Video: How to improve your descending
Essential technique for going downhill quickly and safely

GCN have released an online video showing you how to get the most out of your descending.

The video advises you to descend on the drops of your handlebars for extra stability and to lower your centre of gravity, and to hold the bars firmly but not over-tightly.

It also tells you to get into a low, aerodynamic position with your knees and elbows in if you want to increase your speed on really fast sections.

Many people freewheel on descents but just a small amount of effort can help you go considerably faster.

Check out GCN’s video on cornering technique to help get your line choice right through downhill bends. 

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Ham-planet [109 posts] 1 year ago

"In general, the fastest line choice downhill is the shortest…"
"…look to smooth out corners, taking wider lines into and out of them."
A blatant contradiction within a 15 s interval; you'll forgive me if I disregard descending advice from pretty much all road cyclists if this is what the best of them come up with.

timtak [45 posts] 1 year ago

"*In general* the fastest line choice downhill is the shortest but (first proviso)...if possible though (second proviso) look to smooth out corners..." Sounds okay to me. But I am a coward and prefer to go downhill slowly. Downhills aren't much of a workout either.

DavidC [129 posts] 1 year ago
timtak wrote:

But I am a coward and prefer to go downhill slowly.

There really is no reason to go blazing down hills at top speed — the risks can be great compared to the thrills involved — but good descending technique will make slow descents safer too.