Video: How to improve your descending

Essential technique for going downhill quickly and safely

by Mat Brett   August 8, 2014  

Descending

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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"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.

posted by Ham-planet [103 posts]
8th August 2014 - 20:49

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"*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.

posted by timtak [27 posts]
10th August 2014 - 3:10

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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.

Have a nice day.

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posted by DavidC [77 posts]
10th August 2014 - 3:38

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