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Sprinting, leg speed, and distance(6 posts)

Sprinting, leg speed, and distancejradford
Oct 2, 2002 10:20 AM
Just posting this for an open discussion

When I sprint I like to max out my leg RPM at 195 to 200 with a maximum distance of 150m.

What do you do?
re: Sprinting, leg speed, and distanceJon Billheimer
Oct 2, 2002 11:13 AM
Admire guys like you as you disappear over the horizon...or lap me multiple times on the track:)-
what I doDougSloan
Oct 2, 2002 11:19 AM
I'll follow whatever wheel I can grab a leadout from and then go like hell to the finish line when my gut tells me I can make it. Things are usually so frantic at that point I have no idea how far it actually is. Whether that's 50 yards or 200 yards, I'm usually stuck with whatever presents itself. Makes a whole lot of difference how tired I am and how fast we are going. I'll shift up if the rpm's hit around 130 in a total sprint. Much beyond that and it seems efficiency and form suffers.

With a leadout, you could change your name to Cipo or Zabel.Quack
Oct 2, 2002 1:31 PM
If you can seriously spin that fast, and possess even average strength, positioning is all you need. I don't have the chart, but a 53x14 at 200RPM has got to be way-high in the 40s? Personally, being 145lbs., I need to draft a big guy until the absolute last second and jump with about 100m at about 160-180 RPM to even have a chance at placing.
Oct 2, 2002 2:12 PM
Are you sure you can sprint at 195-200rpm? What gear combo do you use? 39-15 @ 195rmp is 40mph! And you can do that for 150 meters, that is absolutely AMAZING!! Why don't you throw away your big ring to save some weight, that way you can sprint for even faster and longer..My advice: try to build up you power so you can push 39-11, if you can still maintain 195 rpm, that's 55mph! I, then, will personally hook you up for a pro contract..
Kill it with 500meters to goniteschaos
Oct 3, 2002 7:34 AM
I drop down to me 52*12 and grind out the last 500 meters at 45mph. I don't have a candence meter, but I know it takes me a long time to accelerate, but once I'm there I'll pull away from anyone who hasn't sucked up me wheel, then I hope they can't keep the pace for 30 seconds.

When I do sprint workouts I hold max effort for 1:30, so when I sprint I don't have to worry so much about position, just acceleration. Its worked in just about every ride I've done.