Power out of berms

Get on the gas quickly out of turns to save valu­able sec­onds

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - HOW TO -

Exit speed in corners is an easy place to gain or lose time in a race. The way pros link berms into straights is seam­less – they ap­pear to come out faster than they went in. A lot of this is down to iden­ti­fy­ing the cor­rect brak­ing point and pump­ing, but hit­ting the ped­als at the right time and get­ting max power down makes a big dif­fer­ence too. Wheel­ieing as you exit a turn means you can get your legs straighter and put full power through the ped­als. It also over­comes the risk of stalling as you exit, without need­ing to shift down a gear. This tech­nique re­quires you to be able to pump berms and wheelie, so get comfy do­ing both those things first.

Hit the apex

En­ter the berm as you would any other cor­ner – cen­tral on the bike and bal­anced. Pow­er­ing out of a turn is about gen­er­at­ing for­ward mo­men­tum, and you get that by spring­ing out of the apex – the point where the G-force is suck­ing you in and the bike wants to com­press. Feel where that is and ex­ag­ger­ate its ef­fects by push­ing down on the ped­als and han­dle­bar.

Lean back

As the sus­pen­sion re­bounds, the bike will want to ac­cel­er­ate for­ward. Ac­cen­tu­ate that mo­tion by push­ing your hips for­ward and si­mul­ta­ne­ously pulling back on the bar, like you would to man­ual. At this point you should be keep­ing the cranks level and your heels dipped, to help tip the bike onto its back wheel.

Power down

As you feel the back wheel rise, put some strong power strokes through the ped­als while still pulling back on the bar. You’ll prob­a­bly find that, af­ter a cou­ple of ro­ta­tions, your gear­ing is too easy, but that’s

OK. The aim of this tech­nique is to get you back up to speed and pre­vent a stall-out, from be­ing in too hard a gear.

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