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Old 10-24-07, 08:14 PM   #1
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Fastest speed for sprinter?

What's the fastest max speed for a pro cylist (sprinter specialist) on a road bike, flat ground, solo. No aero heelmet or time trial bars, just a standard crit road bike setup.
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What's the fastest max speed for a pro cylist (sprinter specialist) on a road bike, flat ground, solo. No aero heelmet or time trial bars, just a standard crit road bike setup.
I don't think anyone can answer this question.

Really.

We can all take guesses but the above conditions make it so far from realistic (solo) that it just can't be answered.
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Average then. i am only at 34 mph tops
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More than 34.
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Average then. i am only at 34 mph tops
Well no road sprinter trains to gun it up to top speed on their own. They have leadouts at 60km/h+ for that. They then hit the front for the last 150-200m.

From a leadout, on the flat, with no wind, I think 45mph is pretty realistic. Hell, I can hit 40 on a good day and with a proper train in front of me.
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Steady-state 45 MPH takes ~40% more power than steady-state 40 MPH... plus you have to accelerate to get there.

Once you get into the high 30's the power requirements of 1 MPH difference starts to get huge.
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Steady-state 45 MPH takes ~40% more power than steady-state 40 MPH... plus you have to accelerate to get there.

Once you get into the high 30's the power requirements of 1 MPH difference starts to get huge.
Yessir. Which is why I ain't no sprinter.
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Well the current world record for the flying 200m is 9.77s which is a little over 45mph. Very different from a sprint during a road race but it should give you a good idea of what is possible.
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No way. Its like 16.2 mph. None yuns can top that.
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tour riders hit 47 or so
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I would say high 30s/low 40s.. not 45s. I knew a pro who hit 40- he was by far the fastest when it came to drag racing without any trains.
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47? Maybe with a tailwind or slight downgrade. 42-44mph will win you a windless, flat sprint after 200k and a good leadout.

Remember, Pettachi-Zabel-Hushovd,McEwen etc, would be basically kilo or pursuit riders on the track, not pure match sprinters.
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47? Maybe with a tailwind or slight downgrade. 42-44mph will win you a windless, flat sprint after 200k and a good leadout.

Remember, Pettachi-Zabel-Hushovd,McEwen etc, would be basically kilo or pursuit riders on the track, not pure match sprinters.
Or the prime example: Stuart O'Grady. Points race bronze, team pursuit gold, and madison gold medalist.
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You can cheat by doing your speed max with your TT gear and with a self leadout. Yep, pointy helmets and deep dish front wheels help over 35.
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He asked for Fastest max speed not max speed. Sheesh..
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Anyone hitting 40 on their own and without benefit of wind cheating bits, track equipment, and whatnot, I'll personally anoint The Stud of Bike Forums in the same class as R600DuraAce and Ryanf.
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No self respecting road sprinter would be caught dead accelerating in undisturbed air. It just wouldn't be civilized.
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Anyone hitting 40 on their own and without benefit of wind cheating bits, track equipment, and whatnot, I'll personally anoint The Stud of Bike Forums in the same class as R600DuraAce and Ryanf.
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Remember, Pettachi-Zabel-Hushovd,McEwen etc, would be basically kilo or pursuit riders on the track, not pure match sprinters.
Usually, track sprinters are also Kilo riders, I'd compare road sprinters more to Pursuit riders alone.

Now Theo Bos is supposedly switching to road racing after Beijing in 2008, and he's a world champion sprinter, holds the afforementioned 200m record of 9.772 seconds, races the Kilo and does points and scratch races. I just thought I'd get that out there, because that's scary.
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What's the fastest max speed for a pro cylist (sprinter specialist) on a road bike, flat ground, solo. No aero heelmet or time trial bars, just a standard crit road bike setup.
Sprint speed dosent matter long as youre faster than the rest of the peleton.
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Anyone hitting 40 on their own and without benefit of wind cheating bits, track equipment, and whatnot, I'll personally anoint The Stud of Bike Forums in the same class as R600DuraAce and Ryanf.
Keep drinking water from denial river cause some can acually hit 40 in a sprint..... BTW what sprinter have you ever seen doing it "on their own" with not lead out?

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about 6 months ago my max was 27 on flats...now it's like 34-37ish.....i got 40 with a lead out the other day...do i get some sort of present for most improved?, i know allot of guys that can pull 40 with a lead out...however...there aren't allot of guys that can go over 44ish.

boonan was winning most of the tour sprints with about a 44ish top speed
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