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Long Group ride - fast. Was dragged along

Old 08-28-11, 02:07 PM
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Long Group ride - fast. Was dragged along

I did my first long-group ride today. 52.07 miles, averaging 19.9 MPH. Its the longest ride I've done ever by about 15 miles and by far the fastest.

I've done a few group rides in the past, but the makeup of these groups were more beginner-intermediate groups where we went 25-30 miles and averaged 15 mph or so and waited up every few miles for stragglers.

After placing 3rd in my first Duathlon last weekend, the event champion (who graduated from the college I am attending 10 years back) told me to start riding with some of the faster groups on the weekends. I'm still on my college's cross country team, so I only get to ride once per week.

The first 30 miles before the stop were around 18.5-19 mph, then the 20 on the way back averaged 22 or so, with a 8 mile segment of 24+.

The couple of riders I was with were experienced riders, averaging 300+ miles per week on the saddle. I stayed in the back the entire time, trying to make sure I didn't fall off the (and then hopelessly be in the middle of nowhere). I explained my situation; I'm a runner who takes up biking as cross training, never gone this far/fast before etc. I couldn't read if they were okay with them pulling me along, but i know there was no way I'm strong enough to actually lead at those speeds.

Would you say keep going with this fast group on the weekends, even if I can't lead (yet)? I made it through without ever falling off pace.
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Old 08-28-11, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by musicmaster View Post
Would you say keep going with this fast group on the weekends, even if I can't lead (yet)? I made it through without ever falling off pace.
People differ on this of course but I have no problem with someone not pulling if they explain the situation. It does me no good if you do one pull and then just dissapear so you might as well hang out at the back and work on getting stronger. That way, next time, you can pull my dead butt up the road.

Anywho, congrats on finishing with the fast boys.
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Old 08-28-11, 02:22 PM
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regardless of your fitness, learn how to ride in the paceline, including pulling through for a short pull at the front, to avoid disrupting the flow of the group. If you aren't strong enough to do this yet, then stay just off the back, and let the group rotate in front of you....just be polite and explain that you are a new rider, seeking to learn the inner roadie truth of riding in paceline...safely

A double paceline...wind from the right (or none)...the left paceline is going a tiny bit faster than the right paceline, when you get your turn at the front you DO NOT SPEED UP....hold the pace for 30 seconds, a minute..whatever, then pull off to the right and ease up a bit so now your speed matches the right line. once you are at the back of the paceline the time will come to accelerate a bit to get on to the back of the left paceline....properly done means nobody opens any gaps, nobody overlaps wheels, nobody crashes. The rider at the front is responsible for pointing/calling out holes, glass, etc as everbody else has a good view of another riders backside, but not much else.
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If you only ride once a week and was able to hang on a group ride like that, you should start cycling more. I have a friend in a similar situation, and once he put in the miles on the bike he has crushed everyone around.
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