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How fast is fast?(4 posts)

How fast is fast?inquisitive
Aug 10, 2001 10:24 PM
Hello, I just wanted to know what maximum speeds sprinters reach (road racing or on the velodrome). What is a respectable speed or at what speeds can you consider yourself a good sprinter? Thanks for any replies.

Aug 11, 2001 6:39 AM
that's on the track; a road sprint would depend on the terrain and wind, on a downhill finish, 50-plus.
re: How fast is fast?inquisitive
Aug 11, 2001 8:06 AM
I was really wanting to know how fast they go on flat roads without headwinds. I was wondering how fast guys like cipollini sprint on those flat finishes in the tour de france especially when he won four times in 1999. Do they sprint fast at the end due to launching off someone's slipstream? or how fast would they sprint alone without the slipstream effect? I just wanted to know the limits of pure speed on flat roads on a road bike. thanks again.
re: How fast is fast?Velocipedio
Aug 11, 2001 8:18 AM
I don't have the exact numbers, but a 60 km/h [40 mph] sprint finish isn't all that unusual for someone like Cipo. The thing to keep in mind is that that's SUSTAINED speed over about 500m, not just peak speed. I've clocked a 55+ km/h peak on the flat a number of times [with a little help from a friend], but I don't flatter myself that I can hold it for more than a few seconds. What makes Cipo such a god is that he can pretty much spin in 55/11 for 500m or more.

To do that, of course, he has to be led out. Though I have no doubt that a great sprinter could work his way up to sprint speed all alone -- and you do see it from time to time -- I doubt he'd be able to hold it for very long. The lead-out is a very important part of sprinting. Hey, with a good lead-out, I could probably make 60 km/h... though I couldn't hold it to save my life.