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May 30, 2002 6:31 AM
Perhaps the answer to this question is obvious: "practice, practice, practice." But in case there's more to it than that let me pose it anyway. Does sprinting ability decline with age? I am male 60, weigh 165 and have been riding seriously now for five years and started racing last year. I can see steady improvement but when I'm either on a training ride or in a race and it comes time for the jump sprint I just don't have it. Not a bit. I have to laugh as the others (including a 50+) go by.
did you used to?DougSloan
May 30, 2002 9:15 AM
Did you used to be able to sprint? That makes a big difference.

Yes, I have read the sprinting (strength in general) declines with age. Hopefully, we make up for it with endurance and cunning.

You can improve your sprinting, though. Once a week do 4 or 5 all out sprints for 200 yards, with complete rest in between. Might want to work up to that gradually, though.

Sprinting at the end of a bike ride or race is not just about strength and speed, though. I'm a pretty good sprinter, as I ran the 400 in college (not great, but not horrible). When I'm fresh, I can trounce 95% of the guys I ride with. However, throw in a big hill before the sprint, and I'm all out of gas before I even start the sprint. Little guys go right by while I'm gasping for air.

Also, strategy in sprinting helps a lot. If you are getting beaten in a sprint, try to keep yourself fresher by sitting in before the sprint and following leadouts with good timing. It's hard to describe.

Try this.....LeGrimper
May 30, 2002 7:24 PM
Our coach gets us to have coasting races. Lots of fun too.

Find a SLIGHT DOWNHILL all line up at the top and push peddling! As the heavier riders pull away, get on their wheels and as you draft past, latch the next, and the next and then the next. The trick is to see them and set up each one.

Youd be surprised how easy it is for a light, small hill climber to win these IF you get your lay off right. It all in the positioning (can get competitive) and timing as to who wins.

Also we sprint for every speed sign on our roll arounds.

Now translate these lessons into the finish line sprint and BINGO.

The point about saving yourself if also probably the most valid. You are never going to blow the rest away if you are coming off a long pull on the front. Sit in, save up and then give it 100%

Preserve long as one can, and be the last to spend it.Canidraftyou
May 30, 2002 3:32 PM
If you have the ability, then its all in timing. "Preserve long as one can, and be the last to spend it". Maybe the hardest thing to do in a race then the course fits to your style. Not many can climb and sprint. I have met a few. You need to know what type of rider you are. A climber, a sprinter, or one that has no natural ability simply thriving on the competition.

G. Smith
Get A Big Guy To Lead You Out To The Line...Like Me=) nmBigLeadOutGuy
May 30, 2002 5:35 PM