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Just out of curiousity...(3 posts)

Just out of curiousity...Bigburlymtnman
Apr 8, 2002 5:25 PM
I'm 15 years old, race mountain bikes very competively, and ride 10-50 miles a day on the road if that matters in the answer to my question. I want to get into road racing seriously, and I was just wondering...if, on a rolling hills ride of 40 miles or so, my average speed is around 20-22 mph, will I be able to keep up with the peloton in a junior's road race? What is their usual average speed? Thanks in advance.

re: Just out of curiousity...eschelon
Apr 9, 2002 7:12 AM
Sounds great...but are you sure about those mph numbers? Are those numbers what you perceive as the average speed over the 40 miles ridden or are these real world numbers based on your computer?

Just curious...seems like you may be padding your numbers here.
re: Just out of curiousity...brider
Apr 9, 2002 7:17 AM
While, if true, your numbers seem pretty good, realize that road racing is a whole 'nuther animal than MTB racing (which is more like a TT). Tactics, acceleration, and position will determine success as a road racer more than strength (though the strength needs to be there too). My advice is to get with a team ASAP and get into some group rides. That will illuminate any weaknesses you have as a road rider, and you can then work on them.