Good cornering is not just for the Tour De France. If you want to creep up the age grouper rankings in triathlon races then being able to corner properly will help ensure that you are in control and get around corners safely & fast. It takes focus, the ability to relax and a cheeky bit of courage but not too much courage! Too much courage and you’ll be in the gutter cleaning yourself up. Check out our tips on how to corner fast & in one piece.
Chill. Calm breathing, relaxing the arms and grip making sure that zen like state flows right through your entire body. Sounds like we are heading for a naked yoga session I grant you but as in all things tense equals wrong. Staying loose means you are well placed to adjust to every day elements of your ride as you flow through the corner making effortless tiny corrections as you sweep past lesser mortals unable to match your inner peace.
Don’t brake mid corner. As in driving the same principles apply on your trusty bicycle. Consider the road ahead and brake in advance where needed to ensure you don’t need any serious speed corrections mid corner. Possibly odd advice on an article about speed but this is also about ensuring you come out the other side.
See beyond the corner and your bike will follow. Again this is good forward planning pro-active action where you are one step ahead of any possible hazard and keeping well clear of danger.
Consider how you are distributing your weight on you bike. Keep as much weight as possible on the outside foot with your position central between the wheels keeping front and rear tyre evenly planted and allowing the full width of the tyre to hold the road.
Use your bike to make the turn rather than man handling your bike using your strength round the corner. Use your arms as you make the turn and keep your inside arm extended as far as possible giving you the opportunity to look further ahead and keep control of your cornering.
Any motorists reading this will take huge offence but being a cyclist occupying a slither of the road where you can use the full width of the road (on your own side of course) allowing you to flatten out the corner and maintain much of the speed you carry into it. This is heavily underwritten with the qualifying statement that this isn’t best deployed when some lumping big van is breathing down your neck eager to pass. If you can use the road, do it.
Smash it as you exit a corner to regain any lost pace. Immediately as you feel the corner flatten out and you feel comfortable and in control put the hammer down and rebuild your speed. Casually regaining any lost momentum is criminal if you are seeking to maintain a lead or build any lead over those riders coming up behind.
What do you think? Any other tips you would recommend? Let us know.