I’ve recently participated in several group rides in the 2.0 - 3.0 w/kg spectrum. It appears that we need some clarification and agreement on what that pace of “2.0 - 3.0 w/kg” means.
Is that a range? Or is it an average?
I look at it as range. As in: The ride leader will ride at a pace between 2.0 and 3.0 w/kg.
But the majority of ride leaders treat it as an average. As in: At the end of the ride, the ride leader’s average power output will be between 2.0 and 3.0 w/kg.
In nearly every event in which I’ve participated over the last month or so, the following scenario takes place…
- At the first hill, the ride leader (along with some of the stronger riders) powers up to 4.3 w/kg, which stretches out the group.
- After the summit, the ride leader resumes 2.9 w/kg, but the group is already stretched and as the speed increases the group now permanently fractures.
- Somebody who got dropped complains that the ride leader rode up the hill way over the stated pace for the ride.
- The ride leader responds: My average power so far is 2.8 w/kg. So sorry you got dropped.
So, which is it? Average or Range?