Feedback for Blackburn's Friday night sprint night
What I'd like to do next time
As I mentioned in a blog entry last week, I only did the flying 200 (rode a reasonable time, considering, 13.05, not that far off my PB), the team sprints and the keirin (I was rubbish in the keirin! Totally pissweak effort! anyway ....)
At the end of the night I was asked for some feedback. Here it is :
Do flyng 200's every time to start and grade everyone - these are an important sprint discipline and practicing them (and racing them!) is important. Do them over the full 3.5 lap distance, not 2.5 laps. It's what we train for, and how we race. The juniors whop are along to have fun should get exposed to this properly.
Team sprints - we did them in teams of 2 (good) but with the fastest and slowest combined, second fastest with second slowest and so on. This meant that it wasn't really a race and the kids felt bad for holding up the seniors they were teamed with, despite our best efforts to encourage them. They did learn, but I'd suggest we do two team sprints - one like this, and one graded with nominated teams that we can be a bit more serious about.
Keep the keirins, and keep them at the end of the night. To give the sprinters time to recover, run scratch races between the sprints for enduros (or enduros that want to also sprint, go for it guys ... who needs recovery?!).
If numbers are low, match sprints, if numbers are high, more keirins.