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Knockoff Poll: Top Speed You've Attained in the Flats?(17 posts)

Knockoff Poll: Top Speed You've Attained in the Flats?Fez
Oct 21, 2003 8:51 AM
I seldom see big descents, so I was wondering how fast in the flats while pedaling. Riding in pack is OK.
36.6 mph nmVikingbiker7
Oct 21, 2003 8:53 AM
38mph yesterday in 29mph gusting tailwind!!andy02
Oct 21, 2003 9:06 AM
Going out was 18-20 with two of us doing hard short pulls at the front but comming back we were flying! We went up hill (only a hill for this area) at 27mph.
What about in packs? nmandy02
Oct 21, 2003 9:09 AM
60 km/h (38mph) peleton, same while solo sprinting also. nmSpunout
Oct 21, 2003 9:24 AM
my yesterday's personal bestCrankist
Oct 21, 2003 9:33 AM
34.4 mph sprint, up from 30-ish @ season start. The distance speed is maintained is best measured in inches.
60 mphtarwheel
Oct 21, 2003 9:45 AM
I was drafting behind a semi, on my 10-speed orange Masi -- in the small ring nonetheless! Then a cop pulled over the semi, and that was of my fun. ... Wait a minute. Maybe this was a dream I had. ... No, maybe it was a movie I saw.
That was you?:-) Great flick.... nmDave Hickey
Oct 21, 2003 9:51 AM
I try to maintain my anonymity (nm)tarwheel
Oct 21, 2003 9:59 AM
Depends on way too many factorsKristin
Oct 21, 2003 9:59 AM
Is it truly flat? Is there a headwind? Tailwind? Group or solo? How long is the measurement??

My personal best time, I feel, was a 22-23MPH solo sprint over 2 miles of truly flat road (not a false flat). That was in my first year of riding. My first year, was my strongest year, since I was riding with racers and pushing myself hard. But I finished that summer with illness and injury as a result. I haven't ridden as much/fast since then, and that's quite all right by me.
Simple testFez
Oct 21, 2003 10:24 AM
Very simplistic test:

Either be stopped or rolling at a pretty low speed. If you can coast down it and increase your speed, its definitely too hilly. If you find yourself coasting for a long time, its also probably too hilly.

If you don't pick up speed and/or slow down, its flat enough.

Its not an exact science, and the winds are another factor, so I just use the coast test.
Top speedIronbutt
Oct 21, 2003 1:26 PM
Well, at least there's one honest woman on this board!
38-39 mph in a field sprintMR_GRUMPY
Oct 21, 2003 10:06 AM
And that was with a 13. The last 2 1/2 miles was at 32+ (Could really have used a 12)
37mph.. but it hurt (nm)george_da_trog
Oct 21, 2003 10:34 AM
About 45mphStraightblock
Oct 21, 2003 10:51 AM
re: 1216.81mi in 24hr, 50.70mph avgcyclopathic
Oct 21, 2003 12:29 PM
No, it wasn't me /sigh/

Michael Secrest, Phoenix, AZ
26 Apr 90 drafting 18-wheel truck Motor Speedway, AZ 1216.81 / 50.70
41mph in sprint Pittards RR UK this AprilCat 3 boy
Oct 21, 2003 1:38 PM
Only came 7th but it was hell of a buzz. 53x12.