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Video: How to improve your cornering

Technique tips to get you around the corners quickly and safely

GCN have published a new video showing you how to improve your cornering with tips that are relevant to all road riders. The right technique is vital if you want to corner quickly and safely.

The video advises you to do all your braking before the corner where possible. If you have to brake while you’re in a corner, your speed through the corner will need to be slower.

The video also advises you to go into fast corners with your hands on the drops because this is a stable position and it helps add a bit more weight to the front end. It also keeps your centre of gravity low, helping you to corner more quickly.

In sharper corners you should drop your outside pedal and put your weight onto that leg. That’ll help push the tyres into the road and provide more clearance for your inside pedal.

In more gentle corners you can sometimes keep pedalling, but only if you’re sure you’re not going to ground  the inside pedal.

The video also goes into the best line to take if you want to get around quickly, advising you to choose entry and exit paths that smooth out the corner as much as possible. If it’s safe to do so, use the full width of the road that’s available to you to carry more speed through the corner and out the other side.

See the Racesmart video series for advice on how to corner in a bunch.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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