Tips and Tricks on How to Boost Your Cycling Speed
Because several factors influence your average speed, comparing one rider's speed to another, or even your speed from one day to the next, isn't always realistic.
Even yet, many of us wish to enhance our average bike speed, so what can you do to boost your average bike speed?
What is the average speed for cyclists?
Many beginner road cyclists travel at speeds of 10 to 14 mph on the road. It is possible to ride faster, and some novice riders who were runners before or other endurance athletes may be able to pedal at 15-18 mph or even faster.
Professional cyclists can typically sustain a 25-28 mph speed on level ground. However, an average speed of 13.5 mph is acceptable for beginner road riders, especially on longer rides.
However, factors such as your age, fitness level, weight, cardio-vascular system capability, and, to a lesser extent, the quality and efficiency of the bicycle you are riding impact your average speed.
Traffic, route chosen (amount of traffic signals and stop signs), topography (hills), distance, road surface, and weather conditions all influence your average speed on any given trip (riding into a stiff wind, for example, will bring your speed down).
Aside from these, you should also ensure you have complete safety biking accessories when speeding up. This includes your trusty helmet, proper riding attire, and bike lights.
How to cycle faster?
Cycle with a group
Riding with a group might help you increase your average speed.
When you're riding with other people, you have the motivation to stay up, so even if you're starting to fade, you'll keep going. Similarly, if you're feeling energetic, you might set the pace and encourage your other riders to go faster.
However, the drafting effect is the most significant advantage of riding in a group. It's believed that riding at the back saves a rider up to 40% of the effort necessary to ride uphill. It takes practice to draft successfully and safely, so more kilometers will help you improve.
It would also be best to get a bike light with group synchronization settings when riding with a group. This feature allows you to get the same brightness, patterns, and other light configurations. Group light synchronization will give you maximum road visibility for better road safety.
Follow the drops.
Most people don't ride the drops often, but lowering oneself on the bike reduces aerodynamic drag and allows you to corner a little easier. You may cut wind resistance by approximately 20% by riding the dips.
People avoid riding the drops for two reasons: they can't reach the brakes, and they don't enjoy the uneasy sensation it might create. You may solve these problems by concentrating on the bike's setup.
You can ride in that posture for a significant amount of the route if the bike is suited for you. Stretch your hamstrings and lower back muscles before riding the drops to lessen the tension you exert on them.
Improve your cadence.
It's not only about pedaling more; pedaling quicker may also assist you in riding faster. There's less tension on your muscles, and pedaling faster should be less taxing if you've mastered it. If you're unfamiliar with cadence, it's just the amount of times you turn the pedals every minute.
Although there is no such thing as a "perfect" cadence, trained amateur cyclists often ride between 80 to 90 rpm, while some elite riders may ride at speeds reaching 100 rpm. Chris Froome is known for pedaling at roughly this speed, even riding uphill.
Brace the wind
Most people don't think about wind speed or direction, yet it may work in your favor or against you as a bike. Headwinds make pedaling your bike more complex, making the task feel slower. Tailwinds assist you in increasing your speed.
When planning your trip, keep the wind direction in mind. You should feel energized and eager to take on the headwind when you first get out on the bike. The tailwind will be your greatest hope for increasing your pace on the way home.