Newbie to Grass Track Cycling
Hi, I'm 16 and relatively new to cycling, I started after watching the Olympics last year, going from absolutely no experience and no fitness whatsoever, I could barely ride 5 miles! I have kept it up, seen huge improvements and enjoy it massively! I'm wanting to take it further now and start competing. I'm in the process of entering local TT's and Crit Races, however, I would really like to have a go at track cycling, and the grass track racing nearby- starting in May is of massive interest to me.
I don't own a fixie bike, but the club running the races allow competitors to borrow the bikes so I should be ok on that front.
However, the training I've been doing at the moment has been pretty basic, and focused more on fitness and keeping a good, steady speed, 25kph averages rather than sprinting. The top speed I've hit sprinting on flat/on the road is 56kph, and on the rollers during interval training, I hit around 54kph. I'm sure thats not great and probably shows I'm no natural! So I'll need to improve massively.
If its any help, I don't exactly have the 'physique' of a sprinter, I'm 5ft 6, 53kg, puny/skinny and I have long legs, so most people take one look and assume I don't have a chance! I would like to prove them wrong
I wondered if there are any short term training plans, or tips anyone could give me on how I can improve before the racing starts? With the acceleration and the endurance of the grass track?
Also, any advice in general on track racing since I have never competed before,
It would be greatly appreciated!