Tuesday, February 14, 2006

From road to track

So, can a roadie with potential do well on the track (pursuit)? A good friend of mine is sort of challenging me and before I put money on it, I have to consult with my very capable and experienced readers. :)

My experience on the track can very simply be summed up like this:

I know it's an oval and I know that the turns have banks...

For the lack of a better word, am I screwed?

What would it take for me to ride the 4000m pursuit with decent results? As far as I know, the pursuit demands similar physical qualities as a road race. About 80% aerobic and 20% anaerobic, I think (?).

But what about technique and tactics? I need advice and I'll promise to share my winnings with you once I rip the legs of my dear friend. I look forward to hearing your 2 cents on this.


Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

DO IT! I need the money!

I am a track fanatic now, but I started as a very skinny roadie. Now I am a "big" sprinter/ keirin rider.

Brad McGee, Bradley Wiggins, Graeme Brown... there are a lot of other roadies who do just fine on the track. Pursuit is a very short road TT- like a Prologue. You will spend nearly all of your time down in the sprint lane and not on the banking, so any fear of the banking should be very limited.

You will do well- once you've won I'll give you my mailing address for my check.

Blogger mags said...


hehehehehe :) Ok, so basically I just go full bore around the track, without worrying about the banking? That sounds alright to me. Maybe this isn't such a bad thing after all. :)

Anything I should change in my training leading up to this?

I'll be sure to send a check your way. Trust me.


Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

Well, I'm a pretty crappy pursuit rider, so I am not the best coach. However, like with almost any other timed event on the track, the start is critical. Get up to speed and into your rhythm as quickly as you can. From there it is like any other TT you ride. Leg speed is big too, but most pursuits are ridden very similar to a road TT, so you won't be riding a tiny gear like us sprinters.

Outside of that, just get a little track time to get familiar with the turns and transitions. Some tracks have short straightaways and gradual turns and others have long straightaways and very quick turns. They ride a bit differently. Not knowing your track, I can't really say how to ride it... so maybe you should fly me there to help you out...

Blogger mags said...


Yeah, I'm sure the start is very critical in such a short event. At least I can use a cadence that I'm used to. The only trick will be to find the correct gearing...

Plane-tickets are on their way to Masi HQ. :)


Blogger iain said...

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Blogger iain said...

My very experienced 2 cents worth ;-). Don't forget to go anti-clockwise!

Blogger mags said...


hehehehehehe. :) I'll try and keep that in mind. But I would catch my friend much sooner if I went the other way though. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i consider myself as a roadie and in the previous years i tried to race in track (250m).So i tried the 4000m pursuit.I trained aproximately a month before the event in the track to get use to grad turns and to follow the line.This is a problem!!When you push to hard it is difficult without the propper training to follow the correct line , otherwise you will loose meters.The second thing is that you must choose the correct gear so you can feel ok.Generally speaking i think that riders with "body mass" and great power output (rouleurs or sprinters) have more chances than riders who perform well in mountains (with great weight to power ratios) because weight doesn not count to much.I dont know what type of rider you are, so i wish you the best.at last , i think track training it is one of the best power training for roadies.

Blogger mags said...

I believe it's a 333m track, with more gentle curves. According to my new highly experienced track advisor, Tim - the Masi Guy, I would spend most of my time in the sprint lane. That should solve some of the problems.

Gearing is now my biggest "worry". What to choose? I'm certainly not a big, powerful sprinter. At 5'10" and 148lbs, I don't push an enormous gear. I would like to stick with my 100-110rpm cadence, if possible...

Thanks for all the input. Keep it coming! I must beat my dear friend. :)


Blogger Skibby said...

Mags, go to fixedgearfever.com and download http://www.fixedgearfever.com/downloads/GearSpeedSheetAdvanced.xls/ It will help you determine what gearing to run...

Blogger mags said...


Great advice! Thanks a million. That document helps a ton. Not to mention that I really like that web-site.

Take care,



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