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How to Sprint Faster?! The Position Best Optimized for the Sprint

November 2018
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I read a great article that looks in great depth at the position pro sprinters adopt to get a few extra mph-km/h out of their sprint.

Did you know the average pro sprint finish is right around 40-mph and lasts less than 20 seconds?

The best I’ve ever done, without a howling tailwind, is 34-1/2 so I’m fairly stoked about that, but the forward position the pros sprint in? I can partially get there, but at 48 years-old I think it’s just a bridge too far.

Still, for a fairly huge change in positioning on the bike, they say you can get as much as an extra 5-km/h out of your sprint.

For your average weekend warrior like me, that’s the difference between 34-1/2 and call it 37-mph (once you consider I’m almost that low already).

Whether a sprinter or not, give the article a look. It’s quite an interesting read.

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3 Comments

  1. capejohn says:

    I played the system and bought an electric assist bike. It keeps me in the 16 MPH average speed.

  2. Link didn’t work, but I managed to dig it out of your coding:

    http://theconversation.com/your-riding-position-can-give-you-an-advantage-in-a-road-cycling-sprint-106539

    Caleb’s position that far forward looks like an accident waiting to happen, seems to work for him though I guess. Look at some of Cav’s old sprint footage. He’s always much, much lower over the bars than his competitors. The new breed of sprinters are catching on.

    Now, all I need is an extra 600 watts and I’ll be all over it! 😉

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