How To Corner Like A Pro – Road Cycling


Riding a road bike fast feels great,
but cornering fast is arguably the best feeling of all. Here is
the correct technique When approaching a corner you need to
gauge how much speed you’ll be able to carry through it. The factors
that dictate this are how sharp the corner is how, wide the
road is and how grippy the surface is. That seems like a lot
of information to look for but it’s all interlinked and before long one
quick glance will give you all the information you need. you should be scanning the road in front of
you anyway but it’s particularly important when cornering depending on your speed can be looking
upwards of 25 to 50 meters in front of you. When scanning a corner the first
question is can you see that exit? This’ll tell you how sharp the corner
is. If you can see the exit are there any other indicators that can tell
you where the road will go? Trees next the road or street lights for
example; even road signs. Knowing how sharp a corner is tells you
how fast you can hit it. If the road is wide you have a bit more
room to choose your line, which can effectively make a corner less sharp, so factor this in as
well. Finally the road surface if it is wet or broken or loose you have
less grip so adjust your speed accordingly. Now we’ve ascertained what speed you can enter the corner, it’s time to think about your technique on the bike. Get your weight low, ride on the drops, and bend
your elbows. This lowers your center of gravity which means
you can turn tighter for a given speed or, just turn faster. Riding on the
drops also pulls your weight forward which can
add grip to the front wheel. Drop your pedal on the outside of the corner to
the 6 o’clock position and put your weight through it, keeping your backside
off the saddle lean the bike towards the direction the
corner and if you really cranking it over shift the
bike more than your body letting it move underneath you. The
fastest line through a corner is almost always through the apex. For fast,
sweeping corners you don’t always need to use the full width of the
road so if you can cut it tight enough hug the inside all the way around for
the shortest line. Always fix your gaze on the apex and then the exit of the corner. Looking where
you want to go is an important part getting around it. Often when people run wide it’s because they
panic and then look where they think they might crash. If you have to scrub off a lot of speed for
a sharp corner, it’s worth pre-selecting the gears you’ll need for accelerating out of the
exit. 53 – 11 is a big gear to get rolling again so take the last few moments before a corner to shift into a manageable gear to get moving. Avoid braking in a corner
as much as possible, your tyres are under a lot of pressure to
maintain traction when cornering fast adding further stresses to them with
braking is a recipe for losing it. Most crashes in corners come from this
fact, so it’s really worth keeping your entrance speed under control. Staying relaxed when cornering is one
of the most important aspects. If you ever watch cycling on TV you can
actually see when a rider gets nervous and not just by how much slower they’re starting to
go but how their arms tense up and how they lose the ability to turn smoothly. If you suffer from a loss of confidence
slow down a little and build it back up again buy gradually
increasing your speed. So remember to think about your approach,
your technique, don’t brake and you’ll be on track to
super fast cornering It’s much harder for riders to chase you back one of the best ways of achieving this is
to attack with speed don’t see on the front of a group and try to
sprint away as the chances are…

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