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A question on sprinting and Revs...(3 posts)

A question on sprinting and Revs...niteschaos
Feb 7, 2003 7:04 PM
I read to increase your rpm when you sprint, it helps to lock your ankle. I already lock my ankle naturally when I reach anything about 85rpm, so I was wondering (besides practicing more) if there was anything else I needed to know about how to achieve 210rpm smoothly.
Hard work and timePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 7, 2003 9:36 PM
Seriously its all hard work and time. Remember unless your a track rider its not necessary to pedal that quickly but if you can it'll mean you have a silky smooth pedal stroke.

Don't waste your time53T
Feb 8, 2003 5:30 AM
Me and Zabel don't spin 210, and we can both sprint well. Alright, I'll admit he's a little faster.

Max speed, and perfect timing is whet wins sprints (duh). That's not exactly max power, or high average speed, or anything else. You have a good selection of sprinting gears on your bike (53 x 15, 14, 13, 12 for tailwinds and downhills) Try them all twice a week in a warm-up, sprint drills, cool-down workout. Of course its only February so you may not have your base in yet, wait untill you have 600+ miles base to add in sprint drills. Use your electronics to measure actual top speed and average speed for a 200 to 300 meter straight flat road with no traffic. If you don't have one there is one around the corner from my house you can use. (Coincedence? I think not.) As you get stronger legs the higher gears will get you faster, as you spin improves the lower geras will get you faster, if your spin and your strength improve, you will be fast enough. Now go to the training crits and contest every prime. You won't win the race, but your will improve your timing.