Sportive speeds 100miles events
Sorry this is another London 100 thread. It is still nearly 6 months away but the clock is now ticking.
I am crazy scared I will be stuck at the start behind 10,000 people and won't be able to go my own speed. The very reason that I want to do an event like this is to have a traffic free road and not be balked by cars and traffic lights, take the smoothest line on corners etc. All the best training times I have done also happen to be 'lucky' runs where I hit few or no traffic lights; my average speed goes up a lot if I don't have to stop, even if I stop my watch at traffic lights all the energy lost to braking just cuts my average. However, I am concerned it will take miles to get a bit of free road or overtake people.
I have been ambitious and said I will do the event in 5h20 which is 30kph for the whole thing. I am not sure how I will also factor in some stops to stretch my back and feet and pickup drinks, perhaps I'll need to go faster. I am planning on a bit of yoga to help.
Two of my best/longest rides have been 83km at 30.8kph and 100km at 28kph, so I am hoping to build the distance along the 30kph line until I am near my event target.
I would love to hear what sort of speeds keen sportivers can do for 100miles/160km or if you have signed up, what was your target? Do you find that a closed road event gives you a big boost due to lack of required stops? Do you think I have bitten off more than I can chew? Or will I find I have shoved my way to the front and now need to justify myself? I won't find out my start time until July but I can't stop worrying about it.