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Do you ride faster in a race?(9 posts)

Do you ride faster in a race?ALLEN
Jul 5, 2001 10:24 PM
When I train, I usually average around 19 mph, and I'm usually fatigued when I get done, (not severly though, but enough to make me want to go home). Come race-day, I average around 21 mph, and I don't feel fatigued at the end of the race. Is that weird?
hell yeah!Duane Gran
Jul 6, 2001 6:17 AM
Most definitely I ride faster in a race, but if you don't feel fatigued at the end of the race you should have went harder. ;) If you train alone, figure that the group will provide lots of wind shelter and keep things moving.

I have noticed this effect several times. For example, in a race my heart rate will rarely go under 160bpm, however in my training sometimes I'm knocking myself out to try to hold a 165bpm pace for intervals. Go figure?
re: Do you ride faster in a race?Taylor_A
Jul 6, 2001 3:17 PM
In addition to the pack blocking some of the wind, you probably also have the adrenaline pumping.
faster than what?Dog
Jul 6, 2001 3:57 PM
Averages don't mean much.

I've done some road races that were absolute hell, with hills and jumps, interspersed with a big group plodding along, and 27 mph pack races at a 50% heartrate.

You should always be doing some riding faster, as well as slower, than your anticipated race pace. You need some 30 mph riding as well at 15 mph riding.

Finally, if you feel fresh at the end of a race, you weren't racing.

faster than what?ALLEN
Jul 6, 2001 9:43 PM
Actually, most of the races that I have done are more difficult than my training rides.

BTW, the last race I did was 62 miles, I came in 11th out of about 450 and I felt "fresh" at the end of the race... that's not racing?

Have a nice weekend,
good raceDog
Jul 7, 2001 11:30 AM
That sounds pretty good. Man, that's a large field -- 450.

I just have never felt "fresh" at the end of a race. If I'm anything close to fresh with 400 yards to go, I'll be completely spent in the sprint and heaving my guts out after the finish. Maybe you mean fresh near the end, not right after the finish. That would make complete sense.

Organized ride vs. raceBipedZed
Jul 7, 2001 11:49 AM
I could be wrong, but it sounds like you are talking about an organized ride rather than a sanctioned mass start road race, unless you are talking about a bike leg of a multisport event or a long ITT. To finish 11th you would either have to be off the front in a break or finish in a bunch sprint, either way, it's doubtful the pack only averaged 21mph for the race. Plus, organizers usually place a field size limits to each category, with 450 being extremely unlikely.

Sure you're not talking about a metric century?
Organized ride vs. raceALLEN
Jul 7, 2001 4:43 PM
The reason the pack only averaged 21 mph was because it was very, very hilly. This was an advantage for me...I weigh only 120 lbs. I think that's why I did well.

There were two guys way in front of the pack who averaged, (if I remember right), 22.2 mph.

BTW, It was an organized ride. Sorry about that, I don't know why I called it a race.
Jul 7, 2001 8:03 PM
Ok, that makes sense. Still, that's not a bad average. Probably not a big pack sprint at the end. That explains not being spent.