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The pros’ idea of a rest day on Strava

Scott Thwaites squeezes in a bit of extra climbing during his day off

When is a rest day not a rest day? When you’re a Tour de France cyclist, for the most part. The majority of the competitors opted for some form of active recovery to keep their weary limbs ticking over and several uploaded their rides to Strava.

Efforts varied, however. Fortuneo–Oscaro’s Romain Hardy uploaded two rides, the titles of which said it all. The first was a 7.6km downhill trip he labelled Aller Café. The second, a similar distance uphill, was unsurprisingly titled Retour Café.

Others covered a little more ground. Cofidis rider Dimitri Claeys recorded the longest ride of the day at 63.3km with 868m of elevation gain. He also recorded the second-fastest time on Le Chaudon Climb, although it’s worth noting that Strava users have only actually ridden this stretch of road 23 times in total.

Stage 8 winner Lilian Calmejane went for a look at today's first climb, the Côte du Boussoule – although he’ll have covered it quicker since. In all, he did 52km at 28.8km/h. BMC’s Danilo Wyss and Damiano Caruso did a similar distance, along with the team’s head of performance David Bailey, averaging 27.3km/h.

Theirs was a fairly flat route, but Scott Thwaites did almost 1,000m of climbing in his 47.2km ride.

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arnolds | 6 years ago
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lots of world class pro-riders behind their keyboard

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don simon fbpe replied to arnolds | 6 years ago
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arnolds wrote:

lots of world class pro-riders behind their keyboard

I'll buy you a bag of crisps, flavour of your choice, if you can quote anyone who's said that they're pro material in this thread. If y6ou can't I have the right to say wind your neck in.  1

 

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BarryBianchi replied to don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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don simon wrote:
arnolds wrote:

lots of world class pro-riders behind their keyboard

I'll buy you a bag of crisps, flavour of your choice, if you can quote anyone who's said that they're pro material in this thread. If y6ou can't I have the right to say wind your neck in.  1

 

Just to clarify the rules here - if I say I'm pro material, can I have the crisps?

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don simon fbpe replied to BarryBianchi | 6 years ago
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BarryBianchi wrote:
don simon wrote:
arnolds wrote:

lots of world class pro-riders behind their keyboard

I'll buy you a bag of crisps, flavour of your choice, if you can quote anyone who's said that they're pro material in this thread. If y6ou can't I have the right to say wind your neck in.  1

 

Just to clarify the rules here - if I say I'm pro material, can I have the crisps?

Not a problem, I've even got a Jiffy bag knocking around to send them in.

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BarryBianchi replied to don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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don simon wrote:

 

Not a problem, I've even got a Jiffy bag knocking around to send them in.

You're on!  But don't send them Signed For....

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don simon fbpe replied to BarryBianchi | 6 years ago
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BarryBianchi wrote:
don simon wrote:

 

Not a problem, I've even got a Jiffy bag knocking around to send them in.

 

You're on!  But don't send them Signed For....

I've got a mate with a motorbike.

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BarryBianchi replied to don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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don simon wrote:

 

I've got a mate with a motorbike.

Perect - that's the climbing sorted as well then...

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Jackson | 6 years ago
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Bloody hell it's lucky the TdF guys don't have to race anyone in this comments section.

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don simon fbpe replied to Jackson | 6 years ago
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Jackson wrote:

Bloody hell it's lucky the TdF guys don't have to race anyone in this comments section.

Or, let's make a bimble sound like something special because we do news, and this is news, and news is what we do.

We know that TdF riders ride their bikes on off days, that's all it is. It's not a news story.

I'm lucky I don't ride with the miserable sods that  post here.  3

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Mendes.pms replied to Jackson | 6 years ago
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Jackson wrote:

Bloody hell it's lucky the TdF guys don't have to race anyone in this comments section.

 

The best comment so far. 

 

 

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CXR94Di2 | 6 years ago
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Very slow average speed 15mph for a pro

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madcarew replied to CXR94Di2 | 6 years ago
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CXR94Di2 wrote:

Very slow average speed 15mph for a pro

That's not uncommon. on 6 hour base rides most pros will average 16 - 17mph. RS on strava is a neo pro. On 4-6 hour rides he often averages 15-17 mph. However some segments of that might include  10 min @ 600w  several times.... most mortals can't do that. Average speed means really diddly squat. 

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700c replied to madcarew | 6 years ago
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madcarew wrote:
CXR94Di2 wrote:

Very slow average speed 15mph for a pro

That's not uncommon. on 6 hour base rides most pros will average 16 - 17mph. RS on strava is a neo pro. On 4-6 hour rides he often averages 15-17 mph. However some segments of that might include  10 min @ 600w  several times.... most mortals can't do that. Average speed means really diddly squat. 

 

Yes.

Also 21m/km of ascent is significant climbing on a ride!

I wonder how many who think 15mph is a 'slow average speed' are doing this kind of climbing..

(On a rest day.

Of the Tour de France.)

 

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Jackson replied to madcarew | 6 years ago
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madcarew wrote:
CXR94Di2 wrote:

Very slow average speed 15mph for a pro

That's not uncommon. on 6 hour base rides most pros will average 16 - 17mph. RS on strava is a neo pro. On 4-6 hour rides he often averages 15-17 mph. However some segments of that might include  10 min @ 600w  several times.... most mortals can't do that. Average speed means really diddly squat. 

Who's doing 10 min @ 600W, other than Big Mig in 1994 maybe. That'd be good for the individual pursuit WR... twice

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BarryBianchi | 6 years ago
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Yeah, and I bet the great woofty dollup didn't have a bacon doorstep and a wedge of iced walnut halfway up either.  So-called "pros".

 

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don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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Hardly a hard ride though, is it? Even I could manage around 50km and 900-1,000m of climbing in  a couple of hours a few years ago, and I'm no pro.

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GarethWyn replied to don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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don simon wrote:

Hardly a hard ride though, is it? Even I could manage around 50km and 900-1,000m of climbing in  a couple of hours a few years ago, and I'm no pro.

Agreed. Not swinging my d1ck here but even I could manage that - not really an effort for a pro!

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alotronic replied to don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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don simon wrote:

Hardly a hard ride though, is it? Even I could manage around 50km and 900-1,000m of climbing in  a couple of hours a few years ago, and I'm no pro.

And what did you manage on your rest days? A lap of a pie? A couple of metres of beer? Four hours repeat efforts on Netflix? Pizza intervals? 

So yeah, hardly a ride, you think they'd try a bit harder, just to impress you.

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don simon fbpe replied to alotronic | 6 years ago
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alotronic wrote:
don simon wrote:

Hardly a hard ride though, is it? Even I could manage around 50km and 900-1,000m of climbing in  a couple of hours a few years ago, and I'm no pro.

And what did you manage on your rest days? A lap of a pie? A couple of metres of beer? Four hours repeat efforts on Netflix? Pizza intervals? 

So yeah, hardly a ride, you think they'd try a bit harder, just to impress you.

What?

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Paul J replied to don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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don simon wrote:

Hardly a hard ride though, is it? Even I could manage around 50km and 900-1,000m of climbing in  a couple of hours a few years ago, and I'm no pro.

This is their gentle *recovery* ride though.

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don simon fbpe replied to Paul J | 6 years ago
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Paul J wrote:
don simon wrote:

Hardly a hard ride though, is it? Even I could manage around 50km and 900-1,000m of climbing in  a couple of hours a few years ago, and I'm no pro.

This is their gentle *recovery* ride though.

Yeah! Stop the presses and hold the front page!!

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