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Possible Carreer Change!!(7 posts)

Possible Carreer Change!!BigLeadOutGuy
Jun 7, 2002 10:05 AM
Hey everyone.
While Out riding today I had to make a quick sprint to get through and intersection before the light turned red...I jumped out of the saddle and made a quick sprint of about 100 ft...I felt like i was going pretty fast and looked at my comp and it read 32.7 mph...I got to thinking that maybe I should ditch the road racing and get into track sprints or something. The only problem is that I dont know anythign about it...the only thing I do know is that I got a pretty decent 15 mph I can jump to 33-37 mph in about 500 feet...maybe that isnt even good. Anyone know about track racing? Should I give it a go?
What's to know?brider
Jun 7, 2002 12:29 PM
Go fast, turn left.

In all seriousness, do give track racing a try. You're a strong rider, and track racing will be a mini-tactics clinic every time out. It'll make a HUGE difference in your road racing too.
Nice sprint, but I dont think its even close.Canidraftyou
Jun 7, 2002 12:37 PM
Sorry, in the Giro, they're traveling 38 miles an hour with a 1/4 mile to go before the sprinters get on it. JUST A GUESS, YOU NEED TO DO LIKE 45 to 46 mph in the last 1/4 mile and be able to hold it and have just alittle more left in ya.

Im not knocking ya, sounds like a nice sprint. I may be able to match it, but im not able to hold it. When you start breaking new chains think about the track. Thats what was told to me anyway.

still, no reason not to give it a shotweiwentg
Jun 7, 2002 5:26 PM
the skills will carry over to the road. but don't forget to do the road rides, else this skinny little climber will beat you up the hill ;)
in the immortal words of Nike's marketing dept: JUST DO ITlonefrontranger
Jun 7, 2002 12:38 PM
agree with brider; track will school you in tactical wisdom. Besides, my mentor had a saying: most things in life are like racing on the track; easily solved with a head-butt.
don't quit yer day job!merckx56
Jun 7, 2002 2:06 PM
our tuesday night vomit fest ends with a big hairy tailwind sprint and we usually break 70kmh (43mph). some 7up pro guys showed up and beat me like a red-headed stepchild!
that night we were around 75kmh(46mph) and i thought i was gonna have a stroke.
racing on the track is different animal all together. there is no 53/13 on the track! if you can spin a 90-100 (48/14 or 13) inch gear at 40 mph, then go track riding. i can't do it! my hips dislodged and killed someone and the law won't allow me on the track anymore!
Jun 8, 2002 4:18 PM
he bro.. if your doing up to 37mph and your not a sprinter... imagine what a little coaching on the track could do for you. Ignore what they say about the tour riders doing 38mph and then sprinting, cause thats what there being paid to do.
Just have fun. Track racing is awesome, even if you suck at it like I do! :) thats mainly the reason I stick with the hills!!!!