I've noticed that in some instances on rough roads (ones paved by putting tar down and then pouring gravel over it) it seems that it's easier to go faster versus slower. Does this make any sense? I'm thinking that on these rough roads maybe the rolling resistance is so great that it may actually be easier to go faster.
Specifically - Today when my ride was just about over I was going down a straight on such a road keeping my cadence between 85-90 which is what I typically try to monitor. Anyway, I felt like I needed to gear down to keep the cadence up but since I was fairly close to home I said I'm just going to push hard so I actually geared up. It seemed like it was actually easier to keep the cadence up using the higher gear.
I'm certainly new to the sport, so this may just all be in my head because I made the metal decision to push harder. Just curious what others think - is there any logic to my thought about rolling resistance?