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Satge 2 of the Tour of California...avg speed 23.3 Mph. I can't beleive it. But, thats why there Pro's and I'm not!
 

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Merlin said:
Satge 2 of the Tour of California...avg speed 23.3 Mph. I can't beleive it. But, thats why there Pro's and I'm not!
That stage was flat though. Right??

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That stage was flat though. Right??

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If it was flat, they would be averaging more like 28-30mph. Tuesday had some good rollers through the east bay hills, including the 4 mile, 10% average grade, Sierra Road climb.
 

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Satge 2 of the Tour of California...avg speed 23.3 Mph. I can't beleive it. But, thats why there Pro's and I'm not!
FYI, that is EXTREMELY slow for a flat stage that finishes in a field sprint.

The other day I was reading some results on cyclingnews.com and came across some random race that was 176 km long and finished in 3:52. Thats about 110 miles with an average speed of about 28.7 mph.

The cat 4/5 field around here would kick the **** out of a bunch of turds who only average 23.3 mph on a flat road stage.
 

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FYI, that is EXTREMELY slow for a flat stage that finishes in a field sprint.

The other day I was reading some results on cyclingnews.com and came across some random race that was 176 km long and finished in 3:52. Thats about 110 miles with an average speed of about 28.7 mph.

The cat 4/5 field around here would kick the **** out of a bunch of turds who only average 23.3 mph on a flat road stage.

Just kidding about the 'flat' stage. It's probably got about 7000 feet of climbing today. Maybe more since there's so many rollers.

I actually did that last climb today. 1800 feet in 3.5 miles. Nice. Nice view though.

<img src="https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/docroot/images/stage2_profile.gif">

Here's a video from the top of Sierra road:
https://mtbr.com/author/photos/MVI_6376.avi

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When I did this post I did not know the total elevation gain for the stage , I just read the profile that Francois posted. Even I have averaged 25 mph in a flat stage in a race, but with 7k-8k of climbing......damn that's fast!
 
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