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A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING what is considered "fast"?

Old 08-22-08, 02:13 PM
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A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING what is considered "fast"?

What has been the best speed you've maintained for the longest amount of time? And what were the road conditions like

Thanks am trying to set my goals
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Really you just need to focus on turning your dial to 445 watts.
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500 . . . 500 watts, that's the ticket.
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Mostly flat and mostly windless ~21 Mph for 36 miles. Solo.
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Originally Posted by munkyv22 View Post
Mostly flat and mostly windless ~21 Mph for 36 miles. Solo.
That would be unattainably quick for me. I'd say that that is fast.
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Old 08-22-08, 02:21 PM
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my best thus far was a 32 km/h average over 80 kilometers. in a paceline, not solo.

my slowest uphill was 5 km/h.
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Half a wheel faster than the other guy.
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Personal solo best is 20.1 mph for 30.5 miles. Solo, relatively flat, cool, low humidity, calm.

Typical solo, upper 18, lower 19 average, anything from 20 - 60 miles.

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What has been the best speed you've maintained for the longest amount of time? And what were the road conditions like

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2008 SCNCA State ITT Championships 23.5 miles 59:21 flat course light wind. I was one of the slow guys.
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Anybody that can pass me is fast.
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8 mile loop, 26.9mph (TT)

In a crit, 28.3mph for 60 minutes.
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Seriously, the thing that made the most difference was being able to handle the surges: from 20 to 24, from 25 to 30, from 30 to 35.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
8 mile loop, 26.9mph (TT)

In a crit, 28.3mph for 60 minutes.
What 'cat' does that make you?

My fastest was in the bike leg of a tri - 21.6 mph for 12.5 miles.
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Completely subjective, yet reasonable goals to be considered a 'fast' cyclist:

25 miles/40 km in one hour on a loop.
Alpe d'Huez or its equivalent (~1100 m of climbing) in one hour.
Winning a CAT4 race.

Anything less is certainly not "fast". Some will argue these are not stringent enough.
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Originally Posted by dennis_said View Post
What has been the best speed you've maintained for the longest amount of time?
Average 40mph for 12 miles

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And what were the road conditions like
Sloping downward at a severe angle.
Were it not for the numerous switchbacks, the average would have been higher.
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I consider waterrockets fast.


...on the other hand, I fall over at less than 3mph.
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A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING what is considered "fast"?
The time it takes for a GP thread to get out of hand in the roadie forum.
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About 107,000 kph, 42 years.

Sitting on the earth as it goes through space around the sun.
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Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
What 'cat' does that make you?

My fastest was in the bike leg of a tri - 21.6 mph for 12.5 miles.
Well, you get your category from race results and upgrade requests. I'm a Cat 3 now, but I'm accumulating my Cat 2 points, and should be racing as a 2 in 2009.
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I also consider Waterrockets to be fast.
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I did 27.3 mph for 10 miles out-and-back in a tri a few weeks ago (windy, but deadpan flat). I guess I could do a little over 28 in a normal TT. I consider at least 2 mph of that to be bought-and-paid-for speed.
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56 mph downhill for 2 miles. That was really fast.
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You're seriously trying to set goals based off of what strangers on the internet may, or may not have done? If you want to set goals on 'how fast for how long', get a power meter.
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"Fast" is very personal. "Fast" to me means faster than me. I don't consider myself fast because I am so modest.
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Is that you Regnad Kcin?
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