leg speed?


New Member
Apr 1, 2002
I got back on the track today for the first time in months, most of my training has been in the gym and on the indoor trainer where ive been pumping out solid power efforts and some spinning. I thought my leg speed would be ok but its terrible and seems to have gone backwards. So im seeking suggestions from anyone with ideas on increasing leg speed purely for track sprinting.

Thanks again

You need to get spinning on a real bike again!
Do lots of things in small gears, consider sessions like...

Continuous rides.
Seated accelerations from start and rolling.
Seated sprints down hills.
Accelerations off another riders wheel.
Riding the track in an easy gear.
Borrow a BMX off your kid brother.
A session where you go fast slow fast slow (but remaining in the same easy gear)
A session where you maintain a constant high pace but swithch between your big and little ring.
Flying 200's on the track (easy gear).
Riding behind a derny (motorbike) in a low gear.

As a track sprinter you should always be looking to accelerate your legs, so consider anything with accelerations and explosiveness (from standing and very importnatly from high speed). You will need to start the training with an 'easier than racing gear' and then gradualy move up the gears. So that you don't lose strength, do similar training in a 'bigger than racing gear'. As the season draws closer bring both of the gears closer together so that on your first day of racing you hit 'race gear'.
Thanks dude for your advise.

Speaking of motorpace work, can recommend any good motor pace programs or sessions.

You'll have to see what goes on down at the track near you, but these sessions spring to mind...

1.Continous fast riding in a low gear.
2.Acceleration from slow to very fast behind the derny in a low-medium gear (until you get droped)
3.From behind a fast derny, sprints of varing distance 50 to 250 meters.