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Does riding downhill make you skittish? Read these tips.
It’s a simple law of gravity: what goes up must come down. On a bike, however, going downhill can be scary. A steep descent can produce some of the highest speeds most triathletes will reach on a bike—a notion that leaves even the steeliest of triathletes feathering their brakes.
“Nothing is scarier than a high-speed crash,” says Scott Wilkinson, professional triathlete and coach with OutRival Racing. However, Wilkinson says the potential for crashing can be reduced greatly with preparation and practice. Descend like a pro with these tips from Wilkinson.
Do Course Recon
Before any major ride—especially one with significant climbing and descending—drive the route.
“Know the road as well as possible beforehand,” suggests Wilkinson. In addition to getting an idea of what you’re about to undertake, this course recon will allow you to confirm your route is safe. Look for areas with...