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Road Biking - Maximum Distance per day?

Rambo

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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?
 

mondeo

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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.
 

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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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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.
 
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