How much faster riding in a bunch?

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stevez
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How much faster riding in a bunch?

Postby stevez » Sat Dec 22, 2012 20:57 pm

I do virtually all my riding on my and generally average 16-17mph on my 50 milers.

If I were to ride in a group of say 8-10 similar standard risers what could we expect our average to go up by?

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markos1963
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Re: How much faster riding in a bunch?

Postby markos1963 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 21:02 pm

As long as you can stick close to each others wheels and do a fair share then no reason to get it up to 18-19mph for the same effort level. I generally ride at around 18-19mph and the club group I ride with can manage 19-20mph over 100 miles

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Re: How much faster riding in a bunch?

Postby oxoman » Sat Dec 22, 2012 21:30 pm

You will always find that in a group you will always go faster as you pull each other along. I find on my commute home i plod along unless is realise i'm catching up with someone then it spurs me on to pass them and keep going. Childish i know but works for me most of the time, occasionally they bite back and do the same to me. No reason why you cant increase your speed by 2 or 3 mph. When in a group its brilliant motivation as nobody wants to be a slow coach and it tends to encourage you to push yourself a bit more than you would on your own.
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Re: How much faster riding in a bunch?

Postby cougie » Sat Dec 22, 2012 21:48 pm

Yes a couple of mph extra is to be expected. Depends how hard you push and what terrain too. Over lots of hills you get split up more.

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Re: How much faster riding in a bunch?

Postby Stueys » Sat Dec 22, 2012 22:07 pm

The difference is huge, comfortably gain 2-4mph as a bunch plus a chunk of saved energy

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Re: How much faster riding in a bunch?

Postby ricky1980 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 22:39 pm

You get drafting effect as well the motivational factor. Definitely will be faster than going along solo assuming the same effort level
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Re: How much faster riding in a bunch?

Postby edhornby » Sat Dec 22, 2012 23:26 pm

as the others have said, an organised set of riders will be able to pound on and on

when you are riding in a chain you are sharing energy so the sections that you aren't at the front you get little snatches of recovery, you don't slow down taking a drink etc
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Re: How much faster riding in a bunch?

Postby DavidJB » Sun Dec 23, 2012 07:56 am

25mph ;)


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