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    The ways pros ride

    I am sure there are a lot of pros or former pros here and have a few questions.
    I have done many searches but only turned up with a few views.

    I am a simple commuter and ride my old Peugeots' at night and on the weekends, but everywhere I go I cycle only about 1000-1500 miles per month.

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    Over 1000 miles per month is not an insignificant amount of riding.
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    Are you asking about the typical training mileage for pro riders?
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    are there a lot of pros or former pros here?

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    I am a professional. (Just not at riding my bike.)
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    !500 miles a month is 50 miles a day. For most racing purposes that is more than enough unless you're talking top level. But they have to be training miles and not commute miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclintom View Post
    !500 miles a month is 50 miles a day. For most racing purposes that is more than enough unless you're talking top level. But they have to be training miles and not commute miles.
    That depends on your commute. If I were to bike the hilly 30 miles each way to work instead of drive, it would improve my cycling performance no matter how fast or slow I chose to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    Over 1000 miles per month is not an insignificant amount of riding.
    Converted to Troll miles, it's not so much.
    Last edited by whitemax; 06-07-13 at 04:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
    Converted to Troll miles, it's not so much.
    Must work like average speed on this forum, I suppose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclintom View Post
    !500 miles a month is 50 miles a day. For most racing purposes that is more than enough unless you're talking top level. But they have to be training miles and not commute miles.
    It is possible to combine commuting and training. Most of the racers I know do so. Of course, they are all amateurs.
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    This hasn't much to do with pro cycling for the fans, has it?
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    I'm not even sure what the OP was asking. My impression was his question has not been asked yet and was first trying to see if there were any former pros here.
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    I'm not a professional, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
    Converted to Troll miles, it's not so much.
    You caught the "only" too, huh?

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    In his other comments, OP sounds as a pretty hardcore all-weather commuter, and he's in South Dakota, 1000 miles/month may be within reach.

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    In my 20s and 30s I occasionally rode 200+ mp week during the summer and knew of people that rode 300+ and finished centuries in a little over 4 hours (not me). Hell that was in Amarillo Texas. So I'm guessing pros are going to ride 400+++.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclintom View Post
    !500 miles a month is 50 miles a day. For most racing purposes that is more than enough unless you're talking top level. But they have to be training miles and not commute miles.
    Am I the only who doesn't see the math adding up here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
    Am I the only who doesn't see the math adding up here?
    Dude hit his shift key, lol.....1500 and without knowing what they actually do ride, I'd say the quality of those miles should make a big difference.
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    OP, yes I think that is an accurate assessment.
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    Thanks guys for putting up with me, as I am a simple commuter,
    My mileage to this day of June 28th is 1480 miles and I am no pro.

    I read books and posts here (most of them are bs drama queen crap),
    but I have learned so much.
    Thanks to all, as I improved my cadence from 90-100 and my knees feel better.

    Sorry if my posts are not clear, but I am an in awe of the top cyclists and hope to learn from them.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Anquetil)
    Is my hero..
    Old school like my Peugeot PX-10.
    '

    My commuting speed is approx 16-18mph, this is in the Dakotas' through snow,rain, wind(15-40mph gusts) cold (minus 20) hot (plus 100 with humidity)..slow yeah but...lol

    Set my alarm to watch the opening of TDF, Most people I know think of cycling as not a real sport, a bunch of kids riding their bikes...whatever
    No comment here, kind of like explaining advanced physics to a child....

    Sorry for the rant, Just got home from a 60 mile ride and need sleep..

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