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Can you ride as fast as the TTT guys in the TdF? (34mph!)

Old 07-03-11, 10:51 PM
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Can you ride as fast as the TTT guys in the TdF? (34mph!)

Can you man up and ride as fast as the TTT winners on stage 2 of this year's TdF?

They averaged 55kph, or 34 friggin' miles per hour on a flat course. So they were likely doing 36,37,38 on some sections.

I can hit 34mph on a legit flat for less than a second. Then I roll to the side of the road to die.
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I hit 30 on a flat sprint and when I let up I die... hehe. I need a downhill to hit 35... But I'm new to the sport... So yeah.. Also those speeds are in a pack, pack speeds are faster than solo. Never done a group ride so don't know what the difference would be for me.
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I can hit about 28-29 tops for a brief period. Then, I too, die.
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I was watching this and thinking back of lemond in 89 averaging the same speed in final TT, 54.55 km/h (34.52 mph)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWyfb3H7LEg
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I do it daily, for extended periods, in my dreams.
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for about 10s, yes
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Originally Posted by socalrider
I was watching this and thinking back of lemond in 89 averaging the same speed in final TT, 54.55 km/h (34.52 mph)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWyfb3H7LEg
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I have heard some controversy over the assistance of a tailwind, but regardless that is an amazing time indeed and the distance was 15.5miles long, a tad bit longer than the TTT.

I cannot go that fast. Brief 27-29mph on solo flats with a tail wind, then I die.
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone
I do it daily, for extended periods, in my dreams.
LOL...nicely done!
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I doubt it, hit 30.2mph max in a 1/2 mile sprint Saturday during a day of riding 70 miles. Rode the same distance yesterday and tried another sprint and only hit 29.7 mph. Today will be the 3rd consecutive day of 70 miles I'll try it again just to see how the body is holding up. Now coming down the mountains that would be a piece of cake...
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My top speed in a flat sprint was 31....I wanted to die
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Sure, in a group 34mph is no problem. Would be a hell of a group though and wouldn't last very long.
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I can be a pro for about 10 seconds and my bike weighs like a lot (22 Lb). After that it's 15mph for about a minute.
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Only drafting a truck, downhill, with a tailwind.
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So all the guys on here that claim their "B group" shop ride averages 34mph are bull****ting, huh?
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I can do 30 for about 30 seconds, before I shift into the big ring and go faster.
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I have never hit that alone on flat ground ... yet.
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR
I have never hit that alone on flat ground ... yet.
? but u averaged 31.x mph for a mile how can u not have ever hit 34 mph
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I have done 42 mph on flat for a few seconds. In my last road race the lead group I was in keep 28 to 31 mph in speed. I stayed with them for 20 miles then fell off the back. I completed the 60.5 miles road race in 2 hours and 47 minutes. Don't know if that is good or not, but I was on Speacilized Roval Pave sl wheelset and 25c tires, LOL
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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining
? but u averaged 31.x mph for a mile how can u not have ever hit 34 mph
I never said 31.
I said 30.6 and I also said there might have been a tailwind I didn't know of.
In a good TT position with 0.25 drag area you need about 450 Watts to average 30.6 over one mile ... this is for only 2 minutes ... after that the anaerobic power is completely exhausted and you can hardly move for a while
To solo reach a speed of 55km/h or 34.3MPH like in the TTT of the TdF you would need well over 600 Watts.
So that's about 150 Watts more ... a huge difference.
I'm also not a sprinting type of guy trying to hit a certain number for a few seconds.
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got an original mark cavendish here
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1
So they were likely doing 35-40 mph most of the time
Fixed for accuracy. And no, only a team of world-class pros in full TT gear can go that fast you friggin Fred Dolts.
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my top sprint speed is 32.5 for about the same 10 seconds as everyone else... want to suck the air out of the atmosphere afterwards though....
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