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    • Smb3088
    • By Smb3088 10th Apr 17, 7:42 PM
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    Cycle challenge and time?
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    • 10th Apr 17, 7:42 PM
    Cycle challenge and time? 10th Apr 17 at 7:42 PM
    I'm a runner,. 5k takes me 22:30 min. I'm super fit, but I'm riding 75miles for PilgrimsHospice, I don't know what my speed is, or will be. It won't be super fast. But I will be average on the ride I think as I'm not bike fit. How long roughly is a guesstimate that an average person can cycle 75miles at a steady pace. No long breaks. Anyone care to guess how long this ought to take me to finish?
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 10th Apr 17, 8:23 PM
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    I'm guessing you are a woman looking at your 5k time. So I would say easy pace around 11-15 mph average. So 5-7 hrs?
    If you are fairly fit then you should be able to up that speed a bit.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Smb3088
    • By Smb3088 10th Apr 17, 8:45 PM
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    • 10th Apr 17, 8:45 PM
    Haha yes I'm a woman, I am quite proud of that 5k time mind you lol. I'm normally doing regular 12-13 milers, so speed is difficult to achieve at times. 5-7 hours seems realistic. Thank you for your estimate ����
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 10th Apr 17, 8:55 PM
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    I wasn't making light of the 5k time. Its quite good but if I was running that time as a guy I wouldn't consider myself superfit. I don't consider myself superfit anyway and my current 5k time is 19:26.
    I'm marathon training so doing the same as you, with long runs at the moment.

    Good luck with your cycle.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Keep pedalling
    • By Keep pedalling 10th Apr 17, 9:55 PM
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    Would take me about 6 hours, including tea and cake stop, but I am in my sixties and carrying a bit too much weight, being super fit you should be able do it in half the time, unless you have a few encounters with the puncture fairy, or the route is seriously hilly.
    • Smb3088
    • By Smb3088 11th Apr 17, 9:08 PM
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    • 11th Apr 17, 9:08 PM
    Thanks everyone, I'm thinking along the 5hour mark.. Many thanks
    • brat
    • By brat 11th Apr 17, 9:46 PM
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    How much riding have you done? What kind of bike are you riding? How hilly is the sportive? If you haven't done that kind of distance on a bike, then you might struggle to complete in 5 hours. My first sportive 4 years ago took five and a half hours for 80 miles. It was hilly, but I had already got 5000 cycling miles in my legs that year.
    Most women cyclists ride sportives at about 11 to 13 miles per hour. My advice would be to get some miles in, learn what it feels like to do 30+ miles. Practice your nutrition and hydration to avoid bonking.

    If you haven't done that kind of distance before, pace yourself and plan to finish, rather than worry too much about your time.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • Smb3088
    • By Smb3088 12th Apr 17, 8:07 PM
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    Thanks, I'm usually a runner, do about 10 miles x4 a week. Teach classes everyday including spinning. I train on a watt bike too. So I'll complete it. But not going to aim for a pb. Just wanted a guesstimate time it would take an average. Course is quite hilly. I'm riding s hired bike lol. I am doing it as a one off charity PilgrimsHospice bike event in canterbury
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    • By Angry Bear 12th Apr 17, 8:38 PM
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    Thanks, I'm usually a runner, do about 10 miles x4 a week. Teach classes everyday including spinning. I train on a watt bike too. So I'll complete it. But not going to aim for a pb. Just wanted a guesstimate time it would take an average. Course is quite hilly. I'm riding s hired bike lol. I am doing it as a one off charity PilgrimsHospice bike event in canterbury
    Originally posted by Smb3088
    I think you underestimate some of the challenges of doing a long road bike ride if you're not used to it (and even if you are used to some cycling).
    I cycle to work almost every day (7.5 miles each way) on a mountain bike. I run 10k a couple of times a week and regularly do circuit-training/strength classes at my local gym. I don't consider myself super-fit but I'm "competent".

    That being said ... I did some distance for the first time last year on a road bike. My first few times out I only did 15miles or so, and I was SORE - in places you don't want to think about (in spite of regular mountain-bike riding). So even if you think you're really fit and are sure your legs can take it, I can't recommend strongly enough getting some miles in on a bike like the one you'll be using on the day.
    Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?
    ― Sir Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015
    • brat
    • By brat 12th Apr 17, 11:13 PM
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    The route doesn't look too hilly, less than 50ft/mile, so it could be quite quick for a sportive. I'd like to think I could manage it in about 4 hours, 3.5 in a chain. I see it's at the end of this month, so be sure to let us know how you get on. 5 hours for a first effort is not impossible, but don't underestimate the challenge, especially if you're not familiar with the bike.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • Johnmcl7
    • By Johnmcl7 16th Apr 17, 12:29 AM
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    I agree with the posts above that it would be good to get some miles under your belt and break your body in a bit with the bike you'll be using. I find with longer road rides it's not so much fitness it's the issue but being hunched over the bike and with no shock absorption my wrists take a bit of a battering depending on the road surface.
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 16th Apr 17, 8:46 PM
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    Oh I agree with the above. I got back into cycling last year and bought a new road bike. I am 45, a regular gym goer, have done kettlercise classes for years and run. I was gutted at how hard I found the cycling - especially compared to DH. After a bit of practice it got easier but I am still working on it.

    I average about 13mph to be comfortable on a long ride without pushing too hard. Can do 20mph on the flat but couldnt keep that up for too long.

    Good luck with it, sounds like a worthwhile thing to do.
    • FBaby
    • By FBaby 17th Apr 17, 1:42 PM
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    You'll be fine, but might find the hardest challenge is the sore bum and lower back/shoulders pain towards the end. I would expect doing this distance in 5 hours cycling time, add 1/2 hour for stops. I do agree though that spinning is nothing like the real thing (a bit like running 1 hour four times a week on a trademill and then doing your first 1/2 marathon but it sounds like you are used to interval training and pushing yourself to the limit, so you will indeed finish ok.

    Maybe you've already done it and can tell us how well you did?
    • andygb
    • By andygb 19th Apr 17, 11:25 PM
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    Would take me about 6 hours, including tea and cake stop, but I am in my sixties and carrying a bit too much weight, being super fit you should be able do it in half the time, unless you have a few encounters with the puncture fairy, or the route is seriously hilly.
    Originally posted by Keep pedalling

    As 4 hours is the "benchmark" time for a racing cyclist on an aero bike to complete 100 miles, then I think 3 hours for 75 miles is a mere dream - which will not be achieved.
    I think that you are being a bit harsh, and I think that 5 hours is quite realistic.
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 20th Apr 17, 12:50 AM
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    Would take me about 6 hours, including tea and cake stop, but I am in my sixties and carrying a bit too much weight, being super fit you should be able do it in half the time, unless you have a few encounters with the puncture fairy, or the route is seriously hilly.
    Originally posted by Keep pedalling
    It used to take me about 6 hours of pedalling, or about 8 hours including butty stops. I was 50 at the time, BMI 19, and on flat Essex terrain.
    • Nebulous2
    • By Nebulous2 21st Apr 17, 7:54 AM
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    You certainly sound as if you have the fitness, but what you need to prepare for is endurance.

    I've really picked up my cycling this year, preparing for a very long distance event and have done quite a bit on a gym bike over the winter. That has adapted quite well to the road, now that I've moved from the gym to the road and greatly increased my distances. Issues have been mainly sore shoulders, wrists and hands. I've also been a bit 'rusty' on the bike when cornering at speed, descending and close riding with others.

    I'd say try to do some long sessions on the wattbike at lower intensity. The gym bike I was using wasn't up to wattbike standards but was quite good. I found myself looking forward to my shorter interval sessions but more reluctant to undertake longer steady ones. 90 minutes steady pace will help you. 120 minutes would be even better, but most people struggle indoors to deal with the monotony. Somehow two hours out on the bike is a warm-up, but it feels like a marathon indoors.

    Try to get the bike in advance and practice distances on it. A50- 60 mile ride a week before would set you up nicely. The adrenaline will keep you going for the rest.

    If you stop at all you'll do very well to get to 5 hours. I'd say 6 with some stops would be more realistic and would still be a very good effort for someone not used to endurance events.
    • Smb3088
    • By Smb3088 1st May 17, 6:46 PM
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    No practise everyone. I got on my hybrid yesterday. And set off. On the 45 mile route. I was hoping to do 75. But thought wiser. As I also needed to factor in getting home to walk my dog for an hour lol. 45 miles vs wind, and hills that saw ALL cyclists just about walking.. I manage 4:15 minutes cycling. Wow challenge. But not physically, that was easy. I just was kind of over it after 35 miles, mentally bored and tired. Also my bum was totally broken. So glad I just did the 45 miles. Great experience though. Ta for all the advice
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    • By TiredTrophy 1st May 17, 7:03 PM
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    Congrats on doing it.
    Now look after your butt...you might get an outbreak of spots...
    Next time, get a bike fit if possible, some padded shorts that fit and you've been out in and lots of moisturiser. It is less pai ful on the butt to actually have some climbs as you put force through the pedals more than sagging on the saddle.
    Outside is so much fun for cycling-jyst had three days in the Black Forest....slow Jill here but I get there.
    Get on Strava and join a challenge!
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