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Is Your Sprint Weak?

Bicycle Training Series Articles: All ABC Handouts ] 12 Beginners' Questions About Exercise ] ACE Tips ] Altitude Tents: How High the Risk? ] Aerobic Training ] Altitude Training for Sea-Level Competition ] Balance Training for Bicyclists ] Century Training ] Climbing & Descending ] Dealing With High Altitude ] Death Ride: Just-Made-It Schedule ] Economy & Efficiency ] Fitness Elements ] Heart-Rate-Based Training ] HIT Tips ] How to Perform VO2 Intervals ] How to Push Riders Uphill ] Isolated Leg Training ] Measuring Training Stress ] Overtraining ] Pacing ] Power-Based Training ] Recovery ] Road Racing Basics ] Six Climbing Positions ] Skills Training Principles ] Small Gears ] [ Sprint Weak? ] Stationary Training ] Stretching ] Tapering for Events ] Thresholds ] Time Trialing ] Torque-Based Training ] Training & Fitness Standards for Excellence ] Training Myths ] Warm Ups for Racing ] Weight Training ] Work of Breathing ] Workout Too Hard ]


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Is Your Sprint Weak? (Introduction)


You arrive at the end of a criterium or road race and do not finish well.
Or riders jump at the top of hills or before other obstacles in a race, and you cannot respond.


The bottom line is that not all weak sprinters have a weak sprint.

Check out your sprint fitness by comparing your measured performance against top sprinters in your category as shown in the Table below.


Where a professional sprinter might develop a peak power of more than 2,000 watts of energy, and a Category 3 sprinter about 1,500 watts, only 750 watts may be required to win a Cat 3 road race when the riders arrive fatigued.


Many riders consistently and routinely sabotage their efforts before the finale by wearing themselves out prematurely.


Savvy, relatively-weak sprinters may win many races through two basic tactics:

1. Saving their own energy

2. Wasting others’ energy