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Average ride speeds?(18 posts)

Average ride speeds?Zman
Sep 8, 2003 6:49 AM
I know that this subject is very subjective but what the hell.

In general, what speeds do most of you travel on a ride such as 50 miles on pretty much open roads. Must start somewhere.

I really am new to road riding, most of my years have been off-road. I put on around 2000 - 3000 miles per year now with most of them road miles. My "average" ride is approximately 45 miles.

What is a common pace?

Z
re: Average ride speeds?TREKY
Sep 8, 2003 7:18 AM
On rides around 50-60 miles I usually average around 16-17 mph solo and 17-19 with a group.
Absolutely no good comes of this discussion. I posted somethingbill
Sep 8, 2003 7:37 AM
similar here a long time ago, and the old timers said then to calm down and don't worry about such things. I now believe them. The variables here are so many and so broad that no amount of data is going to help you. Racers, for example, literally never go as fast as they can on a fifty-mile ride unless it's a race, because that's not the way you train. Do you want to compare yourself to that? Why? And then, what level of racing? Cat 5? Cat 3? Recreational riders are all over the map, maybe with no idea how fast they could go if they pushed themselves. Take someone like MB1, who has earned the right to go exactly as fast as he wants. He rides for purposes other than going fast. If he cared to put the energy into going fast, his average no doubt would be extremely different from what it is.
I know that you want to know whether you're in the game.
You're in the game.
Now go ride.
when I was new, I desperately wanted to know how I comparedDougSloan
Sep 8, 2003 7:43 AM
I think there is nothing wrong with the discussion, but what you do with it is what matters. Numbers are just numbers - you're ok unless you start obsessing about numbers or get all discouraged from seeing other numbers.

When I was new, at least when I wanted to get serious, I desperately wanted to know where I stood. Of course, the best way to do that is go ride with groups or even race. That tells you more than any numbers can.

Doug
Sorry, I didn't earn the right to go exactly as fast as I want.Continental
Sep 8, 2003 10:04 AM
I apologize to all cyclists that I might have offended by riding my bike exactly the speed I want without first earning this right. I've been committing this offence for about 30 years. How do I earn this right to get back into the good graces of the cycling establishment? I a speed range of 4.2 mph to 49.9 mph will be O.K> I also ride as long or as short a distance as I want. 1 mile to 120 miles will be a good range for me. Do I need to earn this right, too?
You're correct. You have no right. For your insolence, nothingbill
Sep 8, 2003 12:36 PM
you do or say can be correct.
hard to compareDougSloan
Sep 8, 2003 7:39 AM
Hills, road surface, wind, drafting, heat, and more, all make a huge difference. Hard to compare. Here are some typical speeds (all speeds are start to end, clock always running) for me at various times, nonetheless:

When in best condition:

36 mph - all out sprint from 25 mph, flat ground, solo
32 mph - pull for 20 seconds at front of fast training ride
26 mph - 10 mile time trial
24 mph - 60 mile flat road race
22 mph - 50 mile group training ride, some hills
21 mph - solo century, flat
20 mph - 50 mile solo training ride, some hills
20 mph - solo double century, flat
18 mph - solo and some drafting double century, lots of hills
18 mph - 250 mile solo training ride, some hills
16 mph - 30 mile recovery ride
14 mph - 155 mile mountainous race, very little drafting
13 mph - 508 mile solo race, 35,000 feet climbing

When in so-so shape:

22 mph - 10 mile TT
17 mph - 30-50 mile solo training ride
12 mph - 155 mile mountainous "race"

Doug
16 to 29 MPH - It DependsFred Fredricks
Sep 8, 2003 7:42 AM
It depends on the purpose of the ride and if I am solo or in a group.

A routine daily 25-50 mile solo "training ride" is 18 to 21 MPH depend route, wind, how I feel and if I am mixing in some intervals.

On a relaxed group ride it may be 16 MPH.

On a racing type pace line type group ride 24+ MPH

Road racing in the peleton 28-29+ MPH
re: Average ride speeds?gregario
Sep 8, 2003 7:43 AM
Yesterday my wife and I did 59 rather hilly miles on our tandem and our average was 18.8, riding not in a group. That's a little faster than our usual. For reference, I am 41 years old and she is 51. We're not racers and both have a few pounds we could do without. On my single riding alone I can usually do 19.3 for a 38 mile route. I don't do what some folks do...I've seen some people start their computers while they're already riding after they have warmed up and stop them at traffic lights, etc. Our average includes traffic lights, stop signs, etc. from start to finish. Of course, if we take a food or bathroom break that's not included in our average.
DependsMR_GRUMPY
Sep 8, 2003 8:00 AM
My scale of speed for a 50 mile solo ride
2:00 = Damn fast
2:30 = Fast
2:45 = Movin'
3:00 = Good medium pace
3:30 = Easy
4:00 = Damn slow
LOL, sounds like me :) nmMVN
Sep 8, 2003 8:46 AM
Saturday, 13.1 mph for 85 miles ...Humma Hah
Sep 8, 2003 8:17 AM
... riding the cruiser on the C&O Towpath in the Tour de Canal. Flat 2-track, kinda muddy. Doesn't sound fast, but there were only 12 of 16 bikes ahead of me at the finish.

I only averaged about 12.4 for the 100 miles down the rest of the towpath on Sunday. Still was one of the first bikes in.
50 miles ...but wherePaulCL
Sep 8, 2003 8:22 AM
Last Friday, I did a solo 49 mile ride and averaged 18.1 mph over a hilly terrain. Yesterday, I did a 75 mile ride over essentially the same terrain averaging 18.8 mph but with a group of five (I led out 60% of the time).

But a few weeks ago, I was riding in Columbus, Ohio -very, very flat - and did a 65 mile ride solo averaging 21+ mph.

Average speeds only have meaning to you or your friends over a specific route. If you ride that route faster today than last week, you're doing well. Paul
20 mph avg century on Sat.Mariowannabe
Sep 8, 2003 8:32 AM
Group ride, fairly flat. Havin' fun. Doing my share of pulls (25%).
always > 15mph - it's meaningless (nm)terry b
Sep 8, 2003 8:44 AM
Plus you'll almost always ride faster if youOldEdScott
Sep 8, 2003 8:44 AM
ride WITH someone (not necessarily a group, just another body)because you tend to jack each other up, and you won't sit up as often to softpedal and rest or just smell the roses. I almost never ride with anyone, maybe nine or ten times a year. But when I do, no matter their skill level, my computer tells me my average speed is a couple of mph higher than usual.

I did a long hilly loop with a cousin-in-law from Marin County Cah-lee-for-knee-ah last month, a fellow who rides daily in terrain even hillier than mine, and just by virtue of riding with someone pretty strong and fast, my average speed was FOUR mph faster than my usual pokey solo, and I wasn't even conscious of pushing it.
33 mphCary1
Sep 8, 2003 3:30 PM
But then I figured out that my computer was set for a 20" tire. Now that I fixed it I average about 15 :^(. I may be slow but I still have a good time.

Cary
It really does vary a bit even on basically the same routeB2
Sep 8, 2003 4:14 PM
I ride a 25 mile loop fairly often with a few stops signs and stop lights and about 1,200' elevation gain. I think I've broken the 20mph barrier about three or four times. Now when I do the same route with with an extra 10 mile detour thrown in, I usually have no problem averaging 20+mph. Go figure.

Bryan