Road Biking - Maximum Distance per day?

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    Road Biking - Maximum Distance per day?

    I have been road biking for almost 2 years and have built up my stamina to where I can go 38 miles out and 38 miles back for a total of 76 miles in one day.

    I may be able to build and work up to be able to go a little furthur, like say 45 miles out and 45 back or 90 miles total.

    I have a feeling thast if I tried for 100 miles in one day, it would put too much strain on my knees.

    So I was wondering what kind maximum distance others have traveled in one day?


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    Most I've ever done was 82, last year. Rule of thumb is increase distance 10% per week. I start out every summer with a ride to feel out where I am, and then go from there. Up to 67 yesterday and felt decent, gonna try for 70-75 tomorrow.
    2009-2010:
    Killington: 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/6, 12/10, 12/12, 12/13, 12/22, 12/23, 1/1, 1/2, 1/9, 1/10, 1/23, 1/24 (15)

    Ski Sundown: 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/24, 12/30, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/11 - 1/22, 1/26-1/30 (27)
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    WNY XC/NELSAP BC: 12/29 (1)

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    As far as distance, I've done a century and then a bunch of 75-80. But distance is just one factor....elevation gain as well as exertion level. There is a big difference in just 2-3 mph avg. speed over the course of a (longer) ride.

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    The most I've done is 113 hilly miles in Colorado. I do 5-6 Centuries a year but I'm not into extremely high mile days. My brother is a member of Randonneurs USA http://www.rusa.org
    They do ridiculously high mile rides. I think their shortest event is a double metric Century (200K) but most of their events are 300K and up.

    Marcski is right about the elevation being a major factor. I've done 55-60 mile rides that are much more difficult than some flat Centuries I've done. If you decide to try a century do a flat one first. Like the Flattest Century in the East hosted by Narragansett Bay wheelmen or The Seacoast Century hosted by The Granite State Wheelmen. If you can do a 70-80 mile ride you could easily do these centuries.

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    Effort etc all being equal, +1 on the 10% rule.

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    There isn't a "maximum distance" per se, as pointed out by mlctvt. I've done a lot of centuries where at the end, I still have legs left but my butt was protesting (usually early season). Or I simply run out of daylight (usually late fall).

    It's really just a matter of how many hours you're willing to sit on the saddle and how fast you can ride (sustain) per hour.

    If your knee "can't take it" beyond 70-80 mi, there's something wrong with your riding positing or gearing. Or both. Get it looked at before you do more demage.
    Last edited by abc; Jul 10, 2010 at 11:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    So I was wondering what kind maximum distance others have traveled in one day?
    206 miles, 13.5k ft gain.
    Making sanity obsolete since 1982...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    206 miles, 13.5k ft gain.
    you must have not been feeling that great that day, marc....I'm surprised its so few miles for you.

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