The Team sprint
(also sometimes known as the Olympic sprint
) is a track cycling
event. Despite its name, it is not a conventional cycling sprint
event - it is, in the men's event, a three-man team time trial
held over three laps of a velodrome
, and, in the women's event, a two-woman event held over two laps.
The current men's world best time is 42.950 seconds, set by the British team of Jamie Staff
, Jason Kenny
and Chris Hoy
in heat 6 of the Team Sprint event at the 2008 Olympic Games
. This is referred to as a world's best time as the race is held over three laps of a track, not a set distance in metres. As velodrome can vary in exact length this can only be referred to as a world's best time not a world record.
It was first introduced into championship racing in 1996.
Like the team pursuit
event, two teams race against each other, starting on opposite sides of the track. At the end of the first lap, the leading rider in each team pulls up the banking leaving the second rider to lead for the next lap; at the end of the second lap, the second rider does the same, leaving the third rider to complete the last lap on his own. The team with the fastest time is the winner.
The third rider needs good endurance qualities to maintain high speed to the finish. Kilometre track time trial
specialists are usually chosen for this role.
Rules and Qualifying/Race Format
The qualifying round sees each team racing by themselves against the clock. The aim of the qualifying round is to simply set... Read More