Whats the shortest track race event?

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Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby retro rider » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:34 pm

Hi all, as a newbie to track cycling and since I am a sprinter, what is the shortest event in track racing?

I'm best at 30 - 60 secs and can leave pretty much everyone I have ever lined up against but after that I'm spent.
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby Corsa » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:04 am

Flying 200.
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby alchemist » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:35 am

Assuming a 250 m track - Women's Team Sprint at two laps (flying 200 is normally 3 ;) ) Men's sprint and Team sprint are also 3 laps.
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby alex » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:37 pm

Corsa wrote:Flying 200.


flying 200 is only a qualifying event anyway

shortest per person are the team sprints
if i get killed while out on my bike i dont want a 'memorial ride' by random punters i have never met.
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby Corsa » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:04 am

alex wrote:
Corsa wrote:Flying 200.


flying 200 is only a qualifying event anyway

shortest per person are the team sprints


Not necessarily. Flying 200 is often a separate event at some carnivals, particularly sixes.
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby alex » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:52 pm

still not the shortest event though ;)
if i get killed while out on my bike i dont want a 'memorial ride' by random punters i have never met.
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:35 pm

While technically the flying 200, which technically is a time trail and a time trail is a race. Then there's one lap screamer on a 250mtr track, where you go head to head with other riders.
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby ciaran » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:15 pm

mikesbytes wrote:While technically the flying 200, which technically is a time trail and a time trail is a race. Then there's one lap screamer on a 250mtr track, where you go head to head with other riders.
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GO THE GUY ON THE RIGHT! (I'm a CCCC member)

I am in a similar situation to the OP, I can sprint no worries but give me an endurance event and I am toast. I want to get some endurance though, as I think it is better to be a well-rounded rider than a one-trick pony. Apparently it is easier for sprinters to gain endurance, and not so easy for vice versa. So looks like I will be hitting the roadie HARD over the winter.

Flying 200 is definitely the shortest event, but can still be pretty taxing all the same. I know I am usually pretty deep in oxygen debt by the end of a big effort. I did a 13.66 flying 200 the other night, an improvement of over 0.8 sec from the start of the season. (its my first season too) I was pretty wobbly when I got off my bike, but a couple lollies put me back on the level.

I am going to miss track once the season is over, I would have a punt at RAW but I don't think I'm good enough. And I have never ridden a timber track so wouldn't want to stack and take out everyone else with me! :)
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:12 pm

From 2009, RAW has 5 divisions, so there's a division for everyone

Question has been answered, so we can go off topic now

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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby ciaran » Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:24 pm

No, I don't know who the person in your pic is but I definitely know the character in that last pic! He has been giving himself the most generous handicaps lately in the CCCC track racing, crafty crafty. :)
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:37 pm

Handicap in accordance with his training schedule
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby shaunie » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:45 am

though the shortest track race is a flying 200m
if you have good acceleration then the best event for you is probably the 250m time trial. it is a standing start and generally one lap if racing on a 250m track
this event has become so serious the Americans now have a national championship for this event
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby alex » Tue May 04, 2010 10:49 am

remember a flying 200 is normally 750m :)
if i get killed while out on my bike i dont want a 'memorial ride' by random punters i have never met.
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby foo on patrol » Tue May 04, 2010 5:49 pm

I could be wrong, but I vaguely remember, seeing a standing 200mtr at one stage. :?:
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby Chaderotti » Tue May 04, 2010 6:15 pm

Never heard of the 250 metre TT. I thought the 500 metre TT would be the shortest. Needless to say my acceleration isn't all that good :roll:
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby brendan » Sat May 08, 2010 8:46 pm

hey, i know this question was about distance, but if the guy says he's a sprinter, why hasn't anyone recommended.... wait for it.... sprints?
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Re: Whats the shortest track race event?

Postby brentono » Mon May 10, 2010 9:58 am

brendan wrote:hey, i know this question was about distance, but if the guy says he's a sprinter, why hasn't anyone recommended.... wait for it.... sprints?


True, but sprinting requires (wait for it)... thinking, it's not just about speed,
it's one-on one match racing (war) :wink: and tactics play a major part.
Best as a newbie, to stick to shorter TT's (KISS) and built up... take it gradual. :o
Then gradually gain experience in match racing, and after "time" you may be ready,
to be a Sprinter (if you've got what it takes).
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