Prudential RideLondon 2014: Strava round-up

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Prudential RideLondon 2014: Strava stats from Marianne Vos, Adam Blythe and more

World champion rides sportive while Classic winner also shares race-winning stats online

More than 20,000 hardy riders finished the second edition of the RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive, or at least the re-routed 86-mile course anyway.

From sportive first-timers to veterans looking to take advantage of the closed roads in the capital and around Surrey, the event welcomed all-comers.

And those lucky enough to roll off at a similar time would have noticed a rainbow jersey streaking through the crowds in the capital too – owner: M.Vos, Netherlands.

Marianne Vos rode the RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive the day after her second place in the RideLondon Grand Prix

The Dutch wonder woman rode the sportive alongside Rabobank-Liv Women team-mate Roxane Knetemann, the day after finishing second in the RideLondon Grand Prix on The Mall.

For a tantalisingly brief moment for some, and longer for others, it meant the chance to ride alongside one of the greatest cyclists of this generation – and arguably the greatest female cyclist ever.

For others it meant Vos, a keen user of route-mapping and tracking app Strava, stealing their Queen of the Mountains titles – the Dutch superstar taking more than 50 on her training ride in the capital.

So how do you match up to the current women’s word road and cyclo-cross champion?

Marianne Vos took more than 50 Queen of the Mountains titles as she completed the reduced RideLondon-Surrey sportive (pic: Strava)

Vos completed the course – devoid of its main climbs as a result of the treacherous conditions on the descent – in just over three-and-a-half hours, setting an average speed of 39.2km/h.

An estimated average cadence of 89rpm, and estimated average power output of 183 watts, are given by Strava for her ride.

Among the many Queen of the Mountains titles Vos bagged on the route was the main ascent of the re-routed course, up to Newlands Corner.

Her time over the 12 kilometres from Ripley to the peak of Newlands Corner, of 22 minutes and 21 seconds, saw her set an average speed of 32.2km/h.

Marianne Vos’ stats up to the peak of Newlands Corner (pic: Strava)

Put into context, the same climb – which featured on last year’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic – was taken at race pace at around 35km/h – less than 3km/h faster.

Mike Cuming (Rapha Condor JLT), who was in the break 12 months ago, took the climb at 35.7km/h to set the Strava King of the Mountains time.

Meanwhile the likes of Ian Bibby (Madison-Genesis), Dan Craven (now of Team Europcar) and Kristian House (Rapha Condor JLT) – all of whom were in the bunch – took 20.29 to complete the segment.

Strava also offers the chance to compare efforts against this year’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic competitors, with several uploading their effort post-race.

Adam Blythe (NFTO) won the RideLondon-Surrey Classic – the stats from his ride are available to view on Strava including his time up Box Hill as the break opened up a gap on the peloton (pic: Strava)

Winner Adam Blythe (NFTO) is among the riders to have uploaded his ride – which makes for interesting reading.

It shows, for example, the effect the weather had on this year’s race with times on some of the day’s main climbs down on last year’s race.

For example, Blythe – who was in the break on Box Hill alongside the likes of world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) and Ben Swift (Team Sky) – was fastest of the Strava users on the day on the category-three Box Hill (roundabout to peak) segment.

However, his time of 8’16” was more than 30 seconds slower than Ian Bibby (Madison-Genesis) set 12 months earlier.

Adam Blythe’s sprint shows the difference being in a bunch – as Yannick Martinez was last year – and being in a smaller group can make (pic: Strava)

Nevertheless, it is clear just how much of a gain the break managed to make on the now fabled ascent of South East England.

Having broken clear just before the climb, and with very few of the big teams having reason to chase having got riders in the move, the peloton – including Tour de France top-ten finisher Laurens ten Dam (Belkin) was more than 20 seconds slower.

It also means Blythe leads the Strava Box Hill KOM challenge, which is calling on amateurs to test themselves against the pros from RideLondon – the challenge, which ends on Sunday August 24, can be found here.

Ten Dam’s pioneer gave a recorded average power output of 336 watts on the segment, according to Strava, while it gives a maximum output of 747 watts.

Blythe’s stats are also interesting in showing the speed of the final sprint – and the difference it makes being engaged in a tactical battle with six rides compared to racing hard in a bunch sprint.

Marianne Vos’ sprint, meanwhile, was not quite enough to beat Giorgia Bronzini in the RideLondon Grand Prix on Saturday evening (pic: Strava)

Twelve months earlier Yannick Martinez (Team Europcar), who finished third, took just 18 seconds to complete the final 300 metres – his speed reaching an average of 65.6km/h as he bagged the final spot on the podium.

This time out, Blythe’s needed an average speed of just 56.3km/h – sufficient to come around Ben Swift (Team Sky) and lead home a British one-two on The Mall.

Meanwhile, the previous evening, a time of 23 seconds for the final sprint, at an average speed of 51.4km/h, was recorded by Marianne Vos as she was pipped on the line by Giorgia Bronzini.

Vos’ stats show the average speed of the race to have been 44.8km/h – with speeds touching a maximum of 72km/h during an enthralling, attacking criterium around St. James’ Park.

How does your RideLondon effort measure up against the pros? Let us know below or share your stats in the forum.

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