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    what type of cyclist am i

    all right let me make this fast...i am a track cyclist the part i want to know is weather i am a sprinter or an endurance one... i ask my coach he said i am to fast enough to be close to a sprinter...but i have pursuiting ability... so i am like an in between cyclist... so to put this to rest i want to pick a one and follow it... either sprinting or endurance.. i do a flying 200m in 12.3 secs on an asphalt 400m track.. i have a terrible jump..but an ok top end.. any advice or test to do to figure out what is best i would accept...

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    Everything. At the level 99% of us race at, there isn't an appreciable difference. Go race, do everything, and have fun. If you specialize too soon, You may miss a lot of the racing.

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    Sounds like the Omnium could be good for you to focus on...

    Had testing to find out whether your muscles are more fast or slow twitch? Done a power profile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Broon View Post
    Everything. At the level 99% of us race at, there isn't an appreciable difference. Go race, do everything, and have fun. If you specialize too soon, You may miss a lot of the racing.
    I agree with that. Maybe give it a season to see A: what's most fun to you and B: what you seem to do best with. Chances are, A and B will be the same and you'll have your answer. For me, it was quickly apparent that I'm a sprinter, however after a winter of looking at my power profiles, my coach is thinking I might be best at the Kilo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladraz View Post
    all right let me make this fast...i am a track cyclist the part i want to know is weather i am a sprinter or an endurance one... i ask my coach he said i am to fast enough to be close to a sprinter...but i have pursuiting ability... so i am like an in between cyclist... so to put this to rest i want to pick a one and follow it... either sprinting or endurance.. i do a flying 200m in 12.3 secs on an asphalt 400m track.. i have a terrible jump..but an ok top end.. any advice or test to do to figure out what is best i would accept...
    How long have you been racing?

    Maybe race everything for a season and see where things shake out.

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    Any reason to not race everything you enjoy, not matter the distance or "style"?
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    i have been racing for 3 years on the track, my first year i did every thing... second paid more attention to the sprinting.. and i am in cat 2.. and in my country cat 1 and 2 ride together... and they pick out of that cat for national teams...so if i want to make it big i need to pick one...i living in trinidad and tobago..

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    Are you riding at the Palo Seco velodrome? I know it's not a particularly fast track, so 12.3 for a flying 200m is ok. How are your times compared to other riders (for 200m and pursuits)? You may have the necessary speed, but to be a Sprinter you have to be able to get there quickly and you mentioned that your jump isn't the greatest. I would say you are more of an Enduro. How good is your sprint acceleration at race pace. Do you do well in Points and Scratch races?
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    hmm taras first answer making sence plenty... my jumps in race speed are not special..all i have is top end speed so when i have to do any match sprinting i must make the pace fast as possible before the sprint starts... and my endurance level is terrible... after 5 laps i am spent...could do with more road work..but when i started of training i took me 6 months to keep up on the hills with my cycling club...but 1 month to be faster than them on the track..

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    How do you compare to others in your country?

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    If you like getting technical, get your self a power meter for your roadie. maybe hire a powertap wheel.
    Do a set of tests and record your average power for 5sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min and 30 min.
    You should then have a power profile of your capabilities.
    Programs such as training peaks and more so WKO+ will help you analyse your results to determine what sort of rider you really are.
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