This thread is inspired by something I have just posted on the ebike petition thread. Have you found that the strength and conditioning you did for a previous sport has affected the type of cyclist you are ? For the good part of 30 years my regular sport was rugby, more specifically playing as a winger. As a result I developed the ability to accelerate very quickly over a short distance. Having taken up cycling a few years ago I have found my average speed to be between 15 and 16 mph and in group / mass rides I am very much a plodder at the back. The only exception is when I am commuting in London, where I can fair fly along the short sections between traffic lights as I am able to put down a lot of power for a short distance and am usually in the top 3 in the day on Strava. I have come to the conclusion that I am pretty much stuck with this and will continue to be a Jekyll and Hyde cyclist !