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pletcgm 03-30-04 05:05 PM

Optimal Position for Sprinting
 
I have found that for sprinting, my optimal position is not completely standing, but lifting my butt above the saddle about 6 inches. Anyone else found this to be true?

NZLcyclist 03-30-04 06:56 PM

When in an accelerating sprint, like out of a corner in a high level road race, I find that too. But when it is a final sprint and I am maxing out at 60kmh and over 170rpm I find I can get better leg speed and top end acceleration by staying seated?

Brendon

Jonny B 03-30-04 06:58 PM

Most pro sprinters appear to have their butts just off and in front of the seat. I think it's because you can get the most power from your legs whilst still having a good degree of control.

Zin 03-30-04 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NZLcyclist
When in an accelerating sprint, like out of a corner in a high level road race, I find that too. But when it is a final sprint and I am maxing out at 60kmh and over 170rpm I find I can get better leg speed and top end acceleration by staying seated?

Brendon

Hey Brendon, are you in an aero tuck when you are sprinting as well? Seems that may give you a bit of an advantage over someone that is out of the seat.

NZLcyclist 03-30-04 07:21 PM

For the initial explosion of power and speed i am on the hoods and usually just about screaming with effort, then bang im on the saddle and down on the drops. From there I will either spin out that gear, or I will snatch another gear (get up to a 53x14 some times) and get out of the saddle while in the drops, then settle back in (I use this more when it is a sustained sprint, say chasing down another rider at 55kmh+

Brendon

bg4533 03-30-04 08:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jonny B
Most pro sprinters appear to have their butts just off and in front of the seat. I think it's because you can get the most power from your legs whilst still having a good degree of control.

I don't sprint much, but this is how I natuarally seem to sprint. The problem is that my cadence slows way down and I end up pushing a 53x12 or something. I am working on just trying to just sit and spin a lower gear much faster. I think ultimately it will be more productive.

Zin 03-30-04 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NZLcyclist
For the initial explosion of power and speed i am on the hoods and usually just about screaming with effort, then bang im on the saddle and down on the drops. From there I will either spin out that gear, or I will snatch another gear (get up to a 53x14 some times) and get out of the saddle while in the drops, then settle back in (I use this more when it is a sustained sprint, say chasing down another rider at 55kmh+

Brendon

Cool. Thanks for sharing that. Sprinting is one of the things I am working on when I go out for interval training. I was sprinting out of the saddle. That is why I was asking. I think I'll try the way you described and see how it works for me.

Thanks again.
Bob


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