Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 12:30

Sprintfest - Sprint Training at Hillingdon


John Leitch


Improve your sprinting at the two early 2011 Hillingdon SprintFests


Coaching with a focus on rider power and finishing tactics


There will be training exercises both with a lead-out man and where you’ll be going head-to-head on your own.


Just picture yourself in the early spring….


…’ve trained hard through the winter, done plenty turbo sessions, and you now think you can win races in 2011…. or win out of small groups


… think you could be handy when it comes to a bunch finish but how do you know?


Building on last year’s SprintFest, these are themed afternoons of coaching/training aimed at helping you hone those skills you need to do well in the hurly-burly of the final lap… and particularly in the last 200m.



Dates:               Sunday February 20

                        Sunday March 13


Venue: Hillingdon cycle circuit.


Time:                1.00pm (signing on from 12.30pm)


Finishing:          3.00pm-4.00pm…. depending on numbers and weather.


Club priority:    teams of four will make for the best session…

….. so rustle up three of your club-mates and come as a group.


But…not everyone will be in such a fortunate position, so there should be room for all combinations…. single riders, riders coming in pairs as well as groups of three…… whatever, we should be able to allocate you to a team of four when necessary.


On the agenda at the two SprintFests will be:


A series of training races including:


  • longer two-lap races with each sprinter getting a lead-out train of three riders
  • shorter one-lap races with each sprinter getting a single lead-out rider
  • head-to-head sprints between groups of four riders… with promotion and demotion to keep everyone on their toes


Skills exercises:


  • throwing the bike at the line
  • advance balance and coordination – riding shoulder-to-shoulder with another rider.


Cost of places:             

£13 in advance              – members of clubs in the Surrey Cycle Racing League

£15 in advance             – other riders

£22 on the day*


(*please note: a coach has an upper limit of 20 riders so once those places have gone then any additional riders turning up would have to be turned away…. last year the numbers of advanced bookings were so strong that it triggered me to track down another coach… but we still ran over the limit of 40 and left a few disappointed)


For more information on the Hillingdon SprintFest:         please contact John Leitch


01737 84 36 01 or