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    Could you if you wanted to?

    Ride 20 miles in under an hour on flat ground.

    I can't........at least not now and maybe never. Last summer I managed to sustain about 18mph for a few miles but that was significantly down wind with a rabbit in front of me to chase. 20 minutes of that and I was ready to die.

    I was reading about a race coming up near here and the 50+ crowd is targeted for 40 laps on a 1/2 mile stock car track. Time alloted for the race 1hr. How many here could even contemplate such a thing.

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    No; however, I think it would be fun to ride the track.

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    20 mph for an hour- That would ruin me for the rest of the ride- And where am I going to find 20 miles without hills?
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    No. Best I've done is to maintain 16-17 over 30 minutes. That was on a limestone trail on a Trek hybrid.
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    20 miles without hills wouldn't be a problem - 20 miles with nothin' but green lights would be the trick.

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    I can do it. On the track, absolutely no problem if I can manage the boredom.

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    I could do it, if you give me 30 minutes more.
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    Maybe at 02:00 A.M. on the last Sunday of October. (if that's when we set the
    clocks back next year)

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    On a track in calm conditions, I reckon I could come pretty close.

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    I'd like to find 20 meters of flat ground around here. I have a very hilly seven-mile self-made time trial loop that I topped out at about 18.4 mph.
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    Easily.

    OK, maybe not as easily as I used to , but I still can do it. In my prime, 25 miles in a hour would only net me 7th -10th place in a 40k time trial, so it's not that fast.
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    I suspect there are some more here who can do it. This would appear to be one of those magic #s that we like to set as goals to strive for (but not necessarily make) .

    My worst fear is that its flat.. No hills to climb.......great thats good right.........no downgrades either....not place to cheat, to catch a little rest. This is like a solid hour on the trainer at high intensity.

    I'm going to have to put that on the calendar to go watch. I want to see who shows up over 50 and how well they do.

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    My best has been about 17 in an hour on a MS 150 ride..almost killed me on the small hills..don't think I'll try that again.

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    Last September 20th, I rode 30.98 miles, with 1000 feet of climbing, at a 20.0 mph average. So, it would have been easy enough, then. But, 4+ weeks after my surgery, there's no way. I gave it all I had for 21.6 miles on a nice flat route last Monday, and could only average 18.1 mph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud Bent View Post
    I gave it all I had for 21.6 miles on a nice flat route last Monday, and could only average 18.1 mph.
    That's pretty darn good, though. In the Winter with tights (maybe two pair) and all of the other Winter paraphernalia, I'm happy to just plod along till warmer weather.
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    Yes, I can do it, without much pain either. I would need to replace my regular tires on my MTB with slicks though (it is a Cannondale hardtail). Because it is a really good hardtail, this isn't that surprising.

    Put me on a tandem with a good stroker and I will crush it. (I am thinking someone like Lance Armstrong would be good)

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    I rode over 7000 miles last year. I love to ride.
    But I don't think I could do 20 mph for an hour. I would be interesting to have a flat, no stop, no wind, place to try.
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    I just did it. Flat, along the coast, some headwind here and there. I had to make up time once I got on the open road, so I spent most of my time at 20-22 mph. Spent some time at 25, too.


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    If there's not too much wind it shouldn't be a problem. In fact we're considering adding longer TT's (probably a 40k) to the ones we're doing at our Speedway (only a 10 mile event now) so hopefully I'll get the chance to find out sometime this year. I can comfortably do 23 1/2 mins in a 10 mile TT on a flat track so getting in under 60 mins for 20 miles shouldn't be too bad. Finishing under 60 mins for a 40k (just 4 more miles) might be a different story though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    20 miles without hills wouldn't be a problem - 20 miles with nothin' but green lights would be the trick.
    +1 I can sustain the 20mph without stops/hills/stong head winds, but it puts me pretty close to my limit.
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    I feel a poll inside of me, wanting to get out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    I feel a poll inside of me, wanting to get out!
    Not another POLL!!!!!!!

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    If I could find a road with no red lights, no hills, no headwind, I'm pretty sure I could do that. Really pushing it, might be able to squeeze out a bit more. But that would be it for the day.

    Where did you say that road was located????

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    20 mph

    I rode a century awhile back, 24.7 mph. I thought I was going to die. By mid summer, I will ride my 20-30mile rides (very hilly) at about 18-19. Today I ride 17.5-18. It's brutal up and down. I live north of Atlanta in the foothills. If I had flat ground, I feel that 20 would be a happy spot. Also, I am a heavier masher, not tiny climber. I am at my best on slight downhills to flats when I can push a big gear and lay in the drops. It's just when the road turns back up that my compadres teach me a lesson in gravity.
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    20 mph over 20 miles, not a problem. 25 mph over 20 miles, problem. The gold standard for 40 K time trials is under one hour. Many 50+ riders can do that and better.

    Here are the results from the District 40k TT championships from last year for the 50+ men. This was a very windy day so the times are probably longer.

    Results for Master Men 50-54, winning time 55:02.7 return to top
    PLC TIME NUM NAME CLUB/SPONSOR GAP
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    1 55:02.7 197 Robert Anderson AMD/Discovery Master 0
    2 55:05.5 194 Steve Palladino Fightin' Bobas 3
    3 56:21.7 195 Paul Gossi Reno Wheelmen 1:19
    4 57:30.7 193 Ed Condit Redding Velo 2:28
    5 57:37.7 190 Kevin Willitts Alta Alpina Cycling 2:35
    6 58:36.1 176 Ted Brooks Lamorinda CC/Synergy 3:34
    7 59:00.5 182 Paul Langlois Fightin' Bobas 3:58
    8 59:10.9 184 Brian Lewis Morgan Stanley/24 hr 4:08
    9 59:44.1 189 Jim Walker Chico Velo 4:42
    10 59:45.2 191 David Stockwell San Jose BicycleClub 4:43
    11 59:50.3 181 Thomas Kellner Tuesday Velo/Team Vo 4:48
    12 1:01:17.8 192 Doug Gonda Reno Wheelmen 6:15
    13 1:01:38.2 179 Mark Holmes Stanislaus Merlock V 6:36
    14 1:01:39.2 177 Tom Field EMC2/Vellum 6:37
    15 1:02:44.6 174 Peter Stock Cal Cycling 7:42
    16 1:03:58.9 180 *Tom Johnson NA 8:56
    17 1:04:09.9 187 James Rogers Sierra Express 9:07
    18 1:04:44.8 178 Russell Hands Eagle Racing Team 9:42
    19 1:05:15.6 183 Edgar Leano Reno Wheelmen 10:13
    20 1:08:33.5 196 Manuel Borges Monticello 13:31
    21 1:09:13.6 185 David Puglia Easton/ Specialized 14:11
    22 1:11:03.5 188 William Tolhurst Easton/Specialized 16:01

    Results for Master Men 55-59, winning time 57:11.5 return to top
    PLC TIME NUM NAME CLUB/SPONSOR GAP
    -- -------- --- ---------- ---------- ----
    1 57:11.5 209 Alan Morrison San Jose BicycleClub 0
    2 57:16.8 208 Larry Wolff Webcor/Alto Velo 5
    3 1:00:03.7 207 Peter Tapscott Webcor/Alto Velo 2:52
    4 1:01:23.6 201 James Gilford Morgan Stanley/24hr 4:12
    5 1:01:29.5 205 Mark Williams Sierra Express Race 4:18
    6 1:03:34.3 202 Scott Herman Alta Alpina Cycling 6:23
    7 1:04:05.6 206 Allan King Reno Wheelmen 6:54
    8 1:04:42.7 203 William Mirbach Pen Velo/Kondra Sys 7:31

    Results for Master Men 60-64, winning time 58:21.7 return to top
    PLC TIME NUM NAME CLUB/SPONSOR GAP
    -- -------- --- ---------- ---------- ----
    1 58:21.7 219 Jim Fox TeamHammer Nutrition 0
    2 59:05.7 221 Scott Hennessy VOS Racing 44
    3 1:00:43.6 212 Lloyd Rath Mako/DeMarco 2:22
    4 1:00:59.2 220 Thomas Regan Alta Alpina 2:38
    5 1:01:05.2 218 Jack Kelso TeamHammer Nutrition 2:44
    6 1:03:07.1 215 Rob DeWitt Pacific State Bank 4:46
    7 1:06:36.9 213 Richard Bagienski Durango Wheel Club 8:15
    8 1:07:51.0 217 Gary Noe Webcor/Alto Velo 9:30
    9 1:10:17.5 216 Lothar Grahlmann Webcor/Alto Velo 11:56
    10 1:15:24.0 214 Gerald Brown Santa Cruz County CC 17:03

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