How often do you close your eyes and inwardly focus on the backs of your legs? We're saying you should be doing it a whole lot more often.
As we discussed in Yoga for Cyclists part 7, tight hamstrings can affect the posture, pulling the pelvis out of alignment, so care of the hamstrings is essential to everyday wellbeing, and to protecting the joints during training.
Resident Road.cc yoga expert Karen Burt shows us two hamstring exercises, one that's designed if you have a bit of a bad back, or not.
The aim for the more flexible of back is to lean forward as if touching the toes - but they key is to relax into the movement, rather than stretch or push into it.
The less flexible can do an exercise that involves lying on the back, pulling the knees in and relaxing the hamstrings.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.