Something that has bothered me for a while and I can’t seem to address or fix is getting more aero and increasing the average speed on a ride. I’m large at 6’4" and 185-190lbs, but have fairly decent flexibility.
On average my endurance-paced rides (@ 190-210w average power) are around 17.5-18 mph overall at the end. However, if I want to chase the elusive 20mph average speed I’m riding high sweet spot most of the time and that becomes quite taxing.
I’ve noticed that many smaller riders with FTPs that are 30-50w lower are dusting me in average speed on our local terrain at any given wattage. I’m failing to understand how someone can do a solo 50 mi ride with an average speed of 20 mph at only 180-200w average power. While I’ve yet to average 20mph or more on any ride over an hour in length, despite an FTP of 330w.
- Round tubed steel bike with comfy geo (~22lbs)
- 42cm bars
- 120cm stem
- 25mm deep aluminum wheels (~2100g w/tires)
- 35c Specialized Roubaix Pro tubeless tires (35mm measured, ~375g ea)
- ~2oz tubeless sealant per tire
- Tire pressure always measured between 50-60psi
- Kit fits snug, not baggy
- Giro Cinder MIPS helmet
- Giro VR90 shoes
Other than just trying to get lower on the bike is there anything I can do to become smaller and more slippery?