okay, i ride almost always by myself, and find it difficult to judge sprinting by mph. usually after a 40 mile solo ride i can hit 32 mph on a flat. that just sounds pathetic to me, but based on some of my racing, i really don't think that i am that bad of a sprinter, at least for cat 5. i've read workouts that say you should use a downhill to get up to a fast speed and then accelerate to a max to simulate sprinting in a group. using this method i got up to 32 mph on the downhill and then hit 38 mph on the flat. does this seem weird to anyone else? i mean i guess the gearing could be limiting my sprint at the lower speeds (i certainly am not in the 12 when i accelerate from 22 mph on the flat whereas that is the only gear i am in on the downhill sprint) but i didn't think that i would be able to accelerate that much after the downhill. i guess i am asking for help with understanding my mediocre sprint mph on flats (32 mph) without hill or draft assistance. should i be worried that this number is so low? does it sound like i am just runing out of gear on the flat sprint? blahhrrrgghhhh? any assistance would be swell.