wish I hadn't sold me MTB. Still - good reason to get another eh ??? ;-)
10/11/2003 at 15:35
It works too Lizzy!!!! and adrenaline is brown coloured....

and yes Coug... always a good idea to get another!!!!!
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