Training with the pros: Lucy Garner on sprinting

Tips from the top courtesy of double world junior champion

It’s really hard sprinting, actually. It’s very hard to improve. I think it’s just one of those things, like time trialling, where it’s just natural to some people.

For me, what’s really helped has been going out doing training and trying different gears and knowing what gears you will need for the type of road you are on.

The key to a good sprint, according to Lucy Garner, is getting your gears right (pic: ANSA/Peri-Carconi)

As a junior you used not to be instructed like that. I was just always in my biggest gear starting the sprint but that was something I really had to change when I made the step up.

If I’m in the big gear, obviously I’m not really going to get anywhere, so that was something really important – knowing what gear to start in and moving up the gears accordingly.

With your gears, it’s really just a case of not just going into a race situation and trying it. It’s something you’ve got to do in training, it’s a really good opportunity to try it out.

Just find different stretches of road to practice on and also just try it out with your team-mates or training partners.


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