a skill that must be constantly practiced in order to gain increased
speed, power, and tactical awareness. I break sprinting down into
is your ability to generate large amounts of anaerobic power.
I suggest six weeks of specific anaerobic sprints that are performed
indoors on your trainer. This way you are in a controlled environment
and can concentrate on your shear anaerobic out power of power
during a 15 second effort.
2. Coordination--High speed
coordination is very important. Your bike simply handles differently
at 35-45 mph than at 18-20 mph, where 90% of your training is
performed. Try downhill or tail wind sprints at high speeds--reaction
time is reduced at high speeds, and coordination and bike handling
are very critical.
3. Biomechanics--The biomechanics
of sprinting is very different from normal riding. Remember, sprinting
is a violent action on the bike and your sprinting technique doesn't
have to be efficient but effective. Try using your arms to leverage
more power out of your bicycle.
4. Tactical maneuvers--These
skills must be maintained and practiced repeatedly. Try group
sprints during training rides. The tactical maneuvers during group
sprints are the same ones you will use during a race. Stay sharp!!