Most cyclists who are training for events and competitions are usually trying to continually increase their riding speed so that they can ensure that during their races and competitions they achieve the best results they possibly can. Even if you are a casual cyclist, most of us are always looking for ways to ride faster which usually in turn, allows us to ride more efficiently. Cycling is not about the short sharp bursts of energy, cycling is usually about the long, continual push to the finish line. We have put together a simple and easy 7 strategies that everyone can follow to increase their cycling speed.
It’s important for you to focus on having a good position on the bike. Most bike shops will assess your positioning and riding style free of charge. This will usually include making sure that your seat, handlebars and pedals all align in your perfect position.
Riding with a rhythm will help your legs and muscles last throughout a longer period of time, aim for 80-100 cranks per minute. When you’re coming up to a climb, always change gears early enough to not lose your momentum whilst trying to maintain your pedalling rhythm.
At the start of your ride as tempting as it is, don’t push yourself to your fastest pace remember, it’s about the whole ride and not the sprint.
If your body is swaying all over the place than you need to re-assess your riding style. You should be pushing all of the power through a controlled momentum directly from your legs. Don’t waste or lose energy using other body parts that are preventing you from maintaining that constant leg power.
One of the most important factors of your overall cycling performance is hydration. Taking an energy drink with you to continue maintaining that pace. You should aim for at least one bottle per hour.
Looking where you want to go while relaxing your upper body will allow your bike to follow along. Providing that you are putting 110% into your ride, allow your body to recover during the descent.
If you want to be out in front of everyone else than you are going to tire a lot quicker than the cyclists riding behind you. Riding in the pack will allow you to break through draft resitance with ease and will allow you to save your energy for when it counts the most.
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