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They don't start slow because they are on a fixed gear (track) bike. They start slow because they are trying to coax the other rider into starting the sprint for the finish line before they do. The advantage is typically given to the rider behind the other because you have not only the element of surprise, but you also get a draft off the person in front. ...


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Rounding slightly to make the math easier (And all paces taken from the conversion machine at the Cool Running site: At 20 mph, you are covering 100m every 11 seconds. At 25mph, you are covering 100m every 9 seconds. (And yes, I'm mixing mph and meters). So the one going faster is gaining 2 seconds every 100m, so a 30 second gap will be bridged in 1500m. ...


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(MTB rider here, XC & DH, with little road exp.). There is a certain speed for which up to that speed you should pedal, above it you gain more from adopting the most aerodynamic position and use gravity the best you can. In my case I find this speed by trial and error in specific circumstances, because it changes according to slope, terrain, bike and ...


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I have no idea if it's efficient or powerful but I do know that ever since I was a kid right up until now it is pure FUN to pedal as fast as I can, get as much speed as I can, and then see how far it it carry me. Simple arithmetic.


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Here's a good article from a man who knows a thing or two: Coast or Pedal on a Downhill?, Joe Friel Aug-10 Key thing from the article is reference to a 50-40-30-20-10 rule: Coast (and focus on getting aero) at >50km/h Pedal easy at >40km/h Pedal steady at >30km/h Pedal moderately hard at >20km/h Pedal hard at >10km/h This lends itself more to racing ...


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how much time is required to close a gap of 100 metres, in a cycling race, for different differences in speed of leading and chasing group For a speed difference of 1 metre per second, the time is 100 seconds. For a speed difference of 2 metres per second, the time is 50 seconds. For a speed difference of 0.5 metres per second, the time is 200 ...


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Staying in the middle is the worst thing to do as you can get boxed in unable to sprint your way out of trouble and the riders at the back can come around the top of you and drop you. You are reasonably safe at the front until there are fairly few riders left as it will be difficult for the whole group to come around you and you can sprint your way out of ...



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