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    How long does it take you to cycle 13 miles?

    I've just started road cycling and been doing a short route which is 13 miles and timing myself. Just wanted to know what you guys do this distance in so I have something to aim for!

    Thanks

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    I live in a dense urban area, and all of my rides average right around 13MPH, so I would say it would be entirely dependent on what kind of roads/trails/MUP's you are riding on.

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    Somewhere between 20 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the terrain.

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    Before you're inundated with "Not another average speed thread responses" I suggest you search for the term and see the vitriol it inspires on this forum. Anyhow, the proper answer is that it doesn't matter, and you should just be riding and enjoying yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urthwhyte View Post
    Before you're inundated with "Not another average speed thread responses" I suggest you search for the term and see the vitriol it inspires on this forum. Anyhow, the proper answer is that it doesn't matter, and you should just be riding and enjoying yourself.
    Why doesn't it matter? Improving my time is part of the enjoyment for me.

    If people don't like the thread I'm not forcing them to post in it! Just curious as to what people's times were.

    To the guy above - let's just say a smooth, flat road, fairly busy (but no traffic). Thanks for any replies

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    13 miles hmm. was it totally flat? hilly? what gradient? city miles? what time of day? what day? traffic conditions? sunny? rainy? you want me to go on? do you see the endless variables that affect time for certain distance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls0725 View Post
    13 miles hmm. was it totally flat? hilly? what gradient? city miles? what time of day? what day? traffic conditions? sunny? rainy? you want me to go on? do you see the endless variables that affect time for certain distance?
    posted above

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    as everyone else has stated, it's totally dependent on the conditions of the route you are riding.

    could be anywhere from 35 minutes to an 60 minutes depending on climbs and other factors

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    About 40-45 mins at a normal (for me) pace.

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    My lunch route is 14.27 miles; half of it is on an MUP, the other half a wide open street (cars but no pedestrians). Very flat, except a couple of overpasses. On average it takes me 52 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noise boy View Post
    I live in a dense urban area, and all of my rides average right around 13MPH, so I would say it would be entirely dependent on what kind of roads/trails/MUP's you are riding on.
    +1

    I tend to average around 13 mph too.
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    Mark Cavendish on his TdF sprint or timetrial bike = 23 minutes. Me on my mountain bike = 60 minutes. Any of us on road bikes = somewhere in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    +1

    I tend to average around 13 mph too.
    It used to bother me, but now I don't care. I rarely ride the same route twice so I have decided it is what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
    If you are timing yourself, then try to go faster the next time. Try to top your own accomplishments, not someone else's.
    Best answer here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shankly View Post
    I've just started road cycling and been doing a short route which is 13 miles and timing myself. Just wanted to know what you guys do this distance in so I have something to aim for!

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    Just keep trying to get faster. If you really want to know how you are doing, go ahead and enter a CAT5 race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
    Mark Cavendish on his TdF sprint or timetrial bike = 23 minutes. Me on my mountain bike = 60 minutes. Any of us on road bikes = somewhere in between.
    So he went 33.91mph for 13 miles?
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    It takes me 13 miles to cover 13 miles, no matter how fast I pedal.
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    to the op, I won't be a condescending prick like most here love to be. They all undestand what yo uwant to know and are just choosing to be smartasses. Yes it's true that there are always going to be variables. some days your into the wind, some days its at your back. that alone will make a huge difference. I live in NYC so there are rarely places where i can ride uninterrupted. Its exactly a 13 mile ride to my golf course riding thorugh manhattan and the bronx. It takes me about 52 minutes to do that ride.

    there is a 6.1 mile loop in central park that is one of the few places you can ride completely uninterrupted. I can do two laps there in right around 40 minutes. so you can see there is a 12 minute variable just based on traffic. I should also add that usually when i ride in the park, I'm riding for time and I'm pushing myself. I will also add that I'm a clyde weighing well above 200lbs. It helps a ton going downhills but hurts a whole lot more going up them!

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    Listen to tagaproject advice. In addition (assuming you are in good shape with no medical limitations) I would add try to work in 3 wind sprints (accelerate to max and hold for as long as possible, till you are totally spent) then rest for 5 or 10 min. Repeat. If you have hills on the ride, sprint the hills.

    Try to do this at least once a week. You will be amazed how quickly your speed and endurance will improve.
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