I hear my mountain bike friends bragging about having maintained an average speed on their rides of 20+ mph. I’ve never approached that. If I break 10mph average on a singletrack ride, I consider that a success. I attributed it to the hilly terrain around me.
So decided to see exactly what I could pull off, speed wise.
I only had about a half hour to an hour for a ride, so for “fun” I decided to stick to the mostly level roads in South Park on Corrigan Drive, and see exactly what I could pull off. I kept it primarily on the highest chain rings, and went as hard as I could muster for a half hour solid. I stopped only at a single intersection, and accelerated back up to speed as quickly as I could.
Best I could do? Overall average of 15 MPH. Moving average was slightly higher, 15.7. So how do people maintain an average MPH over 20 on a mountain bike? I cannot believe that there is that much variance in how mountain bikes are geared to make a difference of 10 MPH on average.
Not that I care, I do this for fun and to me fun is a heavy climb followed by bombing hard through the woods on a slick backwoods trail. Not monitoring my BPM up and down Corrigan. I do it primarily for the fun factor.
Also interesting to note, based upon the heart rate monitor, this method was an extremely inefficient workout compared to my typical hilly rides. I never even approached my max heart rate (~190bpm), and I felt like I could have done another 10 or miles of this pretty easily. I wonder exactly how efficient my steep 10 mile loop is compared to say an average flat 5k run.. I bet it’s harder core.
8.75 miles, 900 calories, 0 OTB, 0 fun had
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