Sprinters. The elite of the cycling echelon.
What is most ironic to me, a n00b to competitive cycling in general, is how nearly five hours on a bike can be considered a sprint- or a ride that would favor sprinters. When I think of sprinters the likes of Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt, and Tyson Gay come to mind.
And I’m not that far off for cycling’s part. Sprinters, both of the cycling and track varieties, share some key characteristics; mostly their body composition. Having a higher portion of fast twitch muscle fibers aids the sprinter to their need for quick bursts of speed and acceleration. Typically sprinters are considered bulkier and are often heavier than their sport counterparts. In cycling the peloton will tend to pull away from them in hilly or varied terrain, and I’m sure a similar conclusion would be there if track and field had sprinters and endurance athlete going head to head.
I can see the parallels drawn between the two sports.