Coasting downhill on your bike is exhilarating — until, seconds later, it becomes terrifying. Experienced cyclists have a few tricks to keep those downhill rides safe, even when they’re blazingly fast.
Photo by Jake Brewer.
Cyclocross champion Tim Johnson described some of those tips to the New York Times. He coached Gwen Jorgensen, a triathlete who overcame a fear of downhills to win the US’s first triathlon gold medal in Rio.
The most important thing, he says, is to keep your gaze on the road far ahead of you, constantly scanning the terrain so you have plenty of warning for any potholes or sudden turns. The way you sit matters, too: Inexperienced riders will often lock their elbows and put all their weight on their handlebars. It’s better to keep your weight on your feet, and only use your hands lightly. Check out the link below for more on how to speed down a hill without losing control.
How to Ride Downhill on a Bicycle [New York Times]