In road biking time trials, they have a concept called ‘evens’ which is averaging 20mph over a course. Beating this is seen to be the point at which you become a racer rather than just someone who rides a bike. Evens on a 20 mile course is pretty good and if you beat it on a 100 miler, you’re really very good.
I was wondering if a similar concept made sense for unicycling. The main problem is that there obviously isn’t one fixed speed that makes any sense, as pretty much anyone with a coker could get 10 miles in a hour, but only a few could do 100 miles in 10 hours.
Something else to note is that this is preferably for an out and back course, to make wind / height loss/gain irrelavant. If not out and back, at least to the same height above sea level, otherwise you’re cheating.
A first stab at this, involving different speeds for different distances all of which I’d say you’re pretty good if you beat. I know a couple of riders off the top of my head who almost certainly have beaten the 15,30 and 50 ones, probably the 100 too. I believe the 200 is under the world record, so obviously doable. I don’t think wheel size is relevant as anyone serious about distance riding has at least a 29er and short cranks, which you could beat these on.
15 miles - 15 mph avg - 1 hour
30 miles - 12 mph avg - 2hrs 30 mins
50,100 miles - 10 mph avg - 5 / 10 hrs
200 miles - 8.333 mph avg - 24hrs
Some of these may seem a bit low to a few riders out there, but I reckon any more than this is getting beyond what a normal person could train themselves to do and into the realms of genetic advantages, which kind of removes the point somewhat. The slower speed for the 24hr obviously allows for the rider to have breaks and stuff. They’re also done like this to make nice easy to remember numbers in terms of times.
So, firstly any comments on the times / speeds I put here, secondly, anyone think they can beat any of the times? I reckon I could beat 30, 50 no problems, 15 with a lot of effort and a very flat course, 100 with a bit more training and 200 if I had a year to waste doing training rides.