Training with the pros: Lucy Garner on sprinting

Tips from the top courtesy of double world junior champion

Be it a battle between your mates to reach a town sign first, or a high octane bunch gallop on the biggest stages of all, nothing eclipses a sprint in cycling both as a spectacle and to be a part of.

Those who boast a powerful kick are as revered in the sport for the mountain men who can blast up the fierce gradients of some of the world’s most iconic climbs.

In Mark Cavendish, Great Britain boasts arguably the greatest of this generation’s fast men and the future looks to be in safe hands too, certainly as far as the female counterparts go.

British sprinter Lucy Garner received the ‘Best of British’ jersey on the podium at the Women’s Tour (pic: Alex Broadway/SWpix)

Having launched from the bunch to claim two junior world championship titles, rising star Lucy Garner knows a thing or two about sprinting – particularly as she is learning her trade in the professional ranks from one of the best in the business – Giant-Shimano’s Kirstin Wild.

But what does it take to sprint like the best?

Whether it’s to earn club bragging rights after an evening’s ride, or if you are hoping to race, read on for Garner’s advice on training for, and performing, when it comes to a sprint finish.

Lucy Garner races for Team Giant-Shimano, is an ambassador for children’s charity, Dreams Come True and is currently gearing up for the annual fundraising campaign, the Dream Tea. Dreams Come True also has places on cycling events such as the Prudential RideLondon. For more information, visit

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