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What's your best time in a 10,25, etc. mile time trial?(8 posts)

What's your best time in a 10,25, etc. mile time trial?BAi9302010
Mar 18, 2002 3:24 PM
I just asked this question a 2 days ago, but there were only about 3 or 4 replies, which shocks me, considering that as of now, 611 people have read the message.

Just wondering what everyones' best tt times are for different distances (10, 25, 50, etc.)? Also, what do you ride in time trials?

-Pesonally, I've only done 10 mile time trials and my personal best is 26:45 (give or take a few secs. because I had to stop half a mile from the finish, to avoid a lady and her stroller.). I did this on an old heavy Cannondale, with nothing aero on an average/tough course.

Also, I recently built a tt bike and I can't wait 'til the next time I can ride the course and destroy my record.
This will make you feel greatsurf
Mar 18, 2002 4:33 PM
My best is 27.10, which is much slower than most of the posts. But I have only been riding for less than a year and with the running, swimming and a bike with downtube shifters well, that's good enough for me.

My goals are that by the end of the summer I can average over 23mph, then next year ill get a new bike and hopefully go faster with more time invested in the sport. Your times are good though, how long have you been riding.
re: What's your best time in a 10,25, etc. mile time trial?k mand
Mar 18, 2002 5:00 PM
During a training ride last week where I'm supposed to ride at time trial pace, I had 24:13. I've never done a time trial before (closed race course) but thought it might be fun this year. I saw your post but didn't respond since I thought we were talking race times here. Terrian was rolling, flat, Ksyrium wheels. This is my second year road riding. I would be curious to see how well you do with the new TT bike versus your road rig. You seem pretty fired up about doing a TT.
stroller-shmolerDaThumb
Mar 18, 2002 5:09 PM
You HAD to avoid the lady and her stroller? Where's your competative spirit? Real roadies stop for nothing and nice guys finish last.
My advice is to post another question asking for everyone's personal best time in 20k and 40k time trials. Maybe the 608 people who didn't reply are waiting for that question to pop up.
there is no deliniated 10 miles aroundishmael
Mar 18, 2002 5:49 PM
delineated might not be the word but ill try it...id love to try a ten mile, i kinda make up my own 15 mile one which includes slight inclines, some yields, and a turnaround...its hard to find a nice clear 10 mile spot in pa....ive tried my new 15 mile tt once and i did it in roughly 45 minutes..
re: The Race of Truth!guido
Mar 18, 2002 8:43 PM
One can draft the big boys for miles, and dream about riding like Lance Armstrong, but actually riding as fast as you can, all by yourself, is one of the hardest, most frustrating and demoralizing things a cyclist can do.

My best time was 27:20 in a 10 mile TT many years ago. Inspired by the books about British amateurs who clocked 25 miles in an hour, on 22 pound bikes, I fully expected that one day, I too could go 25 miles in an hour. I had a 22 pound bike, but as hard as I tried, as many miles as I rode, it never happened. The fastest group ride I was ever a part of went 21 miles in an hour, on hilly terrain, and I was fried. I guess the others were too, some of them. I've always found it really hard to demand so much of myself without the constant prodding of other riders, and that's why I've always hated TTs.

TTs demand so much, they sap your reserves. I've never been able to get a satisfactory rhythm down that leaves me enough energy to finish nearly as fast as I begin. You have to work hard and there's no time to recover without losing speed! You dig through your reserves until they're all gone, and pedal as fast and smooth as possible through the finish line, but you know it's all show. You feel terrible, a total failure, demoralized by the sheer effort. There are people who will tell you if you don't feel that way, you didn't go hard enough.

TTs aren't even supposed to be fun. Then you get scored, find out the awful truth about how you did, and by implication your fitness level, and then get compared to the others.

Judging from the lack of responses, I suspect others feel this way, too.
Solo? 42.25 for 16.92 miles, a shade over 24 perElefantino
Mar 18, 2002 9:40 PM
on the loop around our lake. That was the first weekend in July, just beginning to hit the peak of my training season before tree season ended it.

My first attempt at it after my previousprevious back surgery, in March, was, I think, something just under a minute. There's a false flat/gradual uphill for most of the last six miles and that's where the out of shape go to die.

My goal: Under 40 minutes sometime before the end of the summer, assuming all goes well.

FWIW,
Mike
21:54,54:14(nm)jp2
Mar 19, 2002 6:19 AM