How To Cycle Even Faster | GCN’s Tips For Fast Riding

How To Cycle Even Faster | GCN’s Tips For Fast Riding

Manon: Do you want to ride faster than ever?
James: In this video we are going to give you tips and tricks to get you smashing them
PBs and flying. [music]
Manon: The obvious one is working on reducing your aerodynamic drag or spending a load of
money on new biking kit, but there are some subtle things you can do to get you going
faster than ever. Use the terrain to your advantage. Accelerate into the base of the
climb and use the momentum to propel yourself up the climb. Obviously, this works better
on shorter, punchier climbs. James: Yes, luckily here in the UK we’ve got
plenty of short, punchy climbs. One thing I would say, though, is make sure it’s safe
to do so when letting go of the brakes and carrying that little bit more speed into the
base of the climb. Look out for gravel in a rough road surface basically. If you do
get to use that momentum it really will help you when you get onto the climb. You ready?
Manon: I’m ready. James: We need to go a bit faster now.
[music] Manon: We’re of course talking about through
and off. Sharing the workload on the front to increase the overall speed of your ride.
James: Yes. What we mean is spending less time on the front. Now you can do this with
two riders but the more the better. That means you can share the workload and ultimately
spend less time on the front meaning more recovery.
Manon: The important factor to remember is to not smash it on the front. You’ll need
to read the roads and the environmental conditions around you to get the most out of your through
and off. James: Yes. What we mean is if you’re riding
into a headwind you can spend less time on the front meaning more recovery. If you are
riding into a tailwind that way you can press on that a little bit longer, but do remember
when you get onto the back of the paceline to save a little bit more energy because it’ll
be harder to get on the back. Manon: A smooth paceline is a fast paceline,
so dose your effort out when you’re on the front and don’t accelerate too hard with the
rides behind you. A good tip is when you finish your turn, ease off for a second or two and
allow the next rider to come through. James: Yes. You can also help from behind.
With the rider on their recovery phase you can shout, “Last wheel,” that way they know
exactly where you are, meaning they can slot in without leaving a big gap and wasting a
whole load of energy. Manon: Corners at times is when you need to
take a little bit more consideration. Don’t accelerate full gas out of a corner, because
the riders behind you will have to work twice as hard to stay on your wheel.
James: Yes. Same goes for hills really. It’s that elastic band effect. You can spend that
little bit more time on the front when it comes to climbing but when you crash the climb
carry on with your effort on the front until the whole group’s on your wheel meaning then
you can swing off and get back on the back of the group. Don’t do it too early because
otherwise you’ll spend a whole load of energy trying to get on when you’re completely in
the red. No one needs that. How are you doing, Manon?
Manon: Yes, good. [music]
James: If you’re in a country that you drive on the left-hand side of the road then do
a ride with only left turns. If you’re in a country that drives on the right-hand side,
then do a ride with only right turns meaning you’re going to spend less time at junctions
just like Manon Lloyd did there. Now this does take a bit of planning and preparation
but plan a loop that doesn’t taking any congested areas or traffic lights, meaning no dead time
meaning you can keep on your way and keep that average speed nice and high.
[music] James: The wind, it can be an absolute force
to be reckoned with and a cyclist’s nightmare, or it could be the best thing that’s ever
happened to you. You do though need to get the forecast right so what I’m saying is,
do a little planning and preparation before your ride. Check the forecast and make sure
a good part of your ride is with a tailwind. A good trick is if you’re heading out on a
loop to go out with a headwind and on the way back have your tailwind, when you haven’t
got so much energy in your legs. On that note I’m going to check the weather. Yes, not much
wind today. Manon: If you’ve got a headwind choose some
sheltered roads to ride on. If you’ve got a tailwind choose big open roads and make
the most of the wind on your back. You could even sit upright and create a sail effect
with your back. Your average speed will quickly be increasing before you know it.
[Music] ?Speaker 3: There are a lot of products out
there that will claim to make you faster on a bike. Some of them have dubious science
behind them but there are a few out there that are genuinely performance-enhancing.
Caffeine, beta-alanine and carbs. Of course you will get carbs from normal foods but there
is absolutely no doubt supplementing your ride with energy bars, drinks and gels will
allow you to ride faster for longer. [music]
James: Now the pros are spending more and more time investigating drive chain efficiency.
CeramicSpeed have even invented a whole new way to do the drive chain, but until that
comes publicly available, we’re going to stick to the traditional chainring, chain, and sprockets.
Manon: There is a lot to think about with them. Having the chain stretch one way or
the other in the big ring and the big sprocket or vice versa is not only bad for the chain,
it can also be a waste of watts. James: Even the world’s best time trialists
are putting big dinner plates on the front. They’re using 60 or 58 tooth chainrings on
the front. Now that’s not because they’re spinning out their biggest gear. That is because
they want to get the straightest chain line possible to make it more efficient, saving
watts, and we like saving watts. [music]
Manon: At the end of the day, the thing that’s going to increase your speed the most is by
increasing your power. As long as you don’t put any weight on the front.
James: Talking of weight. Anyway, it’s still going to really matter much if you’re riding
on flat roads because, to be honest, power to weight doesn’t really come into it, but
there’s no shortcuts to getting power. It takes training and it takes pushing yourself.
Then again, if you’ve got a good training program, you get good adequate rest, then
you will see your speed go up. We decided to get a bit geeky on this one and head over
to a website called A 70-kilogram rider on a nine-kilogram bike
puts out 200 watts on a flat road with no wind near sea level, it should do around 31.76
kilometers per hour. Increase that by 10% to 220 watts and that same rider in those
same conditions will do 32.93 kilometers per hour. Unfortunately though, that’s only 3.7%
improvement in speed for your 10% increase in power, but nevertheless, you’re going faster.
Manon: There’s a reason the pros are better than us.
James: Why is that? Manon: They’ve got more power than everyone
else? James: Not than me.
Manon: Definitely more than you. James: [laughs] Yes, true.
[music] [laughs] Manon: Thanks for watching. Hope this video
helps you go faster than ever. James: To be fair, I could deploy some of
those tricks on our ride back home just to keep up with you. Anyway, if you’ve enjoyed
this video then make sure as always, you give it a big thumbs up and I know you’re hungry
for another video, so why don’t you click on the screen now. You ready to get home?
Manon: Ready. Race you. James: What, race me already?
[00:07:42] [END OF AUDIO]

100 comments on “How To Cycle Even Faster | GCN’s Tips For Fast Riding

  1. isipang magaslaw Post author

    Please add another Female Presenter. 🙂 To compliment Manon, she's so great on this show. Get @pedalingheroine Orla Walsh to be a host.

  2. S J Post author

    I do the turning trick. I have a wonderful 4 mile triangle shaped loop right next to my house. I go clockwise so that I'll never have to stop turning right. OH ITS SO GOOD. I can hammer out as many loops as i want and never have to actually come to a stop. Doesn't hurt that is right at the base of a gorgeous mountain canyon which means I get spectacular views and roughly 400ft of climbing per loop. Its my go to close-to-home training loop.

  3. Robele Baker Post author

    "From the channel that brought you "How To Cycle Faster". We are proud to present, "How To Cycle Even Faster"

  4. Simon Bu Post author

    How to go faster:
    1) just walk up a hill while carying your bike
    2) Get Aero like and get as much carbon as possible. The Speed will aknowledge your freshness and will be happily givimg you more of itself.
    3) Just go down the Hill, trust me it works

    To train, just repeat that process once a week and dont ride anything else, trust me your average speed will skyrocket making you one of the fastest People ou there

  5. Ron Byers Post author

    I am old and fat so I will never be as fast as I was when I was young and skinny, but I have to admit to trying all of the tips in this video in the past year. I am thinking about deploying the ultimate tip for increasing my speed, buying an e-bike.. Some of them hide the motor so well you can't tell unless you look very, very carefully.

  6. Alex Belden Post author

    Great video, otherwise where I can get your long tighs you using innthe video man? I check the GCN store and can't find it.

  7. Brucking Filliant Post author

    A little respect, please, for Murphy's Law. Go out with a headwind and, guaranteed, the wind will shift and you'll come back …into a headwind! My advice: take any tailwinds you can get, when you can get them.

  8. Brucking Filliant Post author

    I love it when you guys shoot up Cheddar Gorge and out by Charterhouse. Old stomping grounds, happy days.

  9. Luca Campagnaro Post author

    I'm not sure but i cloud be fast as your woman tester.
    Can we organize a test in Italy?
    Obviously with Alan …

  10. roadracer1584 Post author

    How do you make yourself go faster? Simple. Ask any pro cyclist. Genetics (choose your parents wisely) and lotsa PED's like EPO, steroids, and amphetamines.

  11. Buck Roger Post author

    If you really want to go faster just train harder. Pushing yourself harder on your rides will net you gains, like swinging a harder gear on your ride.

  12. Tuscan Turtle Post author

    Training, time, and consistency make you faster. Having an awesome bike makes you faster. Just don’t buy ceramic bearings before something like a power meter or indoor trainer. Awesome video!

  13. Peter Baker Post author

    Whilst starting a ride into a head wind so that you have an easier ride home with a tail wind seems a sound idea, every time I begin a ride into a head wind, by the time I turn around to come home, the wind has changed direction and I end up concluding my ride into a head wind.

  14. Mark Stone Post author

    Am I missing something ?Walk into the middle of a field and then do presenting. Nothing like sinking into the mud in road shoes.

  15. Richard Lake Post author

    Ride out with groups faster than you and don't worry if you get dropped. Repeat often, push on through and remain optimistic until you reach your natural peak.

  16. Neil Post author

    Surely the "sail effect" (sitting up in a tailwind) only works if you are going slower than the wind speed? E.g. if the windspeed is 15mph and you are travelling at 20mph the net windspeed is 5mph from the front, so sitting up will slow you down? Only on a very windy day would the windspeed be greater than the speed you were travelling at, and even then you'd need to make sure it was right behind you..

  17. Pulkit Sharma Post author

    Best option for serious speed is tilt the saddle to the front and raise it. Find good pothole free roads. Put your elbows on the bar and hit the white line on the road.

    Or just follow a cement mixer.

  18. Werner Iucksch Post author

    Lie to your wife about how much you’re ACTUALLY spending on the bike = carbon and ceramics everywhere

  19. Bobby Bobman Post author

    You should only ever sit up with a tailwind, if you never feel any wind in your face, if you feel wind on your face it means you are riding faster than the tail wind, as a result you should be tucked into a more aero position if it doesn't noticably effect your power output, but if you are riding and the tail wind is faster than you are riding meaning you are getting passed by the air behind you, then yes you should sit up enjoy the tailwind and sit more upright, since most people can put out a few more watts in an upright position.

  20. Chris Raisin Post author

    Regain your muscles as they were when you were younger, and regain the energy you had before you turned 25.
    (that is, in my case, get 45 years younger!)

  21. Brendan H Post author

    I like bike calculator . Spent hours playing there. You can get a good idea of power without a power meter . use a flat road and no wind. Check speed against Bike calculator power.

  22. Aldert Prast Post author

    Sitting upright to catch more wind is almost always a bad idea, unless you're in a proper storm. Don't forget about the headwind that you generate yourself by riding. For example, when you go 40 km/hour, you already need at least a force 6 Beaufort tailwind to have an effective tail wind. Even here, in the flat windy Netherlands, we don't have that very often.

  23. John Batty Post author

    Loving James giving it the full beans rocking about and Manon just smoothly pedalling alongside. #cool

  24. Lalo Rodriguez Post author

    I can't believe how good Manon is as a presenter! She's so natural and looks like she was born for this stuff. #IHaveANewFavouriteGCNPresenter

  25. Höllrider Sankt Gallen Post author

    Love your Channel since years!! Please use electric ⚡️ motorbikes, really dislike the motor noise😬😉

  26. Andrew Daniels Post author

    good tip would be stay on the correct side of road descending cheddar gorge , that riding fast could end up with a rapid de-accelaration on the bonnet of a car coming up . lol

  27. adlsaias Post author

    Really like the thoughts of these two dudes! Question why does one of them have such a high pitched voice?

  28. waxed link Post author

    How to go faster:…use momentum! Seriously? This channel has slipped over into infotainment. Next thing you'll be covering the Royals cycling habits.

  29. BikeIt UK Post author

    Great intro, well shot as always, and thanks for the hits and tips for riding faster and points to consider. All the best Andy


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