- Average (road) ride speed
I tend to average around 15-16 miles an hour on my own and even when really fit I struggle to average more than 18mph solo.
This is the what my Garmin says about yesterday, I’m happy with it but I’m sure someone will come on and call me slow.
Distance: 37.17 milesPosted 6 years ago
Moving Time: 2:27:32
Avg Moving Speed: 15.1 mph
Max Speed: 31.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,842 ft
Elevation Loss: 2,512 ft
MaxElevation: 845 ft
Avg Bike Cadence: 81 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 128 rpm
I tend to ride alone (billy no mates) on the road but was wondering what a “decent” pace is for a solo rider. Over a shortish ride (50km, 600m climbing) yesterday, I averaged just short of 25kmph with me spinning along flattish sections at 30-35kmph comfortably. I know that obviously there will be a load of people on here doing 50kmph up hills and 200kmph downhill but what is a reasonable pace for a solo rider?Posted 6 years agotomdSubscriber
I’m fairly new to the road bike, and as has been said there are a lot of variables (distance, hills, weather, road surface etc). When I started I could do about 14mph avg over a moderately hilly course (Scotlandshire). Now I’m able to get up over 15mph (24kph). I think I’m still improving! With a small group the speed goes up 1-2 mph for me due the motivation and slipstreaming. At the moment I don’t think I could manage 16mph+ on my own unless it was a short flattish run.Posted 6 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Pretty much the same as JonEdwards ^^ for me, 16.5 to 18 is normal on an average road ride. By average, I tend to reckon on about 100ft of climbing per mile so if I do a 40 mile ride round here (Peaks/Cheshire border), I’d expect somewhere in the region of 4000ft climbing.Posted 6 years agoHob NobMember
On my work commute according to my Garmin I vary between 25-28kph, that’s on a 25km route with ~300m climbing.
Thats a fairly comfortable pace for me to go without trashing myself. Normally once a week I try & go for the record on the home route. Current best is 44m30s, which is 33.8kph or 21mph. I don’t think I could go for much longer at that pace though & it takes a while not to feel unwell when i’m done.
Probably not very quick at all in the grand scheme of things! I’ve put about 5kph on my average though over the last 16 months, so i’m clearly getting fitter, which is my goal 🙂Posted 6 years ago
I feel stronger this year than last but the average is a little slower. I think this is in part because on my usual route in the UK there’s a lot of long slightly downhill sections where you can keep up 35kmph for a long time. Over here the hills are steeper for the most part so it’s either mostly flat at the bottom of the valleys or winching up or hurtling down (cracked 70kmph for the first time at the weekend).Posted 6 years agojonbaMember
My averages for solo rides range from 15 to nearly 25 miles an hour.
15 for hilly winter rides and 25 for time trialling or very short intense training rides.
I’m happy with anything around 17 on a normal ride.
I ride one particular 72 mile route throughout the year. It has got some sporting hills (Bilsmore and Winter’s Gibbet). In summer I try and scrape under 4 hours. Did it the other week in 4h 40m so too many variables to compare. If you are interested then find a local sprotive or similar as that will let you compare your speed to others doing the same route in the same conditions.Posted 6 years agooldgitMember
I’d not get too hung up on it, there are too many factors involved.
Our race squad rides are hard to hang onto, but the average is rarely over 18mphPosted 6 years ago
My fastest 100km this year was in dreadful conditions?
Last week the split at 50km was 23mph average, but by 100km it was just over 17mph average.oldgitMember
Because the 100km has replaced the 100 miler. You’re probably like me and remember when a 100 miles was a normal ride.
62 mile sportive doesn’t sound like any sort of challenge, to me that’s just like doing the London to Brighton.
That said the LEJOG is a big ride in any language, I quite envy nicks type of riding.Posted 6 years agonjee20Subscriber
Well part of this is because I’m going to do the Liege Bastogne Liege challenge in a few weeks and want to have a vague idea of whether I’m going to be dropped out the back of everyone as soon as we set off.
You’ll be fine, just sit in on other riders until you get an idea of the pace and feel like doing some turns.
Pretty disappointed with myself if I end up at less than 17mph.
+1 for me, usually 17-18.5ish, but it’s so dependant on terrain and conditions it’s fairly meaningless.Posted 6 years agodruidhMember
Dibbs – Member
I live in the UK, the road distances and speed limits here are measured in MILES and MILES PER HOUR, why do people insist on using k and kph
I my case, I just got so used to using km and kph when I was hillwalking because all the maps we use are metric. That carried over into mountain biking and then into road riding.Posted 6 years agoloumMember
Rule #24 // Speeds and distances shall be referred to and measured in kilometers.
This includes while discussing cycling in the workplace with your non-cycling coworkers, serving to further mystify our sport in the web of their Neanderthalic cognitive capabilities. As the confused expression spreads across their unibrowed faces, casually mention your shaved legs. All of cycling’s monuments are measured in the metric system and as such the English system is forbidden.
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