How to deal with safety and speed a descent


The trajectories are the thing, perhaps more importantly, those that require more experience and training.

The look forward is just to calculate the best path possible. The road, when it is closed to traffic, it should be used in full, every inch will allow us to be faster, but also safer. With our eyes we analyze the asphalt choosing the cleaner path (the one with fewer potholes and less dirty), analyzing the far corner, choose the route mile and put the bike on the line to make the ideal braking. We'll take the opposite side of the curve and after braking, we will gently fold the bike, possibly by moving the weight towards the inside, looking for the "apex" ie, the center of the curve in its interior. If the curve has a radius equal to or greater than ninety degrees, you should perform a maneuver round and clean, allowing the bike to the point of rope, with the pedal inside the same top. Then you leave the apex, which we did half of the curve, and points toward the outer side thereof, leaving the bicycle race. The eye must already stretched to the new ideal line. If the road is steep, you may need to call into question the rear brake, never roughly. Otherwise, once the bike is out of the curve, again raising the action on the pedals. If the curve is very narrow, with a corner radius of less than 90 degrees, then should "edge". Now the focus is on the rope with the bike almost upright, while both operate the brakes are released shortly before reach the apex, the bike is almost straight, the central body to it, the pedal inside the curve always high. Then you release the brake and leans just enough to turn around and restart the action immediately with the pedals, as it is again with the BCI straight. In turn, more open, as in them and in the corners in quick succession, it is the "glance" to determine what is the best technique and the best path to follow. The general rule in these cases is that the trajectory of the curve should be chosen based on the very next corner and we must find, therefore, to exit the first corner in the ideal line to meet the next turn and so on.

With rain

Rain is without doubt a snare more. In addition to obvious considerations, as appropriate, and never tires inflated to too many bars, caution must be more attentive to lines to follow, braking and cornering to run. The trajectories we better be careful to avoid areas or very dirty water, while the braking will be less aggressive, more gradual and controlled, even if longer. The folds in the corners and especially less marked conducted in a less abrupt, more gradual and slight. Even out of the corners will be preferable to raise the pedals with less force, perhaps waiting for the bike is quite straight. Best avoided, in general, abrupt maneuvers, such as quick changes of direction or sudden braking.

In group

The group certainly complicates the life of the descent. The first advice is to make its descent, thinking for themselves, paying attention to who goes before us and who is behind. Then, however, follow their own trajectories, taking care to observe the behavior of one who goes before us, to avoid tampons, with one eye and an ear open to those coming behind us to avoid tampons. It 'always good to have one eye on his hands and controls who goes before us so as to anticipate their moves. Particularly around curves is better not to stay in the slipstream, but moved to the right or left, so you have some leeway in both delaying the braking is better to see the road and to possibly different trajectories.


If you want to overtake an opponent, better do it in straight out of the corners and then, finally, under braking. Always, however, quickly joined by not stay long. Better to avoid an opponent alongside a corner, if he falls in danger of being dragged to the ground.

Curve right and left

Many have a different capacity to deal with right-handers than left. Okay, some may have very slight asymmetries of the trunk which lead to a different posture in the saddle. Even the different mobility of the torso, between the right and left, can be influential, leading to greater ease in addressing some corners rather than about others. In any case nothing to worry about.

Practicing descent

The basic principles have been said, now must train. The best thing is to select some downs, but also a sufficiently long enough, and training to implement every aspect considered. The key issue is to begin to understand the limits of keeping the tires or tubes, then the power and the arrest sweep of the braking system, so you can concentrate on lines and down in turn. On roads open to traffic, then, is always good to keep a certain margin of safety, which will allow us to react calmly to any kind of unexpected.

The last advice

Riding a bike is beautiful, but life in general is even better, things ever faced a downhill was the last of life! Carefull never too much!


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