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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
Best Advice: Think of this as a "training race" and not a "real race".


So, relax.


Finally, understand that the flying 200 is only a key to get into the sprint tournament. If you don't learn how to match sprint, you will be frustrated. Don't spend all of your time focusing on the flying 200. Many great sprinters were never the best qualfiers. Some qualify in the middle of the pack and win their way to 1st place. This is especially true at the local levels where skill and prowess can be very different among competitors.

All of this takes a lot of time in the saddle.
I know I am probably overthinking it, but the problem is there are 39 riders trying to qualify for the top 12 spots that go on for the match sprint rounds, and I know there will be plenty of 11s and even a couple of 10s in there. I wanna get in that top 12 to get race experience 1on1 sprinting. If I don't, my competition will be done after the flying 200 So if I can do anything to save a 0.1-0.2 of a second, I will do it. Realistically though the chances of going through are very slim...

I have had the chance to follow faster more experienced rider every now and then and that did help a lot to learn the proper line--at least in my local 250m wooden indoor velodrome (Derby). I will be racing in Manchester though.

Originally Posted by brawlo;
Current thinking seems to put optimal cadence in the 120-130rpm region. Aiming for 140 is too high. Based on what you've written, you should at least be doing your F200 in 51/13. Unless this competition is critical, then I would actually go 52 or 53/13. You are going faster on bigger gears and showing good adaptation. A couple of weeks ago, I personally ran 12.06 in 51/12. Not too bad, not too good, but when you consider I'm at 130kg and a sail at 6'5" and no disc, it's pretty damn good. The beauty about bigger gears is that the tapering off of speed is much less at the end of your run.

For the run in, I have a friend who has played around with this a bit, and he has very little difference in F200 times by jumping in T3, or even waiting until coming out of T4, so I don't think that is as critical as some might think. As far as speeds go, guys that do low 11s are looking at the final run down the back straight to be at 45-50kph. Whatever you do, power up the banking into T3 to reduce that drop off in speed while in the saddle and get on the gas somewhere in T3-T4. The correct line is really track dependent so watch what your really fast guys do.

For the windup, the common school of thought is a slow path to the fence in the last lap before the fly. My mate has been fooling around with this and has been going straight to the fence from the start. I've tried this and it works well for me too. The slow windup means you're constantly on the gas. For me, straight to the fence means you get a little recovery running down the banking onto the straights. I'm fit enough to recover very quickly, so I think that is why it works well for me. Whichever way you look at it, studies show that the fastest people are the ones who use the least amount of energy in the windup. It's just something you have to work out for yourself.
That was very interesting

I have too noticed that in smaller gears I gas out sooner and by the end of the 200m I struggle more.

Don't know about you guys but personally going high up the bankings around the corners in the windup always seems to tire me out. So I've been doing the slow path to the fence kinda thing, only staying at the fence around the corners for the final lap. I think my only issue is that sometimes I try to save too much energy and get too slow to the final back straight and then I lose about 1 km/h in max speed, specially with bigger gears. At the moment I was contemplating to go for 49/13 (102") but like you said if I make sure to to get to the final back straight a few km/h faster and get of the gas as usual around corner 4, I think 51/13 (106") could work out better. Maybe I could even get up to 125 RPM and get a big PR If I go for 49/13 I would have to get to around 130 RPM for a big PR. Mmmm...
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