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Cycle speed

June 2, 2005

I just read Dimitri’s blog about times and whether they should include when you stop or not. I’m also somewhat humbled that Dimitri is impressed with my recent cycling achievements; since his are much more impressive 220km @ 31.4kph (136.7 miles @ 19.2mph) is fast by my standards.

For a timed race, like the Felice Gimondi where there was official timing run via transponders, then that is your time. That my speedometer showed me as five minutes faster is not the point. Although I was disappointed that they did not provide both the time from when the gun went off and the time from when you crossed the start line as for those of us at the back the difference was considerable. This was one of the reasons I wanted to complete the ride non stop.

On the other hand my times home are based on the computer which will stop timing if I am stationary for more than 2 seconds. So at traffic lights or any other stop I loose the time due to slowing and stopping plus 2 seconds and then the time accelerating again. Since any race that is going on is against me and me alone I get to set the rules. The rules remain that I have to stay within the law and not endanger anyone, I even keep the speed below 20mph when on campus even though strictly speed limits don’t apply to bikes.



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Cycle speed

June 2, 2005

I just read Dimitri’s blog about times and whether they should include when you stop or not. I’m also somewhat humbled that Dimitri is impressed with my recent cycling achievements; since his are much more impressive 220km @ 31.4kph (136.7 miles @ 19.2mph) is fast by my standards.

For a timed race, like the Felice Gimondi where there was official timing run via transponders, then that is your time. That my speedometer showed me as five minutes faster is not the point. Although I was disappointed that they did not provide both the time from when the gun went off and the time from when you crossed the start line as for those of us at the back the difference was considerable. This was one of the reasons I wanted to complete the ride non stop.

On the other hand my times home are based on the computer which will stop timing if I am stationary for more than 2 seconds. So at traffic lights or any other stop I loose the time due to slowing and stopping plus 2 seconds and then the time accelerating again. Since any race that is going on is against me and me alone I get to set the rules. The rules remain that I have to stay within the law and not endanger anyone, I even keep the speed below 20mph when on campus even though strictly speed limits don’t apply to bikes.



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2 Comments
  1. alecm permalink

    I even keep the speed below 20mph when on campus even though strictly speed limits don’t apply to bikes.
    Actually, I am not sure that’s correct. I believe that speed limits (at least on public roads) apply to all vehicles, mechanically propelled or not… Time to check the Highway Code.

  2. Nope, the only public roads for which speed limits apply to cyclists are in the royal parks. The Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, which I can’t find online, covers it.
    The act is quite clear about limits only applying to motor vehicles.

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