Bunch-sprint

Noun

A sprint that takes place at the end of a group ride

Example usage: Before the bunch-sprint, the riders had been cycling steadily for over an hour.

Most used in: Cycling circles in Europe and North America.

Most used by: Recreational cyclists and competitive racers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: peloton sprint, mass sprint, bunch gallop, group sprint,

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What is a Bunch-Sprint in Cycling?

A bunch-sprint is a type of sprint in cycling that is specifically done in a group or ‘bunch’. It is typically a sprint that takes place at the end of a race, with cyclists aiming to be the first to cross the finish line.

In a bunch-sprint, the cyclists will usually be in a tight group, often lined up in a single file. This allows them to take advantage of the slipstream created by the other cyclists, and can provide them with an aerodynamic advantage. This means that the cyclists can travel faster than if they were on their own.

Bunch-sprints are a common sight in cycling, and are often very exciting to watch. They are also an important element of the sport, with the winner of a race often determined by who can cross the finish line first in the bunch-sprint.

Statistics show that the average speed of a bunch-sprint is around 40km/h, with the fastest speeds often reaching over 60km/h. This makes bunch-sprints a thrilling and adrenaline-filled part of cycling.

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The Origin of 'Bunch-Sprint' in Cycling

The term 'bunch-sprint' in cycling was first used in the late 19th century. It was popularized in Europe, particularly in France and Italy, by professional road racing cyclists. The term referred to the sprinting technique used by cyclists during the final stretch of a race. This technique involved the cyclists riding closely together in a group, or 'bunch,' and then sprinting to the finish line.

At first, the bunch-sprint was used in short-distance races, such as time trials. Later, it was adopted for use in longer races, such as the Tour de France. The technique was used to maximize the cyclists' speed, as riding together in a group provided a draft that allowed them to reach greater speeds than would be possible riding alone.

Today, the bunch-sprint is used in virtually all forms of road racing. It has become a staple of the sport, and is now an integral part of any race. The technique is used not only to gain speed, but also to create a spectacle for the fans.

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