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The right way to get through a bend quickly and safely

The latest video in the Racesmart series from British Cycling explains how to corner safely while riding in a bunch. The video is aimed at promoting responsible racing but the basics apply to all kinds of bunch riding.

The video tells you to shave off speed before the corner rather than when you’re riding through it, and advises you to give yourself enough time and space to react to riders who dart up the inside.

When riding in a group you might not be able to take the best racing line so the video tells you that you’ll have to take the same curve as those around you and to avoid erratic moves.

The video also shows you how sprinting hard coming out of a corner can be a great way to put space between you and the riders behind, and tells you to be on your guard to stop any gaps developing in front of you to avoid getting dropped.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.