“First one to the county line wins!”
Whether it was to the car during a rainstorm, across the airport to make a connection, or at the end of a race, everyone has sprinted at some point in their life, but not everyone practices or performs sprints during bike rides. But you should.
These short, all-out efforts are crucial to winning races, and they can also improve daily fatigue and energy levels and even boost aerobic fitness . However, strength training , pedaling efficiency, and practice are all important to fine-tune your sprint.
Winter and spring are great times to work on these areas and gain the benefits that will allow you to sprint with confidence on various terrains and disciplines.
pedal stroke What Exactly is a Sprint?
The defining factors of a sprint: It’s short in duration and maximal in effort.
These explosive efforts can be time-based or distance-based. Some cyclists define sprints as an effort given over a specific distance, such as 200 meters or 300 meters, while others define sprints as a short duration effort lasting 15 seconds or 45 seconds. In any of these scenarios, you go all out in intensity. The Benefits of Sprinting Go Beyond Speed Not only do sprint workouts improve sprint power, but they can also improve endurance . A study published in 2016 in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise investigated perceived fatigue and energy levels following a repeat sprint workout versus a workout that did not change effort throughout (like a zone […]