How To Descend On A TT Bike | Go Faster In Your Next Triathlon

How To Descend On A TT Bike | Go Faster In Your Next Triathlon


– Not every triathlon race course is silky smooth or perfectly flat. So here is how to descend
on a TT bike like a pro. (exhilarating music) Coming down a hill, especially at speed, can take confidence,
concentration, and composure. So, perfecting your technical
skills on a triathlon bike can save you valuable
seconds and even minutes on your overall bike time. So how do the pros descend so fast? (exhilarating music) Firstly, find a nice open training hill to build your confidence. Then, practise going up and down and repeat multiple times. This will focus your skills for descending and rack up some good time climbing, too. (exhilarating music) Start slowly. And why rush?
It is training after all. Take your time to choose your line and get comfortable with your
body position on your bike. Then, once you’ve had a few descents with control and confidence, then you can consider building your pace with control and safety. (exhilarating music) Now this is probably one of
the most important points, but relax and breathe. Being tense and rigid on the bike will only have you fighting the bike, rather than it working with you. So, try to stay relaxed and
soft in your upper body, rather than holding on too tight. (exhilarating music) Next up, we want to think
about where we’re looking. It can be very easy to just cautiously look at the ground in front of us. But now, what you want to do is look at the direction
in which you’re going. So on a corner, for instance, you should be looking at the exit. Do this and you’ll notice
an improvement instantly. (exhilarating music) How you distribute your
body weight on the bike is what really separates
the pros from the rest. As you round a corner,
you should apply pressure to the outside pedal at
the 6 ‘o clock position, and the inside handlebar. This will just relieve
a little bit of pressure from the saddle so you
can move yourself round, which is really useful when you’re riding a triathlon bike where, generally, your weight is a little further forward and can make the front
end feel a bit twitchy. So, as you’re descending
around in a corner, just push yourself back into saddle a bit, and that will just make the
bike feel a lot more stable. (exhilarating music) Now, it’s unlikely you’ll be needing your aero bars for the descent, and for a lot of races, they’ll actually disqualify you if you do. But if you’re confident with descending and you want to keep your speed up, just get down nice and
low on the handlebars especially as you’re rounding the corners. (exhilarating music) Finally, stay calm and collected. Make sure you do all your braking and gear changing before the corners. You should avoid braking
around the corners or hurriedly trying to
come through your gears as you accelerate out of the corners. That is how to descend
on a TT bike like a pro. And practise really does make perfect. So now, it’s over to you. And do let us know how you
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