On Amgen's TOC web site, the "host" says that he expects the pros to do a "relatively flat" time trial in 23-28mph speeds. That sounds a tad slow to me for pros. I'd expect speeds of about 30mph for a distance that short. Am I completely off on that?
I know that the UMCA's record for a road century (100 miles) was 23.985 mph, set by Dan McGehee. Regardless of whether that was a flat road, if he can average basically 24mph for 100 miles, can't the pros do better than that for 17? (Yes, I know wind is a factor, but the Amgen guy said he didn't expect much wind).
(Edit: BTW, McGehee did the record in 80 degree weather, breaking the record he set in 95 (!!!) degree weather of 23.89mph)