It is entertaining and educational to look at visual representations of the various riding speeds with the help of Google Earth. By illustrating where all the different types of riders would be in relation to each other and the landscape, you can visualize where you would be within the greater pack at your current, past and projected racer levels.
These levels are determined by Time Trial and Triathlon Bike Split results on flat courses of all of the Bike Racer Categories in all of the different levels and distances in all three competition levels: 1 Local, 2 National and 3 International. You can read all about my Bike Racer Levels on my Bike Racer Levels page. With Google Earth I have created three visual aids to help illustrate what my 100 bike racer levels are: 1 Radiating Circles, 2 Haystack Time Trial, and 3 the Pack of 200.
1 Radiating Circles & Racers - I have Circles and Racers that represent my 100 Bike Racer Levels by radiating out from Haystack Mountain to distance determined by how far Racers can go in one hour.
I made the Radiating Circles & Racers collection so I could use Google Earth to aid in my study of the area where I live along with where I am within the greater pack of all the racers. I can trace my progress as I gain more ground and pass other riders. I can imagine myself making it farther in one hour in variety of interesting circumstances, such as an imaginary bike race with various riders along multi lane time trial race course who start at the same time and this section would be like taking snapshot of where they would be after their hour time trial, or an imaginary volcano at haystack mountain that spews toxic vapor that radiates out and affects people to various degrees depenting on how far away they made it due to their escape velocities. Because at the time Haystack Mountain was Temple / Building residence like the pyramid hotel in las vegas only the citizens of Santamonium didn't know that it was dormant volcano. They just thought the toxic vapor that came out and made them high was going to be like that forever. But then it just got too much one day and they all had to break out and so the strongest riders had the best chance of survival. The Radiating Circles is visually interesting because the area of the circle that is created by the radius of the rider is of comparable size to historical tribal and kingdom areas. For example, the typical 40 Kilometer diameter tribal territory circumference aligns very closely with the strongest rider of the slow commuter category, and the fastest racer's circle is third of the way between the 80 and 160 Kilometer Diameter Circles, which is around the size of the Roman Republic. When you superimpose everything together with Google Earth you can visualize the relationship between it all in your head in an intricate way that can improve your interest in riding, geography, history, your imagination and all kinds of things. For example, you could be at the middle of level 43 which is the beginning of farmer's field, and you know of someone who is two levels ahead of you at the end of the farmer's field half mile away, so you could imagine your quest to make it accross the farmer's field by improving your 40 kilometer time trial by minute and half which translates into half mile of distance over an hour.
The Radiating Circles on Google Earth illuminates the reality of the bike racer levels in six ways: 1 Racer Categories, 2 Racer Levels, 3 Racer Pins 4 Racer Bodies, 5 Racer Drafter Categories and 6 Racer Puller Categories.
1 Racer Category Overlays - The 10 Racer Categories have 20% opacity color coded overlays to give land territory to the various bike racer categories. The Racer Category territories range in thickness from 1.25 miles as with the five level categories one and two to the 20 category five mile wide slow commuter territory. These circles make nice looking rainbow from map of the USA.
2 Racer Level Lines - There are 100 color coded circles that represent how far the fastest rider in each category can ride in one hour. The lines are separated by quarter of mile, which is the distance around the common high school track. This makes it easier to visualize how far away they are when they are consistent with such common feature of the natural landscape as the quarter mile track. It is also consistent with the common farmer's circle which is half mile in diameter, so if you want to catch someone who is one level faster than you it means that you need to make it halfway accross the farmer's field on your favourite local 40 Km or 25 mile time trial course, or to be more accurate, how far you can go in one hour, and take your average speed to determine your level and where you are on the map. When you have location on the map than you can attach physical location to your bike racer level, and you are part of community of time trialists frozen in time as you race through the landscape. You can visualize certain faster people at specific locations to the East and slower people at their places to the West, and view the pathway as metric of how good of bike racer you are.
3 Racer Pins - an imaginary racetrack that starts at the top of Haystack Mountain and heads West. Maybe one day we will actually have multi lane bike race track that goes from Haystack all the way to the Atlantic Ocean so people can race the ultra long distances in the most luxurious way possible. The pins are put to good use in helping to locate where the line of racing and racers are. You can also use the pins to identify what level you are looking at by clicking on the pin and it shows on the list to the left of Google Earth which level it is.
4 Racer Bodies & Bikes - 2,089 individual racers are shown in their accurate size as they appear headed east along the imaginary racetrack. There are twelve racers to level, and every level is quarter mile, so the racers are separated by 33.33 meters, which is almost identical to the 33.36 meters between the posts of the walls of historic city. It is also very similar to how far apart racers are in non drafting triathlons, so it looks just like real race.
5 Racer Drafter's Lines - There are color coded lines next to the riders that show what category of drafter riders behind you are. By knowing the category drafter you know how much percentage they will draft and how slow of riders you can ride with at your 100% one hour riding pace without getting dropped by you.
6 Racer Pullers Lines - There are color coded lines next to the riders that show which levels of riders faster than you have in relation to you in terms of how much percentage of the time they will pull you and how fast of rider you can ride with where they are going hour pace and you won't get dropped by them.
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5 Area Circles
I have 23 different circle sizes based on diameter ranging from one meter (one person) to 10,340 kilometers (The world). They are designed to familiarize us with the geography of their respective areas, so we can relate the large and the small as well as places of similar size in different locations. For example, if you have the blue circle of the typical 40 kilometer accross tribal area over Boulder County, then it is easier to relate how far apart things are in Rome if you have the same sized circle there because you know how boulder looks at the same dimension. The circles radiate from 43 locations on the globe which represent all of the different landscapes and together with their largest circles cover the entire planet. Within each circle there are color coded tracings of example trips that represent all of the racing distances on self powered vehicles on all terrains. For example, on the 500 Meter circle in the middle of the ocean, there is 50 meter long blue line that represents the 50 meter swimming race, on the 500 Meter circle in Boulder there is 100 Meter red line on the sidewalk that represents 100 meter running race and on the One Kilometer circle there is 500 Meter white line on the road that represents track bike sprint of that distance.
If you want to know how big things are and how big they are compared to each other, you came to the right place. My Sizes of things page has 45 size dimensions ranging from the electron to the known universe, with us remarkably close to the middle. The sizes are shown on the top of each size dimension section with the width of the white backWe live in size dimension number 19 so we are 58% closer in size to the Electron than the Universe to be exact. Out of the 45
With us as the anchor dimension at one meter accross the yellow background field, there are 18 smaller dimensions and 29 larger dimensions.