Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Thoughts on the difference between sprinting on the track and sprinting on the road is something that often floats through my head.

The top track sprinters are throwing out 2,500W, where as top road sprinters hit 1,700W when they sprint. The difference I think comes from when that power is produced.

On the track a sprinter goes from a fuck all to full power in a moment and then 10-15 seconds later it's all over.

On the road a sprinter has one or more hours where they're averaging many hundred Watts, a full paced leadout that starts 1-2 minutes before the final kick, and THEN they hit their peak numbers. (check the enthusiasm about Hendo's numbers here).

It helps explain the look of fear in the eyes of track sprinters at the prospect of a 10km race, by the time the final 200m comes around they've had all the fun ripped out of their legs... that is if they're still there.

How does this all relate to me? No idea, I still struggle with an idea of what I am as a cyclist. Right now I feel like I'm an ok road leadout type dude and an ok track sprinter, but not great at either.

D: 13.7km
A: 55m

PMPW: 96kg

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