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How To Cycle Faster

How To Cycle Faster

What does ‘faster’ mean? It can mean different
things to different people. Faster on climbs to nail that king of the mountains. Faster
on descents to get a new maximum speed. Or faster average speeds – covering bigger distances,
quicker. Whatever it is, work out what’s important to you and then focus on improving it. Here
are some tips to put into practice. If you’re not a particularly strong climber,
you don’t have to go hard up the hills. Instead, why not play to your strengths and go hard
over the top of climbs and on descents as well? Learn the technique of the grupetto – that’s
the group at the back of the race on mountain stages, usually containing all the sprinters
and back in the day, sometimes GCN presenters. They ride steadily on the climbs and absolutely
nail the flat sections and descents, so although they concede lots of time to the climbers,
at the end of the day their average speed is almost as high. You don’t have to be into the sport of cycling
long before you’ll start noticing that riders use the term ‘aero’ quite a lot. Yes, buying
new equipment can help you go faster for the same amount of power. Things like an aerodynamic
helmet, skintight jersey or deep-section wheels can all make a big difference. But by far the biggest difference comes with
your position. If you get this more aero, you’ll find you get far greater gains. It’s easy to focus on fitness as the key to
increasing your speed, but don’t fall into the trap of neglecting your skills. It’s almost
irrelevant how fast you can go up a hill if you can’t go round corners and get yourself
down the other side quickly. Practicing these skills, like cornering and descending can
really pay dividends, especially if you’re lacking in confidence. When you’re riding, don’t always go at a constant
speed. Instead, you should look to vary the intensity, not just when climbing. Short,
fast bursts on flat roads will really help to develop a sense of speed, so try 1-5 minute
intervals at max to really develop that anaerobic engine. It certainly will pay dividends, not just
on the harder sections, but all the way through the ride, giving you the ability to nail it
when you really need to. Five simple tips to help you ride faster. Pace yourself, ride to your strengths, look
at your position on the bike and don’t neglect your technique. Finally, train so that you go faster. I must admit Si, that was pretty fast today. Thanks, Matt.

53 comments on “How To Cycle Faster

  1. My tip is, Buy a recumbent. 20-30% faster without even trying.
    And they can climb, its about the engine, not the bike. Unless it weighs a lot of course

  2. I'm feeling a need for speed, as per usual.
    I would add that shedding a pound off the beer belly is a lot cheaper and easier than shedding a pound off your bicycle/gear. 😉

  3. Simon, you might want to watch this really nice youtube video on the benefits of wearing riding glasses:

  4. Thinking about efficiency. Sometimes when I'm feeling really tired I like to think about my pedal stokes and getting the most out of everyone trying to make the power delivery as smooth as possible thinking about having as smooth a pedal stoke with my left foot and then my right and then all together, and then getting as tucked as possible to be really efficient. Like when your swimming theres no point putting more force into the water when you ave no more to give ,instead try and shape the energy that your currently putting into the bike more efficiently. Its maybe not always possibe for a out right breakaway sprint in a race but for a harder effort over like 10 minutes or so I think trying to think of this mind set will gain you some seconds and put you into a better frame of mind cycling with in your pack to push your self on to do better in the long run. 

  5. The technique advice is a great one and something I still need to practice. Also, have been working on increasing my FTP. Have found that by focusing workouts on increasing it, my overall average has gone up without even noticing greater effort. Another thing that has made a big difference is dropping weight, starting with myself.

  6. Are Matt's teeth really necessary for going faster? If anything they reduce his aero coeficient…not that the wig helps.

  7. nice video guys – I had to learn the differnce between skill and possible top speed the hard way, when I tried to copy the positions of tour de france descenders, when I was a kid 😀

  8. A lot of people dont give it large on downhills and corners..ok, cars exist etc…but cornering is criminal to get wrong….lean the bike not you – that sorts that one….that is from MTB'ing…most don't do that on a road bike as most wanna stay stately! I work bloody hard to get up a hill, i wanna enjoy it by letting gravity help me on my way and thrilling me' on the way dooowwwwwwwwnnnnnnnn LOL 

  9. Hello, I 'm from spain. …. podríais poner por lo menos subtitulos en español, seguro que somos bastante los españoles que os seguimos

  10. I am always impressed by, and somewhat jealous of, people who ride uphill at 25-30 mph. I never figured out how to do that myself. Uphill climbs always bring me to a crawl. After a year of biking I improved from walking-up-a-hill-with-the-bike to about 8 mph.

  11. Load a backpack with heavy stuff and haul it around as fast as you can. Do that for a while, and while you have your backpack on, turn off your computer/speedo and just spin away. Then on race day, take the backpack off and blast away just a little faster than a few weeks ago.

  12. Hi guys would it be possible to do a climbs video about the best climbs in each county! Could be a good series many thanks

  13. Also: don't wear cycling gloves…. obviously…. gloves slow you down by catching air — that's why the presenters aren't wearing any….?

  14. Here's an idea to go faster on a bike, attach an engine to it, I wonder if anyone else has thought of it??

  15. are u really peddling when going downhill? I sometimes think I have run out of gears. are there gears so I can pedal going down a hill?


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