Join Date: Jun 2006
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Originally Posted by hughstew
At the moment the plan is to start pedalling at 6:00am each day, ride until about 9:00pm (with 2 or 3 hours for breaks). This means we can eat, sleep and wash in reasonable comfort every night. If we average 15 mph we should make the distance. Assez simple n'est pas.
A couple of things:
In my experience (just 1200k and a few 600ks), the average speed that you'll have on the first day will not be the average speed that you will have on the second or third day. Even 8 hours of sleep cannot fully repair the strain of 15 hours of cycling; so expect that your average speed will be something more like 15 mph on day one, 14 mph on day two, 12 mph on day three, etc.
Secondly, your body knows time, not distance. Spending 116 total hours to ride a bicycle for 875 miles is a greater toll on your body than spending 84 hours. It might appear that spending 8 hours to sleep in between riding days is a blessing, but it might be less strenuous for you to just suck up the sleep deprivation and finish earlier, and save the real rest for the end.
Have they posted the control schedule for the rides? Keep in mind that even if you are physically capable of covering the distance with 8 hours of sleep every day, the control schedule requires you to arrive at certain points of the route by certain times. Keep this in mind when planning your sleep stops and your riding days. It's possible that you can arrive at control point 4 at 9 pm, wake at 6am and realize that control point 5 closes at 8am and is still 80 miles away.