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How long would it take to cycle 40 miles?

Abuse #1 09 Dec 2011, 00:25

Join Date: Aug 2010 Posts: 1 Trips: 0
I plan on travelling Europe this summer by Cycling bike.
The route iv planned is less than 3000 miles over 6 countries (England, France, Italy, Austria and Belgium) over 2 and a half months.
This works out at 37-40 miles a day, Could a experienced cyclists tell me how long this would take? Roughly? (Hours wise? 2 Hours?).
Thanks very much.

Abuse #2 14 Dec 2011, 14:26

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3 to four hours which will differ depending on should you are attempting to go rapidly and push oneself or should you be just riding to take in some from the scenery.

Abuse #3 15 Dec 2011, 15:08

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2 hours sounds reasonable on straight condo roads allow up to 4 hours

Abuse #4 16 Dec 2011, 20:05

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Heavily packed going at a pace of 20 miles/hour is kinda hard. Probably takes 6 hours to go 40 miles and you still need your breaks and of course sightseeing on the way.

Abuse #5 17 Dec 2011, 21:20

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A very leisurely pace is 10 MPH. For anyone that has ever ridden a bicycle, this is not going to push you nor cause you to hurt yourself. So 4 hours per day. If you push or are an experienced cyclist or have your bike laden with packs (which you don't say) then 20 MPH is quite easy as well and would take you half as long. Is your plan to do it as quick as possible and use the rest of the time to visit the area you have desired to stop for the night or to take your time doing it so that you can enjoy more along the way? Have you planned for rainy days? Northern Italy is very mountainous so allowing for even more time, or better yet, get a ride, needs to be considered.

Abuse #6 20 Dec 2011, 03:00

Join Date: Aug 2010 Posts: 1 Trips: 0
This is hard to answer because you didn't indicate how much weight you will be vacation trips with. If you have an extra 30 to 40 pounds of gear, going up a steep climb of a mile or so, could really slow you down. Obviously, going down the other side would be easier from the "pedaling" standpoint, but can be dangerous if you get going too fast. You'll have plenty of "hills" to climb over there, that's for sure. There will likely be some stretches of territory where the 40 miles should be fairly easy, and may be completed in a few hours. Other times, if you have to climb 2 or 3 mountain passes in a day, that may take 8 hours or more. There should be some cycling chat rooms where you could talk with someone who has had a similar experience in Europe. You must know the terrain you'll be traveling through, as well as distance. 40 miles on fairly condo terrain should be a piece of cake, but 40 miles of gaining 12,000 or 15,000 feet of total altitude with a 30 degree ascent, may just be a bit tougher. You didn't mention any "rest days" for getting off of the bike, so you may need to adjust daily mileage for that or possible bicycle break downs. Hope everything goes okay and you enjoy the trip!