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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. 

Mat has 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 road.cc 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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.