Many people have extra time to train at Christmas. If you do, why not try some of our tips towards become a better rider.
If you find yourself with some training opportunities during the Christmas holiday period, there are some techniques in the clip below that you might put into practice towards making you a better rider.
Some of the areas covered include:
- Pace yourself – the fastest and most comfortable way of getting from A to B is to measure your effort.
- Look where you’re going; it will make you safer and will mean your bike handling improves. Better cornering, for example, will aid speed.
- Practice riding in a dead straight line; it’s essential for safe and efficient riding in a group.
- Descend on the drops; it will help build speed and confidence over time.
- Apply your brakes before you enter corners and know your front brake is most effective.
- Get comfortable sitting in order riders’ slipstream. This is essential to grouping riding and if you don’t know how to do this you must learn by asking riders with more experience.
- Relax – it can help you climb and descend better. And you’ll also enjoy your cycling more.
- Never wear underwear – or any other item – under cycling shorts. It will chaff if you do, and things can get pretty nasty.