You Should Know

Bicycling (South Africa) - - INSIDE -

How to stick in the bunch when it’s too fast for you. Plus, Bi­cy­cling staffers re­call their first or most mem­o­rable bikes.

“Learn the art of loaf­ing!” says con­tribut­ing writer Se­lene Yea­ger. “When try­ing to hang with stronger rid­ers, min­imise work­load. If you take a pull at the front, keep it to a 400m stretch.” Re­mind your­self that it won’t last for­ever, says deputy edi­tor Jonathan Ancer. “I know that even on a bad day there will be some ‘up’ time, so i just grit my teeth and wait for that to kick in.” On climbs, start in the front and slowly drift back, says con­tribut­ing writer Joe Lind­sey. “You’ll give up less ground start­ing from a higher po­si­tion.” “Con­serve as much en­ergy as you can by sit­ting in the bunch,” says on­line edi­tor Aaron Borrill. “but don’t be afraid to do a turn (at the front) – roll through, but soft- pedal in­stead of surg­ing.” As­so­ciate Edi­tor An­dré Valen­tine says you should set mini- goals. “Tell your­self you’re only hold­ing on un­til the next cor­ner, then the next traf­fic light, and so on. Be­fore you know it, you’ve held on for the en­tire ride!”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.