Bikedan wrote:why would you want to mash the pedals in a sprint? In my point of view, sprinting is still about fluid pedal stroke and at the end of a sprint, if executed properly, you will be starting to spin out. High cadences in sprints need good control of your pedal stroke and mashing the pedals will not help that.
Cycling shoes and pedals help train a more efficient pedal stroke - however, it still takes alot of practice and it is still very difficult to master a perfect pedal stroke with clip-ins - a large percentage of riders still have a dead spot near the very top of the stroke and this becomes more pronounced when fatigued. When you are doing long distances on a bike, pedaling efficiency is important and if you can spin at higher cadences you will conserve your legs for longer.
newbies love to mash...its just the way it is.
you is right of course but sometimes its ok to have fun on the bike too. we aren't all trying to win olympic gold after all.