Video: Never take chances descending, here’s how fast it goes wrong

Posted on: February 21st, 2019

The group finds a small truck where they are not expecting to and things go badly pear-shaped very quickly. It’s easy to drift into this kind of risk so mind yourself.


It sounds like a no-brainer but it’s worth saying it very clearly; never, ever take a chance with descending.

The riders in this clip are out training in a group. They’re in Continental Europe when they drive/ride on the right.

Coming down a climb and taking a right hander at speed, they drift out to their left and into the oncoming lane.

It’s an easy thing to do, especially if you’re going too fast and misjudge a corner or if you simply lose concentration for a moment.

And when these guys drift out and a truck is coming up the climb, the situation doesn’t exactly take long to escalate.

Luckily the rider has a helmet on because he hits the vehicle’s win mirror. This was bad enough, but it could have been much worse.

This kind of situation – drifting even slightly onto the wrong side of the road at speed coming off a climb – can happen much easier than you think.

So control your speed and be vigilant. It’s much better to err on the side of caution when descending; the one time you take a chance will be the time you’ll pay for it.

This clip has been shared by Michael Carbel – 3rd in the U23 Worlds road race in 2017. The incident occurred when he was out training with his Team Waoo Continental level squad.