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How fast is fast?offroadie
Apr 2, 2003 9:14 AM
What's your fastest registered downhill speed? I had a 51 mph descent on Sunday afternoon - it was pretty spooky. The whole drop was a little over a mile, and as soon as I saw 50 mph on the computer, I started grabbing the brakes. I kept thinking about last Friday's Foaming Rant in Velonews and the idea that I'd love disc brakes on my road bike!

Anyway, just post your top speed in the subject line. Thanks!
15 MPH is fast!Kristin
Apr 2, 2003 9:18 AM
j/k. Top downhill for me was 52 MPH. Its good thing I chickened out and slowed down because I never saw those rumble strips coming. Lost some fillings I did!
1 mile in 58 sec from a rolling start ...Humma Hah
Apr 2, 2003 9:27 AM
... with nothing to stop me but a coaster brake.

The cruiser ain't generally a fast bike, but it'll dive like a brick!
61mph in Wisconsin!Nater
Apr 2, 2003 9:31 AM
Belive it or not, there are some really fast and fun downhills in Wisconsin...especially in the bluffs around La Crosse.
holy cow; was a tornado involved? nmDougSloan
Apr 2, 2003 9:33 AM
You'd be surprised the number of 15-20+% grades in SW WI! nmnoveread
Apr 2, 2003 9:35 AM
I beleive it. I used to live near Stillwater, MN.offroadie
Apr 2, 2003 9:35 AM
Now in Laguna Beach, CA.
Behold, the power of cheese (nm)Scot_Gore
Apr 2, 2003 9:36 AM
Yep. I was in WI too. Near Baraboo. nmKristin
Apr 2, 2003 9:36 AM
Apr 2, 2003 10:13 AM
Was that on Irish Hill? I used to live there and I remember gettin up to about 50 but never much higher than that...

Do they still do the Killer Hill race/tour there?

There are a couple across the river that got pretty fast also...
Apr 2, 2003 11:08 AM
Hey jaybird,

That speed was actually attained on the MN side of the river coming down a hill we called Apple Blossom back into La Crescent from the top of the ridge.

I don't think the Killer Hill is still least it wasn't last summer. I live in Madison now but really miss the riding around La Crosse...they even have technical single track in town!
Apr 2, 2003 11:57 AM
Ahhh yes, I know it well. Are you from the area? Did you ever race?

Where is the technical single track? I know 3rd street can get that way at 2AM during Oktoberfest
Apr 2, 2003 12:53 PM

Not originally from La Crosse (from near the Dells) but lived there for about 5 years while in and out of graduate school. I've never raced on the road but lots on mountain bikes. As far as the single track goes, there is tons of illegal stuff on the bluffs to the east of town that used to be legal (I hear you'll get a ticket these days though). There is a new park up on the bluff adjacent to the National Weather Service station called the Human Powered Park. It's constantly evolving with lots of trail work being done by the La Crosse Velo Club. You can ride from town on "This is Not a Trail" (named so because of it's previous status as a mountain bike's legal now, the name just stuck) through Hixon Forest. If you're in the area, stop in at Smith's Cycling and Fitness on State and 7th (my old employer) and they'll give you the low-down.
Apr 2, 2003 1:41 PM
I know who Carl and Dan are. I used to hang out at Vagabond in the late 80s and even raced for them a couple of years.

I live in Boston now but I get back there every now and then since I have family still there, so I'll check it out.

I grew up on N 24th st right across from the country club so I am very familiar with Hixon.

Take care
LaCrosse (again)Andy M-S
Apr 2, 2003 2:04 PM
Jaybird, we've talked here before--Nater, I'm sure I know you from Smith's, back before the move.

My local best is 53 coming down FO, right after it was repaved.

I've found a couple of people at work (Firstlogic) who ride,so maybe we can take a noon junket over into La Crescent. Over the big blue bridge and into Minnesota...
LaCrosse (again)Nater
Apr 2, 2003 2:39 PM
Hey Andy...

Unfortunately, I don't live in La Crosse any longer. I'm in Madison now but I still make it up to La Crosse frequently to hang out with the guys at the shop. When the season picks up, I'm sure I'll be up for some weekend jaunts. The groupd rides centered around Smith's (Tuesday for fast rides, wednesday for more moderate rides) will be starting next week (after the time change). Check them out...It's a great group of people!
LaCrosse (again)jaybird
Apr 3, 2003 5:58 AM
Hey Andy,
Have you ever ridden with the boyfriend of one of the women in your HR dept? He is a good friend of mine. Her initials are JS and his are CR, he rides a yellow Ritchey road bike and climbs like a madman.

If you don't know him, look him up.
LaCrosse (again)Andy M-S
Apr 3, 2003 7:33 AM
Yep, a few weeks ago, but at the time I think he was on a yellow/white RB-1. You're right about the climbing--he was heading up Grandad like it wasn't there, while I was slowly sliding off the back...
LaCrosse (again)jaybird
Apr 3, 2003 8:17 AM
Yeah, that was him. he has that stupid RB-1 that is as old as grandads itself. He got it for free several years ago because the guy who had it before him thought it was too ragged out to ride... He probably didn't want to scratch the ritchey.

I hate him for the way he climbs...

My name is Jay, say hi to him from me if you see him.
There's a race up river (link in message)Scot_Gore
Apr 2, 2003 1:07 PM
64 mph daylight; 63 night (Townes Pass, Death Valley) nmDougSloan
Apr 2, 2003 9:33 AM
56 MPH...Dallas Divide, CO. with tailwindColnagoFE
Apr 2, 2003 9:37 AM
had to brake for a car or may have been able to hit 60.
50 mph with brakes. chattanooga may 2002. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 2, 2003 9:46 AM
you mean "parachute"? :-) nmDougSloan
Apr 2, 2003 9:57 AM
;-) nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 2, 2003 10:10 AM
52 MPH Hilly Hundred 2002. nmJuanmoretime
Apr 2, 2003 10:16 AM
Let me guess....4bykn
Apr 2, 2003 1:26 PM
Day two, about 3-4 miles before lunch at Nashville. That was a blast, I flirted with 50 with brakes on. Nothing like an unfamiliar curvy descent with patches of shadow concealing the road surface. Too bad that won't be on this years route.
Absolutely correct, I was in a pack and had to hold back. nmJuanmoretime
Apr 2, 2003 5:48 PM
60.6 mph, Julier Pass, SwitzerlandStmbtDave
Apr 2, 2003 10:36 AM
The roads are much steeper in Europe. My highest in the US is 55 on Fremont Pass, Colorado. Last night's ride hit 53.3 down Rabbit Ears Pass with a stiff tail wind.

56 mph...Mt. Okemo, Vt.biknben
Apr 2, 2003 10:41 AM
I was on a MTB at the time. 3/4 mile straight at 14% grade. Acceleration was not the problem. The switchback at the bottom was the limiting factor.

I did it again later with the road bike but had no confidence in my braking.
This was right down the access road? Wow - on a mtb! (nm)jtferraro
Apr 2, 2003 1:49 PM
Apr 3, 2003 4:42 AM
The mountain bike, with better braking, allowed me to let her rip a little longer and get more speed.

I tried it later on the road bike but had no confidence in my ability to stop. I had no problem accelerating though :-).

Are you from the area? Are you familiar with Mt. Ascutney? I've been wanting to get back up there and do that one. How does it compare to Okemo?
Live in CT but go to VT a lot in winter, especially.jtferraro
Apr 3, 2003 8:39 AM
I've been to Ascutney years ago, as a kid, w/my family for a ski trip but don't remember what their access road is like. Where are you from?

re: How fast is fast?babyhuey77
Apr 2, 2003 10:43 AM
I was in doing the Superioe road race two weeks ago and hit an indicated 66mph on a dowwnhill. I was in a full tuck and was passing cars. It was quite scary but fun as hell. Skinny guys fly up the hill but I pass all of them on the downhill.

58 down Mt. Baldy ca.jsbx
Apr 2, 2003 10:48 AM
I was in my buddy's draft. I weigh 128 and can only get low fifties on my own.
58 huh? I hit 63 down Mt. Baldy ca.lanterne rouge
Apr 2, 2003 4:15 PM
I weigh 185 so that must account for the difference. Something tells me at 128 lbs. you would go alot faster up Baldy than me though! :)
56mph on a Tandem. Small Female Captain, Yikes!ekdave
Apr 2, 2003 11:01 AM
We are both very strong, never saw over 50 every week on solo rides down the same hill.

Me, on the back, praying to god she knew what she was doing. ha ha ha!
50 for me and that's fast enough. nm.No_sprint
Apr 2, 2003 11:05 AM
54 drafting a Dump Truck on US1 outside of Ormond Beachrussw19
Apr 2, 2003 11:13 AM
54 behind a truck, staying directly behind his rear wheels praying that if he hit a dead armadillo, it would be flat enough that I wouldn't crash as I ran over it too. At that speed, there would be no time to see a pot hole in time to avoid it from 6 inches off the trucks bumper.

I also hit 57 going down the steep side of Sugarloaf Mtn. in central Florida, and 61 down a mountain pass in North Carolina.

It's so exciting to go that fast! Then once you slow down, you realize how stupid it was too.

53 off road. 52 on road.TwoCircles Tim
Apr 2, 2003 11:36 AM
53 off road at Sunday River, ME while spinning a 44x11. Fastest I could get coasting on the trail was 46, so I took a number of runs and peadled my arse off. I was spinning my legs mad fast and it seemed like the rear tire was sliding side to side about an inch on every stroke - it was barely on the ground. I really should have brought a bigger gear.

Fastest on the road bike was 52mph - coasting.
54 on Sugarloaf.Ian
Apr 3, 2003 5:36 AM

I have hit 54 going down Sugarloaf. I pedaled at the top and then got tucked, I just can't go any faster. Do you live in Ormond? I am in Orlando.

54.5 Meryk Mountain, Dorset Vt. (nm)Mariowannabe
Apr 2, 2003 12:20 PM
See Doug's "I'm so humbled" thread below. (nm)Rich_Racer
Apr 2, 2003 12:42 PM
54 mph, Moor's mountain road.look271
Apr 2, 2003 2:19 PM
The descent is only .6 miles with a f$#king stop sign at the bottom! (Th trick is to know just how long you can wait before nailing the brakes=) )
72.8 mph....Matt Britter
Apr 2, 2003 5:01 PM
...but the bike was on the hitch rack, forgot to bungie the wheels together. Did I mention I was going DOWN the freeway!?!
Apr 2, 2003 5:16 PM
kph that is....Oh wait you said mph......thats only 56mph. It was on a tandem with stoker I had never ridden with before. Not sure how fast I've gone on a single, never paid close enough attention.

Not over 60 mph except I went much faster than that yesterday of course :-}
re: How fast is fast?gopokes
Apr 3, 2003 11:04 AM
57 mph Battle Mountain west of Saratoga, WY - before I hit that cattle guard and flatted. I was extremely lucky and didn't go down, but did soil my shorts. I'm now older, wiser and make sure I slow for cattle guards...