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Old 07-19-06, 09:35 PM
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Should I go?

Some quick stats:

I admire Dave Scott although I am not a triathlete. He is such a pioneer in his sport.
I ride a Dave Scott Ironman Centurion.
Like him, I am a vegan (at least 90% of the time)

He is coming to DFW this weekend and doing and open ride at an LBS near DFW airport.

It is going to be about 200 people (mostly triathletes) on a 50 mile ride averaging 21-22 mph.

Afterwards is a hang out session, etc. with Dave.

Problem:

I have a hard time averaging just 20 mph (usually 17.5-18.5 solo) on that kind of distance unless it is pretty flat, but there will be some hills.

Should I try and hang with that group? I'd really like to meet Dave and I imagine with that many riders, it may be much easier to hit that kind of average if I situate myself in the peleton.

Thoughts?
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Old 07-19-06, 09:37 PM
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I would definately go, 2mph isn't much and I doubt you will be the weakest rider out of 200 people. Worst case scenerio is that you show up a little late for the hang out session.
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Old 07-19-06, 09:40 PM
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I wouldn't want to ride anywhere near 200 guys on Tri/TT bikes. That just sounds like a crash waiting to happen.
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If you average 18 mph solo, 21 won't be too bad. Packs are able to sustain a higher speed with the big draft they produce. When I was a teen and racing, I only held about 17-18 mph solo, 20 if the ride was less than an hour. But I had little trouble keeping up with the Simi ride that averages 25-27, 30 on the flats! Just try to stay towards the middle of the pack as much as possible and be amazed at how they just suck you along. But be cautious in a big group. Watch the guy ahead of the guy ahead of you, and don't make ANY abrupt moves. Have fun, and get an autograph. My second road bike (and the first one I raced on) was a Centurion Ironman, and I loved it.
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I have found out that there are two rides that are shorter and slower. I'll probably end up riding in the 17-18 mph ride. The most important part is the cookout type thing afterwords where you can chitchat with him, etc. And I'm sure there will be plenty of bike pr0n.

If anyone else is interested here are more details.
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Your other option is to stay home and ride by yourself and learn nothing and meet no new people?

Hmm, you really need an answer?
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Your other option is to stay home and ride by yourself and learn nothing and meet no new people?

Hmm, you really need an answer?
Actually the other option was to do my regular group ride with my friends, but I have decided to go knowing that they have other rides a little more "my speed".

I sometimes get intimidated by crowds (in social situations) and get anxious, so I was kind of worried about that too as far as being in a crowd on a bike, but I think I will be okay.
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