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Average Speed, Citizen Men's 30+ Crit(4 posts)

Average Speed, Citizen Men's 30+ CritMisJG
Aug 14, 2003 6:05 PM
I was looking at the Citizen's race for Men over 30 at Downers Grove this weekend and was just curious about the average speed of one of those races. After my ride today, I was feeling pretty good and started wondering. Anybody know?
It dependsfiltersweep
Aug 15, 2003 4:26 AM
Just my observation- I don't think it really matters that much since it is so relative to the course and who is riding- you can have a group where no one wants to really pull and it lumbers around as a tactical race (you've probably seen them where it stays as a pack almost the entire race with every leader looking over his shoulder) with a low average speed. Or it can easily be around 25 average (which means it fluctuates between 20-30+ as people accelerate out of turns). It really is less a race about average speed and more about handling speed changes and riding as your heart rate is red lining.

If you are interested in racing, it is a question you really shouldn't ask, because you will likely find you are capable of performing at a level beyond anything you've managed before. I'm no expert and just had my first crit a few days ago- had I known the avg. would be about 25mph I don't know that I would have stepped up to the line, but I did fine.
23 - 27 mph; much easier to do if in a pack; good luck!(nm)hrv
Aug 15, 2003 9:01 AM
I think I'll make it a goal for next yearMisJG
Aug 15, 2003 6:29 PM
Deciding to do a race four days before the race without training for it just seems like a bad idea. But now I know it's not really that far out of my reach! Thank you all for the encouragement!