I'm trying to gauge where I am in my progress to become a better, stronger cyclist. I also swim for fitness as I am battling diabetes. In swimming, as a general rule when selecting lanes is: slow (100m in 3 mins), average (100m in 2 mins), and fast (100m in 1 min). Is there some general numbers for cycling? Slow (<15 mph), average (15mph<x<25mph) and fast (>25mph). I'm looking for road cycling numbers. I only manage 75 miles a week.
100 miles at more than 25 mph on the road is world record territory. Under 5 hours for 100 miles riding solo takes a lot of fitness and/or serious genetics. Under ten hours for a double century is impressive. Under 1 hour for 40Km (25 miles) on a standard road bike used to be what an average Cat 3 would do but the standard is probably more like 58 minutes today owing to better equipment. Do 25 miles in under 55 minutes on a standard road bike, get a Cat 5 license and ride right off the front qnd expect to be a Cat 2 soon.
15mph average on the road is probably typical for recreational riders on average roads.
Hills, road surface, temperature, stop signs, lights, and other factors make average speed comparisons not very useful.
Power and heart rate are better indicators.
Average speed menas nothing to anyone else but you. It can be a good gauge if you know that you normally do "this" route at 15 but now your hitting 16. Other than that it means nothing else to anyone. It also differs depending on what instrument you use. We will do a group ride and depending whether they have Garmins, wired computers or wireless the number will be all over the board and we all start and finish together. Plus there will be folks that tell you they ran a 18 average but it took them 1.5 hours to do 18 miles. That's because they stop which is not calculated in a computers average. So use it for yourself as a guage if you want but don't get hung up in a numbers comparison game.
Thanks all. I found this online. I have a heart rate monitor on order. I'm trying to push my average each outing.
The classes vary from social to recreational to competitive.
Most clubs would use something similar to the following:
Class A - 19 - 23 mph (common riding speeds, not average speed)
Class B - 16 - 19
Class C - 13 - 16
Class D - 10 - 13
Start with the slowest group and move up as necessary.
Originally Posted by GDawginHTown
I've stopped caring about avg speed. Normalized power is my indicator of intensity now.
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There's another average speed thread here:
Question on average speed