Comments on: Cycling Speed Re-making the world, one revolution at a time Mon, 21 Dec 2015 03:10:27 +0000 hourly 1 By: fearlessjwalker Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:39:07 +0000 What a great article. Just hit 25 mph SPRINTING on my bmx bike and was wondering if that was fast. A google search led me here, what a nice surprise, very nicely written.

By: Dave Horton Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:43:40 +0000 Thanks very much for your feedback, Martha. And for recounting your experiences. Hey, it’s never too late to race! Give it a go! And if you do, good luck! (And let us know how you get on.) Unfortunately my daughter, Flo, is less keen on racing than she was – and for now I’ve backed off trying to ‘encourage’ her to give it a go (I think that only discourages her, actually!). But she knows she’s a good cyclist, and I hope that sense (of herself as capable, able to dig deep and make an effort, strong ..) will stand her in good stead, into the future.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Best wishes

By: scldrgnfly Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:29:53 +0000 I love your site. As my daughter is training for her first Iron Man this October, I started to think back over past dreams and missed opportunities, with an eye to the fact I am still alive.

I got to thinking how things have changed for girls and how I always wished I could have done some cycle racing, but thought I probably wasn’t good enough. The other night I realized how fast I was going through 8 a.m. traffic trying to make it to my 8 o’clock design class at NCSU. I even had to make it up and down several pretty steep hills on my way. On the other days of the week, I made the same trip, some times twice a day and in the middle of the night, through rain, sleet and snow almost every day for two years. I was 25 when my grandmother died and left me her 1968 Ford Falcon(8 years old)…I still cycled much of the time…until I became pregnant with our first daughter, Jenny, the one who is training for her first Iron Man, now.

At the time, I knew I could pass cars every once in a while and I tried to do my best on a regular basis, even to the point of always leaving at the last minute and riding so as not to be late for class or my job. I only got hit by a car twice….one of those times feeling the heat of the police car’s wheels and engine as I slid just under the front of the car as they turned left right in front of me. The other one, I can still remember the bewildered looks of the elderly couple as I somersaulted over the hood of their car when they pulled out in front of me. The only time I got hurt was in my forties and our youngest daughter fell on her bicycle right in front of me. I couldn’t stop fast enough and the only thing I could do to avoid running over her and probably killing her was to put my foot down. I felt my ACL tear, but…I was riding again in a month. I LOVE to cycle and my oldest daughter is making me want to race…again.

So…was I pretty good, back in my heyday? Not on a track, but through relatively heavy rush hour traffic, up and down a couple of very steep hills and through all kinds of weather and sometimes twice a day, I made the 12 mile trip (one way – so twice or more almost every day) in 37 minutes for two whole years…so I averaged almost 19.5 mph on each trip. I am thinking, on a track or a controlled course, I might have been able to really push my limits…I’ll never really know about then…but, I think I really would like to see how I could match up, now.

Thank you for the inspiration!

Martha Edwards Smith

By: jonbarry145 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:47:34 +0000 First, as Dave’s co-“speedster”, I should add that Dave beat me by 14 seconds, though I should hopefully sort him out when i get my helmet the right way round.

And,secondly, I don’t believe that cycling should always be slow. If cycling is about your way of transporting yourself around, then it should sometimes be fast (if you’re late for your meeting, if you’re desperate for your first tea cake of the day, if you want some proper exercise) and sometimes be slow (if you’re going to the allotment, pootling into town). For me, cycling isn’t an extension of Zen meditation, it’s a way of getting around that is much quicker and uses less of my energy than walking but is much greener than cars, buses or trains. If I have to travel quickly sometimes, then so be it.