Training with the pros: Lucy Garner on sprinting

Tips from the top courtesy of double world junior champion

My favourite types of sessions involve just picking points on your training route and going flat out for a certain amount of time from there.

It’s really, really hard to say one type that fits all because there are so many different types of sprinter.

Obviously I’m quite a short sprinter so I want to leave mine as late as possible, but of course there are sprinters who can sprint for 20-odd seconds. You need to vary your sprinting efforts.

Garner’s team-mate, Luka Mezgec, pictured celebrating victory after stage 21 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, is another of Giant-Shimano’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of sprinting talent. pic: ©Sirotti

I’ve been doing thirty-second efforts to a minute. For a minute, you’re not likely to ever have to sprint but I’ve just got to really make sure I can keep the speed if needed.

In a race you can just never tell what will happen. If someone goes, you can’t just wait until you want to sprint. You’ve got to go with it.

So I think that’s really important. Vary your sprint and your sprinting times, you don’t want to just be doing ten-second, or fifteen-second sprints.


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