ClASSICS

Sprinter

Classics Sprinter

 

The Classics Sprinter is an endurance-centric athlete who converts unmatched short, explosive power into a potent sprint. You are the hardman (or hardwoman) of cycling who embraces difficult terrain, harsh conditions, and adventure. You can make the key selections on short climbs, crosswinds, or rough terrain, and can ride at a high level in the peloton. Then, this rider closes the deal by beating everyone in a finish-line sprint. The career most similar to the Sprinter is a fighter pilot. We’ve all seen the film “Top Gun,” right? To be a fast jet pilot, you must be confident and quick, and able to do what’s needed, even when the going gets tough. If you’re a fighter pilot, you have to be ready to fight and stay calm amongst the chaos. You have to have the right height and weight ratio to fit in the cockpit – and ready to jump out in emergencies. Fighter jets can go 1,550 miles an per hour: that’s more than twice the speed of sound, or 25 miles in a minute. Only the best pilots in the world can fly a plane that fast: you have to be able to think and act very quickly. You must be comfortable flying in the pack but also flying solo. Classics sprinters frequently have to put out giant efforts at big speeds in a very chaotic and dangerous environment. They hide in the peloton, conserving energy and  waiting until it’s their turn to launch. They rely heavily on their teammates but ultimately it’s up to them to get the job done. They cover moves, following the train to out-sprint the less-explosive riders at the end of a grueling race. They do not give up easily and might try lots of different approaches until they get the result they want. They have a keen ability to read the race and react accordingly.  Their downfall is that they are often overconfident in their own abilities so they don’t always do the necessary positioning to set them up for the win. They aren’t afraid of situations others would deem dangerous, so they are predisposed to taking risks unnecessarily, leading to crashes. Classics Sprinters are ready to risk it all in the name of glory.   

 

Pro Rider Example:

Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan, Kirsten Wild, and Greg Van Avermaet 

 

Physique:

Shorter, more solid rider

Muscular

Ideal center of gravity

 

Physical Strengths:

Strong endurance

Powerful

Strong at producing power both in and out of-the-saddle

Prefers non-steady riding

Explosive ability

Can do both short explosive efforts and is a good sprinter

Good on short explosive climbs

Strong in super short time trials

 

Physical Weakness:

Long Sustained Climbs

Long Climbs with terrain changes

Multi day stage races or hard efforts

Long Time Trials

 

Mental Strengths:

Gritty

Aggressive

Determined

Resilient

Strong mental endurance

Intense short focus

 

Mental Weaknesses:

Often too focused on other riders

Struggles with intense focus for long periods of time

Uncomfortable with physical pressure on climbs

 

Ideal Races/Events:

Endurance events on rolling terrain

Events with rough terrain or difficult weather conditions like rain, wind, cold, and or mud

Gravel Races

Short time trials

Criteriums

Shorter Road Races

 

Ideal Race-Winning Strategy:

Explosive, surging race that comes down to a small group in the finish, from which this sprinter will win the sprint.