To be successful in self-supported, ultra-distance bikepacking races requires, among other things, cycling speed to be optimized. In this section, I investigate what aspects of your bike, equipment, and the way you ride affect cycling speed to what degree and how these aspects can be optimized. The section begins with some general pages and then certain topics are investigated in detail in the subsequent pages:

Factors that Determine Cycling Speed Introduction & Summary
Finish Times Method, Finish Times & Effects of Increasing Power on Cycling Speed
Cycling Resistance Types of Resistance When Cycling
Effect of Weight on Cycling Speed The Effect of Weight on Cycling Speed
Tire Rolling Resistance Tire Rolling Resistance
Air Resistance of the Cyclist Air Resistance of the Cyclist
Air Resistance of the Bike Air Resistance of the Bike & Equipment
Mechanical Resistance Mechanical Resistance: Drivetrain Efficiency & Hub Bearings
Wind When Cycling Environmental Factors: Wind, Elevation & Air Temperature