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Old 08-14-09, 08:24 PM   #1
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Group speeds

I am trying to gauge myself for a group ride. I ride 15.4-15.7 mph on my computer, but that is with a lot of stop and go traffic lights, losing big momentum to traffic lights, basically lots of traffic. I handle flats in 18-23 mph comfortably and can hang on hills. I am in shape and will try to make strides on 25 mile rides and still keep ending up in the 15.x range.
The questions is this: what do the posted averages really refer to? Average speed on flats, overall ride average?
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well considering in my locale its all flat...its avg flat pace, here...not sure about elsewhere.

if you can do 15-16 solo the 18-20 range shouldn't pose to much of a problem...IMO

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I'm sure it's total average on the ride. But it varies from group to group, I'm sure. There are some clubs that we pass while averaging 17 on a flat ride. Then there are some clubs that consider themselves friendly clubs but start out at 24 mph and the objective is to drop everyone and be the last man standing. Then there is the group ride where everyone races out at 26 mph for 2 or 3 miles then cant hold 15 for the next 70 miles!

You'd have to go out and try the ride for a sure answer.
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I typically find that a group ride will stick to advertised speed at the start of the season but as riders fitness improves over summer the average picks up a little. As Beanz said go out and try it, I will add that you should try more than one group everyone has it's own dynamics.
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Riding speed

I rode my first club ride this week and the posted speed was 12 - 15 average, but we did 26 miles at an average of 15.5mph. If I wasn't in shape I don't think I would have been able to keep up. They do have a no drop policy at this level which they may have for your ride. Try it you can only get better. The average speed covers the whole ride up and down hills. ECB1
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I rode a route this morning that I usually average 13-14 mph on by myself. This morning I was in a group of 8. I averaged 17 mph exactly.

So, if you ride in a group and ride close enough to draft, expect to see your average go up a couple mpg easy.
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