Sprinting

The sprinter will take advantage of the Trunk Pelvic Roll skill during a flat stage finish. When the finish line is at the end of a long, but modest incline, the athlete who relies on the Sidebend Hip Hike skill will generally have the advantage.

The Sidebend Hip Hike for Sprinting
In sprints, particularly those on long climbs, the Sidebend Hip Hike can add tremendous power to an athlete's pedal stroke. The downstroke takes advantage of the upper body's weight as it is shifted over the downstroke crankarm. The upstroke improves as the hip hike pulls the crankarm toward the top of the stroke.

Dynamic balance on the brake hoods and pedals enables the Sidebend Hip Hike to function smoothly throughout the pedal stroke. That smooth effort, applied to both the upstroke and downstroke enables the rapid, sustained acceleration required to cross the line ahead of the bunch.

The Trunk Pelvic Roll for Sprinting
At the end of a long road race, the top sprinters are defined by the quality of the Trunk Pelvic Roll off the saddle sprint. Teammates are rewarded with their effort in positioning their sprinter, victorious. The sprinter maximizes power output by performing the Trunk Pelvic Roll over a very tight axis rather than waste valuable energy in using the arms to swing the bike from side to side.

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The effort that is directed to the downstroke must be matched proportionally to unloading the upstroke; otherwise the effort will be wasted. The benefit is to focus the effort on the crankarms, create a decisive acceleration and sustain the velocity to the line.