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How much time do you normally spend out on a ride

Mark909Mark909 Posts: 456
edited October 2010 in MTB general

I've been looking through some routes in the peak district and there's a few over six hours. Man I'd be knackered if I was riding continuously for that long!

I was wondering what the average time people on here spend on a biking session.

I'd say I'd normally spend 2 hours with about 4 hours max on average.

Are you one of the people who do killer loops type rides or do your prefer a quick fun filled blast round your local trails?

In fact I'm going to make a poll and see!

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  • Normally about 8 hours :shock: the route is 50km long and we do it every sunday. Mostly off road too, some pretty good trails that could rival a trail centre i reckon, just they arent as long descent time wise.
  • Don't see the point in getting muddy for less than three hours riding.
  • usually 2.5-3 hours and did a route aroudn jacobs ladder that lasted 5 and a bit hours and found it brutal as it was my first one and all i took was a 2l camelbak and a kitkat chunky for energy :oops: I reckon i'd feel less beat up if i had some proper food with me!
  • I reckon i'd feel less beat up if i had some proper food with me!
    A good days riding is the perfect excuse to load up on 5000 calories! Cue 2 jam sandwiches, 2 bags of crisps, 5 mars bars, a large block of dairy milk and at least three bottles of lucozade, and of course a 3l camelback of isotonic water!
  • altern_8altern_8 Posts: 1,562
    just depends on terrain,a 15 mile route can turn into a epic 4-5 hours,or a 25 mile route can be done in 3-4 hours,normally try to do ride in 4-5 hours,thats including stopping for something to eat and taking a few pictures.
  • Just over 2 hours with a killer climb and a techie DH for my local loop.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Probably between 3 and 5 hours, but a fair amount of that is spent nattering and resting.
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  • Sorry - did the survey before I realised it was for MTB's. Ignore one of the 3-5 hours. :oops:
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  • geoff93geoff93 Posts: 190
    I manage to get out most days for about 2 hours, occasionally I'll do 4 at weekends, but 2 is all I can get in in the evenings at the moment. Bennett's excuse sounds pretty good! :)
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    We ride at least once a week for about 2.5 / 3 hours - longer rides are nice if we can squeeze them in!
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  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767

    In the week after work 1-2 hours, weekend 3-5 hours.

    But this is really that representative, as Cwm for me is an hour, for alot of people it's an hour thirty, would a range be more accurate?
  • lawmanlawman Posts: 6,868
    depends, if i go for a flat out local ride ill do our 20ish mile loop in around 1 hour 40 quite comfortably, usually im nattering though, so its closer to 2.5-30 hours :lol:

    one thing i really want to do is the mbr killer loop at cutgate in under 4 hours, reckon its pretty easy really, although ill remember not to head face first into a rock garden at 30mph this time :lol:

  • ceecee Posts: 4,553
    usually more than 3 hours...

    we do some silly routes in the heilans though.....

    Done many 10 and 12 hours rides....

    we are currently planning a West Highland Way in a single day run.......

    probably north to south.
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  • J LJ L Posts: 425

    Occasional weekdays after work 1 hour blast at Haldon (local trail centre) or short local loop

    Weekends local loop 2hrs maybe a little more if I have the time

    Every now and then an epic over Exmoor or Somewhere further away.
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  • _Jon__Jon_ Posts: 366
    lawman wrote:
    one thing i really want to do is the mbr killer loop at cutgate in under 4 hours, reckon its pretty easy really, although ill remember not to head face first into a rock garden at 30mph this time :lol:

    Just don't try it in the wet, trust me! it's Ok coming down from Lansett but getting back up was a nightmare in all the mud (worth it for the final descent though). I did it in about 6 hours with a lunch stop.

    I like to take my time over natural trails though and take in the scenery/stop for photos. At trail centres I prefer to just blast round as fast as possible.
  • Mc SmileyMc Smiley Posts: 252
    We ride for up to 12 hours in the peak district in the Summer, just go for it. Ride a bit slower, eat and drink lots, don't plan to do anything in the evening.
  • blister pusblister pus Posts: 5,780
    depends. speed / training loops up to 1.5 hours. full half day rides. all day touring type rides.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    normally just a couple of hours,

    i dont like to cut too far in to my sitting on the sofa time at the weekend which is when i tend to ride.

    i dont ride mid week normally as i dont like to cut into my sitting on the sofa time.
  • If I had the ammount of ground that would last me 3 hours or more I proberbly would, as it happens I only go for about 2 hours max unless I made a special trip somewhere!!
  • ma9mwahma9mwah Posts: 53
    rides during the week are probably 2 hours, at the weekend looking at 5-6hours
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