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Advice for a 7 mile sprint(3 posts)

Advice for a 7 mile sprintBrian C.
Jul 9, 2001 7:47 AM
There's a road race on a downtown circuit this Sunday and I'm thinking about entering.
It's 10 laps around a 1.2-kilometre (.74 mile) rectangular course; four 90-degree corners; fairly good asphalt; flat, except for a short, shallow rise on one side.
Basically, it will be 40 sprints - 20 300-yard sprints and 20 100-yard sprints.

What strategy would a good, competant rider use to win this race?
What strategy would a not-so-good, but competant rider use to stay competitive?

Thanks for any help you can offer.
re: Advice for a 7 mile sprintguod
Jul 9, 2001 8:10 AM
There is no such thing as a 7 mile 'sprint'. The race your contemplating is called a criterium. The strategy is very simple. The first rider across the finish line wins. The lead rider generally is doing ALL the work. Therfore, don't be the lead rider until the finish.
re: Advice for a 7 mile sprintJim Hubbard
Jul 9, 2001 12:58 PM
I can see what you are saying, very short straights. The best strategy would be to stay near the front but not on this way you are reacting directly to any accelerations. With a circuit this short the idea would be try to put a lap into the field, easier with a short circuit, plus it is hard for the bunch to get organised. Hope this helps.