Originally Posted by mcafiero
After watching some clips of Sir Chris Hoy from a standing start, it seems really obvious that his "up" stroke is just as intense as his down. http://youtu.be/P1AfJSrh1ME
I think about my first chariot race and match sprints last week. I never really think about pulling up on the foot that's not pedaling down. I was playing around with that on my commute to work and I'm excited to see if it helps on the track.
Any other techniques in achieving the best sprint technique out there that I should think about?
You got 2nd in a sprint tournament and you are just learning about pulling up on the pedals during jumps and standing starts?
You must be really, really good at mashing.
One racer on another forum identified something like 6 different pedal strokes. They are all applicable at different cadence and torque ranges.
Here is one basic primer on the subject. It's not track sprinting specific, but it will get you going: http://www.bicycling.com/training-nu...t-pedal-stroke
If you google the phrase: bicycle pedal stroke, you'll see the great debate about it.
Is there any chance that your track offers clinics or beginner classes? If so, I'd go to as many as possible and absorb the info.
Oh and regarding Chris Hoy: He's one of the masters of the Standing Start. You will often see stronger riders using clipless pedals combined with single or double leather toe straps. This is because their upstroke is strong enough to possibly break the grasp of the pedal and their foot will disengage. This isn't really a big deal on the road where one can coast till you get back into the pedal. On the track, it get's a bit more hairy.
Lance did it once (watch at the 0:30 mark):
Originally Posted by gtrob
Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.
Last edited by carleton; 06-20-11 at 08:44 PM.