View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava

41.5km/h average speed for 255.2km, and a few KOMs along the way

by David Arthur   April 15, 2014  

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On Sunday Niki Terpstra timed his attack in the closing stages of Paris-Roubaix to perfection to clinch his first victory in a Monument, and now that he has recovered, he's uploaded his ride to Strava so we can gaze in amazement at the full details of his achievement.

There are quite a few professional cyclists on Strava and they're constantly uploading training and race activities, providing us all with a glimpse into just how fast these athletes are cycling, something that would have been unimaginable 10 years ago. This transparency has been one of the best things to come out of the popuarity of sites like Strava making it easy to share rides and races.

So, Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride then. He covered 255.2km in 6hrs 9mins 7secs, quite a staggering pace. The race was a fast edition, with good conditions, although his average speed of 41.5km/h was some way shy of the fastest ever edition of the race,  that crown is held by Peter Post who in 1964 averaged 45.129km/h. Terpstra wasn't using a power meter so there is no power data which would be fascinating. A lot of riders simply race on feel in a race like this.

Anyway, go take a look at his ride in detail, http://www.strava.com/activities/130432764 and give him some kudos while there. He's currently on 2603.

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posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
15th April 2014 - 20:31

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Is it that Terpstra doesn't use a power-meter, or actually that he strips the power data out before making it public (easy to do)? Finding it hard to believe he doesn't have a power meter.

posted by Paul J [680 posts]
15th April 2014 - 20:34

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Impressive ride, both strength and opportunism, to say the least. Chapeau Terpstra!

I'm going to take from it, that on a ride of similar length and climbing (last years RideLondon100) my average speed was ONLY 10-11 Kph slower. Cool

posted by dgcorp [10 posts]
15th April 2014 - 20:48

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Paul J wrote:
Is it that Terpstra doesn't use a power-meter, or actually that he strips the power data out before making it public (easy to do)? Finding it hard to believe he doesn't have a power meter.

He had no power meter on his race bike that he finished on. He'll have one for training and maybe for other races, but he didn't use one at PR

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posted by David Arthur [1762 posts]
15th April 2014 - 20:57

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Not all pros use a power meter. Tommy Voeckler doesn't even run a speedo most of the time Wink

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7506 posts]
15th April 2014 - 21:59

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More awesome than awesome. It puts it in perspective that this evening we did a chain gang at 39km/h for 1:15 - 49km. So he did 5 times as far, faster... on cobbles for 60k or so !!! unreal.

posted by edster99 [207 posts]
15th April 2014 - 22:01

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Paul J wrote:
Is it that Terpstra doesn't use a power-meter, or actually that he strips the power data out before making it public (easy to do)? Finding it hard to believe he doesn't have a power meter.

They'll use power meters in training but power in a race is normally the domain of mountain climbers.

It's a little surprising he was able to download the whole race; they don;t normally swap their Garmins over when changing bikes.

As an aside, the chances of anyone using a power meter at PR are pretty slim. Another thing to get battered, break and go wrong.

posted by Gordy748 [98 posts]
15th April 2014 - 22:19

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Dave Atkinson wrote:
Not all pros use a power meter. Tommy Voeckler doesn't even run a speedo most of the time Wink

He defines effort by how much that tongue is out!

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posted by glynr36 [506 posts]
15th April 2014 - 22:20

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His average was 45.49 km/h according to Official timing on Eurosport as he crossed the line which would best the previous record.

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posted by Shamblesuk [122 posts]
16th April 2014 - 3:26

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glynr36 wrote:
He defines effort by how much that tongue is out!

True! He also measures his HR by how much he murmurs to himself while climbing.

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posted by mikroos [197 posts]
16th April 2014 - 5:14

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He was using a Garmin GPS (Edge 500), so I wouldn't read too much into the result. Rolling On The Floor

posted by wellcoordinated [102 posts]
16th April 2014 - 6:48

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No power data? well first over the line surely means he had more than anyone else!

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posted by antonio [1018 posts]
16th April 2014 - 8:11

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Dont give it Kudos or comment on it! I keep getting notification after notification ( all through the night) Have tried turning evreything off to stop it.

Any ideas? might delete the app! im a such a div!

posted by mickcee [38 posts]
16th April 2014 - 8:50

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dgcorp wrote:
I'm going to take from it, that on a ride of similar length and climbing (last years RideLondon100) my average speed was ONLY 10-11 Kph slower. Cool

Similar length? Shurely some mishtake?

posted by surly_by_name [177 posts]
16th April 2014 - 11:56

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On the iPhone app you can change the notification settings. More -- Settings -- Preferences-Notifications.

Presume there's something similar in the Android app.

posted by ceco [2 posts]
16th April 2014 - 16:21

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antonio wrote:
No power data? well first over the line surely means he had more than anyone else!

No, it doesn't! Winning a bike race isn't just a matter of who puts out the most power.

posted by Mr Turning [45 posts]
16th April 2014 - 16:28

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Ive thought that too and thought; Fantastic.. Crying Day Dreaming At Wits End

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posted by yenrod [104 posts]
16th April 2014 - 17:33

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I find it interesting that some pros don't use (or at least leave on bike but ignore) power meters during certain races. Surely their WKO performance chart would be all skewiff with a big TSS hole?! Day Dreaming This makes me wonder, if pros don't always need this data, then why do we amateurs and are we being sold on something that isn't as useful as we might think? Clearly their training isn't heavily reliant on 'power data' charts or at least they use it in a different way. I'm very curious. Thinking

posted by mcvittees73 [14 posts]
17th April 2014 - 17:54

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mcvittees73 wrote:
I find it interesting that some pros don't use (or at least leave on bike but ignore) power meters during certain races. Surely their WKO performance chart would be all skewiff with a big TSS hole?! Day Dreaming This makes me wonder, if pros don't always need this data, then why do we amateurs and are we being sold on something that isn't as useful as we might think? Clearly their training isn't heavily reliant on 'power data' charts or at least they use it in a different way. I'm very curious. Thinking

Depends what they are doing, the top TT riders use the power meters to pace themselves though in this sort of race sustained power is only really worth knowing if you are making an extended breakaway.

Suspect the heart meter was all he really needed to make sure he wasn't burning himself out. Ultimately his winning effort wasn't about putting the most effort out it was about saving the most energy at the critical point when he went he succeeded because the TT machines like Cancellara and Wiggins had nothing to respond with.

posted by Nuclear Dan [3 posts]
17th April 2014 - 23:08

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mcvittees73 wrote:
makes me wonder, if pros don't always need this data, then why do we amateurs and are we being sold on something that isn't as useful as we might think?

Simple, if the numbers go up, you're having more fun! It's the easiest gauge.

posted by mr_leemur [26 posts]
18th April 2014 - 6:10

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