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What's harder? 100 miles in a group or 80 alone?(8 posts)

What's harder? 100 miles in a group or 80 alone?paulw
Jul 26, 2002 7:38 PM
80 alone (nm)Allen az
Jul 26, 2002 8:07 PM
80 alone...morefracisco
Jul 26, 2002 10:01 PM
I missed my Thursday morning group ride this week, and did the same route Friday morning, alone. It was a lot harder, a lot slower, and seemingly a lot longer. In the group, I go faster, get to coast/soft pedal more, and have more to think about, as well as someone to occasionally talk to or commiserate with.

Solo I had nobody to work with, no reason to make that jump to 30 mph on the flat, and I had only myself to sing to, instead of chat with the person next to me.
On that note, anyone want to join me tomorrow??PaulCL
Jul 27, 2002 5:29 AM
I'm doing an 80 miler in the AM. My semi-usual kinda-occasional ride buddy can't make I'll do it alone.
Location? Location? Location? n/mfracisco
Jul 27, 2002 9:39 AM
Sorry, sorry, sorry....PaulCL
Jul 27, 2002 1:31 PM
I live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?? You close???
It depends on the group and weather conditionsTig
Jul 27, 2002 11:43 AM
The group I ride with regularly, rides centuries at about 22-24+. This gets tuff at about 60 miles. I've ridden centuries alone at 20 and they felt easier. It also depends on the weather conditions like heat, humidity, and wind.
same speed?DougSloan
Jul 27, 2002 5:19 PM
If you are talking about the same speed, I'd say 80 alone is much harder, unless it's all up and down hills. The steeper the hills, the less drafting matters.

On flat ground, good drafting reduces the power needed by the following rider by 20-35%. That's huge. The bigger the group, the faster you go, the more you save.

If you are not talking about the same speed, it would be too hard to make a comparison. I've done 40 mile road races that were harder than 100 miles alone, and vice versa. Depends.