Practicing forcing another rider to the front

An important skill in match sprinting is the ability to force your opponent to take the lead.  It's more than just being able to trackstand, although that's a critical skill.  For a great example of this being done at Olympic level, watch the video of Anna Meares vs Vicki Pendleton for the gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.


This drill is done in pairs over two laps, one rider is leading and trying to force the other into the lead, a combination of trackstands, track position and variation of speed is used.  For added difficulty, track stands can be forbidden.  At no time may the following rider be more than 5 to 10 metres from the rear of the leading rider.