40 Meter Cycle Sprint Test

This is a test of anaerobic fitness. The 40m cycle sprint test is part of the eTID Talent Identification Testing Program for sprint cycling, and their protocol is listed here. There are actually two tests, the standing start 40m speed test, and flying 40m speed test. See also the 2km cycling time trial which is part of the same protocol.

purpose: This test measures anaerobic fitness and leg muscles explosive power, as well as cycling speed.

equipment required: An appropriate 80 meter route (e.g. a velodrome, running track, parking
lot or road), bicycle, stopwatch, measuring tape, witches hats (or marking tape).

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender. Record the test conditions, such as the weather, wind and track surface, particularly if testing is performed outside. Record details of the bike used, and set up the seat and handlebars to suit the athlete. See more details of pre-test procedures.

Sprint Cyclist

procedure: Mark out a 80m distance and place witches hats/marking tape at 0m, 40m and 80m. Place two witches hats approximately 5m after the finish line (85m mark).

scoring: The fastest time for both the standing start and flying start should be recorded to the
nearest second.

advantages: this test is a very cheap and simple test to perform.

disadvantages: performance on this test can be affected greatly by motivation.

comments: The subject should be instructed to ride right through to the witches hats to ensure they don’t decelerate before they reach the finish line and therefore increase their total time.

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