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    How fast is fast?

    I know that a cyclists' speeds aren't directly indicative of the power they put out, given the myriad of other variables (weight of rider, weight of bike, wind, etc.). Let's admit it though: speed's what we like. I don't care if you're way stronger than me and 200 lbs. I just had an appendectomy, lost 15 lbs (I've gained back 5, to 155) and move like a mofo despite being weaker than ever.

    All this being said, I was just wondering what a good top speed is. How fast can top riders maintain on flats? Good recreational riders? Just curious, and looking for a goal.

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    In before ludicrous speed.

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    Don't ask, it'll just depress you how much faster than you the pros can ride, and for how long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    oh boy.
    Yeah, these threads are the absolute best....

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    Serious answer: Break an hour for 40k without spending 40k on equipment to do so.

    Funny answer: You're talking speed in the road cycling forum. Everybody is fast here. Out on the road, not so much.

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    2200 miles in 21 days, average speed 25mph.

    That will win you the TdF.

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    If you're faster than me, you're fast. If you're not, you suck.

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    I'm so fast I can ride through a car wash and not get wet!

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    As long as you stay in front of everyone else, it doesn't matter how fast you're going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazingpedals View Post
    if you're faster than me, you're fast. If you're not, you suck.

    I think that everyone uses this rule.

    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by MongoosePaver View Post
    "fast-paced criterium race in the Pro ranks here in the US is only in the upper 20's, and that's for an hour."
    go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MongoosePaver View Post
    "fast-paced criterium race in the Pro ranks here in the US is only in the upper 20's, and that's for an hour."
    I don't know what you think you are "quoting", but I've seen 90 minute pro/1/2 crits average in the low 30s...

    Heck, I was in a crit (tailgunning) that was 29mph for almost an hour.

    And about a month ago did 3 crits nearly back to back that together was over 60 miles at 27 mph.

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    Last night we were doing 21-25mph for about 12 miles. I thought we were going sorta fast, until I hear a little "ding ding!" on the left, and the two of us on our road bikes got totally blasted by a dude on a foldie.

    Then I felt slow. Extraordinarily slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MongoosePaver View Post
    "fast-paced criterium race in the Pro ranks here in the US is only in the upper 20's, and that's for an hour."
    LOLz .. Try mid 30s for an hour. And that was at a crit I did that only contained 1/2 dozen of ex US pro's a few weeks back. I bet a full NRC caliber and higher field would do mid 30s for an hour like you do a warm up.. easy.
    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
    Serious answer: Break an hour for 40k without spending 40k on equipment to do so.
    I concur. I like this answer.

    In general I look at speed this way - If you're riding with the people you want to ride with and you are leaving it all out on the road and you're able to stick in, be competitive and mix stuff up every now and then - then you're fast enough for what you want to do.

    There will ALWAYS be someone faster out there.

    In my case there will always be tons of faster people out there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MongoosePaver View Post
    As you do more miles that average goes down. I think the TDF averaged 25mph. I find that more remarkable considering the climbing they go through, and considering the miles they run, like 2200 total or something.
    Werd. Averaging 25mph isn't THAT big of a deal around here in the land of the flat, but considering how much climbing they do, its crazy how fast they are. Remember, they're scaling 2 mountain ranges.


    Short answer to whats fast?: 13 mph....up a 10% grade....for 8-10 miles....after 16 days of riding = 1800 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MongoosePaver View Post
    2009 Tour of California UCI America TourRace details / Dates February 1422 2009 / Stages 8 & Prologue Distance / 780.44 mi (1,256 km)Winning time31h 28' 21" (24.798 mph/39.909 km/h)
    You realize that was uphill right? What are you trying to prove?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MongoosePaver View Post
    As you do more miles that average goes down. I think the TDF averaged 25mph. I find that more remarkable considering the climbing they go through, and considering the miles they run, like 2200 total or something.
    So I completely discounted your previous post and you reply with something irrelevant. Bottom line is even a cat 5 crit will likely be in the mid-to-high 20s. The elite nationals road race last year was I believe 26 mph for over 100 miles and that's on a hilly course without any pros.

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