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StopMeansStop
07-05-2011, 11:39 PM
Going over the hill on the Custis just before the W&L parking deck i popped it into high gear and peddled for all I was worth.

35.1 MPH

I really want to break 40 now, but just going from 34 to 35 was a challenge.

Jsnyd
07-06-2011, 06:55 AM
Nice! I have yet to go 35 downhill haha! I dont get much of a clear break away though. Too messy and bumpy near Suitland parkway. Congrats!

Tim Kelley
07-06-2011, 07:59 AM
I believe Mr. Blacknell topped 50mph going down Mt. Weather this weekend!

jrenaut
07-06-2011, 08:01 AM
My GPS told me I hit 58mph in Rock Creek Park the other day. I think it was uphill. GPS never lies, right?

OneEighth
07-06-2011, 01:00 PM
35 mph on the Custis trail?

creadinger
07-06-2011, 01:26 PM
35 mph on the Custis trail?

Yeah really... were you on the trail?

One of my favorite places to break the 40mph barrier is on River Road heading east between Seneca and Potomac. There are 2 really good hills there which, if the conditions are right I can get up to ~41.5 mph.

eminva
07-06-2011, 01:33 PM
35 mph on the Custis trail?

I think he's referring to the double hill just after Glebe Road when you are coming inbound.

I would suggest ballast -- some bricks in your backpack or panniers.

Liz

CCrew
07-06-2011, 03:02 PM
Bunch of rookies I'll tell ya. GPS doesn't lie. Mach 3 on a bike :

Max Speed: 2,401.5 mph

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52498466

And don't ask me how the heck I did it !

But all seriousness, 40mph is possible on Wilson Blvd coming down the hill from 15th St. Pretty desolate about 3am :-)

Joe Chapline
07-06-2011, 03:12 PM
Bunch of rookies I'll tell ya. GPS doesn't lie. Mach 3 on a bike :

Max Speed: 2,401.5 mph

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52498466

And don't ask me how the heck I did it !

But only for a fraction of a second.

CCrew
07-06-2011, 04:52 PM
But only for a fraction of a second.

Still counts!! You have to accept it anyway, you saw it on the internet :p LOL

PotomacCyclist
07-06-2011, 05:26 PM
Bunch of rookies I'll tell ya. GPS doesn't lie. Mach 3 on a bike :

Max Speed: 2,401.5 mph

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52498466

And don't ask me how the heck I did it !

But all seriousness, 40mph is possible on Wilson Blvd coming down the hill from 15th St. Pretty desolate about 3am :-)

I've run faster than 100 mph according to the GPS on my smartphone. Funny though. I've never been able to match that speed when using my Garmin.

SteveTheTech
07-06-2011, 08:08 PM
Going over the hill on the Custis just before the W&L parking deck i popped it into high gear and peddled for all I was worth.

35.1 MPH

I really want to break 40 now, but just going from 34 to 35 was a challenge.

Congrats, that is a feat to hit that type of speed on a trail. I'm sure it was as safe as it could be. That is a very respectable top speed, under "normal" conditions.

I have long wondered what the top speed of the common road bike was in this area...but I did not want to ask. lol I managed a speed within a few 10ths of a mph out in Middleburg Va once but try as I might I could not get any higher. I started to wonder how much it was going to cost to break 40. Seems like the wind resistance wall is right around that speed.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdWbyN_2CAc&feature=player_detailpage#t=14s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sS_0puMJ1gQ#t=3s

StopMeansStop
07-06-2011, 10:13 PM
I think he's referring to the double hill just after Glebe Road when you are coming inbound.

I would suggest ballast -- some bricks in your backpack or panniers.

Liz

Thats the spot, the 2nd hill. I carry my own ballast thankyouverymuch.

Mark Blacknell
07-07-2011, 01:07 PM
It's possible to safely aim for a high speed on that short section of the Custis, and there's no side-entry possibilities, and the upturn of the hill will quickly slow you. That said, top speed efforts are generally best left to the roads. Military Road, just north of there, is a good place for that - smooth asphalt, good sight lines, etc.

And yep, hit 51mph coming down Mt. Weather last weekend. We'll not discuss my speed going up it.

StopMeansStop
07-07-2011, 02:06 PM
It's possible to safely aim for a high speed on that short section of the Custis, and there's no side-entry possibilities, and the upturn of the hill will quickly slow you. That said, top speed efforts are generally best left to the roads. Military Road, just north of there, is a good place for that - smooth asphalt, good sight lines, etc.

And yep, hit 51mph coming down Mt. Weather last weekend. We'll not discuss my speed going up it.

I always make sure the way is clear on the top of the second hill or else I abort my speed attempt.

Greenbelt
07-07-2011, 08:09 PM
Max Speed: 2,401.5 mph

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52498466

And don't ask me how the heck I did it !

When the temperature gets below freezing, my computer goes blank except for a tiny little word at the bottom that says "sick" in those little LCD reverse characters. Cateye engineers having fun I guess.

PotomacCyclist
07-08-2011, 04:39 AM
I was watching the final miles of a sprint stage of the Tour de France on TV earlier this week. On a relatively flat road, the front guys like Fabian Cancellara were pushing about 40 mph! That's insane. While they can't sustain that kind of speed over long distances, it's astonishing that they can even get up to that speed on a flat road.

On the mountain stages, I think some of the riders approach 60 mph or even faster. You've got to be fearless to be doing that on a bike.