How to deal with safety and speed a descent

The descent is always a special time of cycling, even better than a race. The maximum speeds that can reach inspire fear in many, while others are more at ease, but today, in the race, it is unthinkable not to face down a well if the ambition is to do well.

Besides, some things are useful and even indispensable for cycling more comfortable. Security and speed are often together by the same driving techniques. Many people seem to be always at ease on down, others face greater difficulties. The descent, like every aspect of cycling, however, should not remain heritage just a few "chosen", but can be effectively addressed by all: the important thing is to make training runs and understand what are the best driving techniques, including according to their abilities and ambitions.

The bike

First we can not overlook the technical means, that the bicycle and its components, which must be perfectly in order and up. The tires must be in good condition, pointing out that often those "by training" have a grip well below the top models. The tube, then, with its rounded profile allows greater security to maximum lean angle. Another aspect to be treated are punctures, always better to prevent using one of several products that can quickly close the holes. Often little known, sometimes not adopted because it increases the weight, these substances actually allow us to reach high speeds safely, without danger that the clincher was deflated immediately. Another thing to check is the brakes, with the cables that must be integrated, the friction material in good condition and not "vitrified" (that is now hardened and reduced power to friction), the braking track clean and free of imperfections. Then the levers, which must be easily operable, so close to blows. Then the set in a bike that should be as smooth as possible with a good balance of the total weight bike + athletes (40% front wheel and the remainder at the rear), a fold and comfortable easy grip levers and driving. Without a bike up is unthinkable to try to improve their technique down.


Even the clothes are important. Given the high speeds that can reach are essential (or rather definitely recommended) a good pair of glasses to protect your eyes, either by the wind from any foreign material, then a good helmet, well established, to remain firmly on head. Regarding the clothing should be considered that almost always comes down to one after a climb, it was sweaty, and speeds in descent leads to a rapid cooling of the body, the greater when the ambient temperature is already low. If the agonist little care of this, the more important that the care the amateur. The classic coat, just in summer, and associated with sleeves and leggings on days stiffer, will avoid a rapid reduction of body heat, with possible bowel problems and muscles. The classic piece of newspaper, placed between belly and top, will allow more athletes to have a minimum of protection, without stopping or losing time.

The ride and gears

Often many stops pedaling downhill, but it is a mistake, both for average speed, for both muscles. Downhill, as far as possible, we must continue to cycle, this helps the muscles do not cool down and prevents the onset of cramps. Reports can be very long and eventually you can use a low frequency of pedaling without pushing a lot. This will help the muscle to recover. The fastest and most competitive, of course, will use long relationships trying to push hard. The more relaxed, however, they may adopt more agile relationships and possibly a ride very light, almost empty, the minimum required to maintain this active muscles and good circulation.