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Highest speed on a road descent?(17 posts)

Highest speed on a road descent?Hereford Flyer
Sep 21, 2002 8:13 AM
What is the highest speed you have reached on a road descent?

October's "Cycle Sport" mag had a brief piece about a Spanish rider (on a mountain bike) who got clocked by the police at 75mph! and got a 60 euro fine.

I've hit 50mph plenty of times on the my local hills here in Herefordshire.

In my younger foolish days (15 years ago) managed to get 55mph on the flat behind a huge coach/bus for 2 miles (smooth straight dual carrigeway). Pedalled up to about 40 then just got sucked along in the vacum.
68km/h, small hills here. (nm)Spunout
Sep 21, 2002 9:26 AM
re: Highest speed on a road descent?aliensporebomb
Sep 21, 2002 11:38 AM
Back in the eighties....

62.5 mph on a downhill with a 25 mph tailwind trying desperately (and failing
spectacularly) to outrun an incoming thunderstorm. Two or three city blocks
past the point where the hill turned into a flat I got DRENCHED by rain. I got
home maybe 10-15 minutes later soaked to the skins.

I knew I was going at least 50 mph down the hill, but when I heard the thunder
and saw the lightning I knew I needed to drop a big hammer and get the heck out
of there if I had any hope of outrunning it.

I was young and dumb when this happened and in prime physical shape. I'm not
sure if I could break 40 mph these days but I'll never forget it, it was pure
Some spinKerry
Sep 21, 2002 5:37 PM
Let's assume the largest chainring commercially available (60t TA cylotouriste) and the smallest rear cog (11t), you were doing 150 rpm. Unless by "drop a big hammer" you mean get in a tight tuck. If instead, you had a 55/11, then it means 160 rpm (no such thing as a 55/11 available in the 80s, but there you go). So, what really happened? Bad computer, or were you coasting on a steep hill (with tail wind) and the "big hammer" story just sounds good?
Some spinaliensporebomb
Sep 21, 2002 5:53 PM
This was a 38 pound Schwinn Traveler III from 1981 - heavy thing. Yes, I was in a
tuck if I remember right.

My best guess is that gravity did most of the work simply because that bike was a heavy tank, the tailwind did some and the fact that I was about to get caught in a major thunderstorm probably had my adrenalin going. I remember pedaling like a complete

Also, like I said at the time I was a bike commuter on a regular basis in my early twenties. I was probably sixty pounds lighter than I am now I suspect.

I did this hill last year on a lighter bike and hit 45 and I wasn't even trying.
I've hit 42+ on a mountain bike going down the same hill.

It's possible that it was a bad computer, it was one of the first available that I ever saw - it was a Cateye Solar that had a battery that was charged by a solar panel.

And the "hill" wasn't a hill, today that hill is adjacent to a large ski jump.

If anyone lives in Bloomington Minnesota it's the big hill near Hyland Lake Ski Area,
about 84th street and East Bush Lake road. It's the big jump to the south of the main
ski area. The Bush Lake Road hill there is I believe eight or nine tenths of a mile descent directly to the west of the jump.

Here's the url for more info on that jump:

It's a 70 meter jump, just a huge thing.

I do know that it was the fastest I've ever gone on a bike because I remember that
the wind was buffetting my glasses so much they nearly fell off.
re: Highest speed on a road descent?frankamo
Sep 21, 2002 1:27 PM
Hit 52.3 this morning. Did 53.2 on the same hill a few weeks ago. Regularly break 50 on some of the other hills around the area.
mph, that isfrankamo
Sep 21, 2002 1:28 PM
re: Highest speed on a road descent?Bike Bum
Sep 21, 2002 4:22 PM
I've gotten up to 52 mph going down Godde pass here in Palmdale Calif. I'm 50 years old, so I can't blame it on youth, I can't stay I'm that comfortable at that speed either.
Also 195 Lbs perched up on 19 lbs of alum, steel and Rubber at that speed makes me insecure, But what a RUSH.....
I was pretty focused on what was coming up when a motorcycle cop came up on me and was alittle behind and right beside me when he punched the siren once and scared the crap outta me enough that I almost crashed.....Jerk...
I am impressed!Bike Nut
Sep 21, 2002 4:41 PM
"In my younger foolish days (15 years ago) managed to get 55mph on the flat behind a huge coach/bus for 2 miles (smooth straight dual carrigeway). Pedalled up to about 40 then just got sucked along in the vacum."
If my numbers are correct, you were able to spin a 55X11 at over 140 rpm for two miles. WOW! Have you thought of racing keirin?
re: Highest speed on a road descent?bikerbob
Sep 21, 2002 4:47 PM
I hit 54 MPH going down Middlebury Gap during the Green Mountain Stage race.I had no idea I had been going that fast until the bottom of the hill. It's about ten miles and for some reason is treated as an all out sprint.
After pulling out of my driveway, . . .jefajones
Sep 21, 2002 5:52 PM
within the first 1.5 - 2 minutes, while coasting no less, I'm at 45-50 mph. After a long or hard ride, it is often a challenge just getting up the last mile or so to my house. I live in Western Maine and often hit 50+ mph on the steeper downhills. That said, I really don't like desending that fast and would rather make up the time climbing the next one.
Where in Western MAine?jzinckgra
Sep 22, 2002 10:15 AM
Just curious, but where in western maine? I am from Belgrade Lakes (parents still live there) ,but am currently in San diego. I've got a couple friends that work at sugarloaf too.
Where in Western MAine?jefajones
Sep 22, 2002 4:51 PM
I live on a hill in the township of Temple (about 5 miles from Farmington)on Varnum Pond Road. I often ride 27 down to the Belgrade area (love mile hill), and many of the backroads - Watson Pond Road, 41 through Vienna and Mt. Vernon. There are many nice rides up here up not many riders in the immediate area. I'm going to work out of Lewiston and hear there is a pretty good group out of there.

There is a ski instructor from Sugarloaf that has rode with us a few times, cannot remember his name, but he rides a yellow compact schwinn.

This will be my first Maine winter, a little nervous about that . . . but love riding out here.
Where in Western MAine?jzinckgra
Sep 23, 2002 8:43 PM
Cool, I know where all of those roads are. Mile long hill is cool and not that bad of a climb. I had a dog chase me a good while on Rt. 41 couple summers ago. Actually a lot of those roads are a lot better now since they repaved many. One good ride I have taken is Rt. 27 out of belgrade lakes up to rt. 2. You then take a right turn on rt. 2 until norridgewok (sp?) then right turn on rt. 8 (i think) heading back towards rome/north belgrade. A nice 45 or so mile ride and good scenery. If you like winter, you'll like Maine winters. Hopefully we'll get a lot of snow this year. Last year was terrible until late in the season.
just shy of 100 kmh coming off the blue ridge in N.C. (n m)merckx56
Sep 21, 2002 6:30 PM
Where on the Parkway?carnageasada
Sep 22, 2002 10:11 PM
I hit fifty coming into Asheville but if you got more. . .
re: Highest speed on a road descent?GTDave
Sep 23, 2002 6:48 AM
55.5 mph coming off Buffalo Ridge in SWVA, Franklin Co.(four weeks ago)
60 mph even on the Starkey wall (Merriman rd.)(two years ago)
There are many short sections around here that will let you get on the scary side of 50.