This morning I took a Cruzbike Quest 26″ out for a training ride, doing loops around Prospect Park. I averaged 20.2 mph over 34 miles with a maximum speed of 33.2 mph. This is a moderately hilly loop of about 3.56 miles.
To put this in context, the last time I did a triathlon, about 8 years ago, the bike portion was 24.8 miles (40k) on a flat course, and I remember averaging 19.5 mph. I think that was my fastest ride for any substantial distance.
Given that I was riding at race pace in that previous instance, I’m rather pleased — to say the least — with my training pace this morning. I wish I could say it’s all about me, and not about the bike, however I strongly suspect that it’s about the bike.