No matter how long you’ve been riding a bike there will be always be techniques to improve your style and experience on the road.
For cyclists in the know, the Costa Blanca is a mouth-watering training destination and so caters for the demand. Top hotels in Calpe have mastered their capacity to warmly welcome and accommodate pros and amateurs who head their way to ride the enviable stretches lining the coast. These hotels are continually building relationships with cyclists and cycling pros as they seek further ways to enhance their guests’ experience. With this in mind, here’s a list of some top cycling advice from the experts:
Perfect your pedalling
It seems to be the simplest part of riding a bike but there are a number of misconceptions when it comes to the most efficient pedalling method. Contrary to popular belief, the technique of pulling up then pushing down as you make circles with your legs doesn’t actually speed you up; in fact it slows you down! To get the most out of your foot power, push down on the pedal at the 3 o’clock position. This, according to Cycling Weekly, is the sweet spot for the most efficient and powerful pedalling. Scott Tomkinson of Kernow Physio says, “You need to start pushing your foot forward at the top of the pedal stroke from the 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock position. Then push to the floor. This ensures the power is maximised at the correct phase of the stroke. If you’re pulling up with your pedals all you’re doing is delaying the delivery of power.”
Put the brakes down on bad braking habits
Too many people apply the brakes too hard, explains Dan Fleeman of Dig Deep Coaching, particularly when they’re going downhill. But according to him on a road bike there’s no need to slam on the brakes, “even if you’re going down an Alpine descent at 100kph, the key to controlled braking is feathering the brakes.” And because it’s the most powerful, by feathering the front brake, you’ll gain more control.
Wrap your thumbs around the bar for extra safety
When asked by industry experts Bicycling what the best cycling advice he’d ever received, Giro d’Italia 1988 winner, Andy Hampsten, shared the following: “Wrap your thumbs around the bar. Even some pros just lay their thumbs next to their fingers on top of the bar when they’re not racing hard. But accidents seem to happen more often when people are relaxed than during the intense moments of a ride. Use your thumb as a hook, and you have a better chance of maintaining control during stupid accidents.”
When asked the same question, two-time U.S. National time-trial champion, Chris Baldwin said the best piece of advice he’d ever received came from his boss at a bike shop when he was just 13. He told him “that when he was racing, his upper body was so relaxed that his lower lip would jiggle with the road vibration.” Baldwin says, “to this day, when I time-trial or climb I relax my face, and my body tends to follow.”
Dealing with the aches and pains that accompany life on the saddle
In the book 1,100 Best All-Time Tips, editor Jason Sumner compiles a comprehensive guide to becoming a better cyclist. From how to avoid muscle pain and exhaustion (hint: don’t hunch your shoulders’ to how to accentuate different muscle groups, from how to deal with obstacles on the road you’re speeding towards to harnessing your body’s aerodynamic ability, as well as how to diagnose the various suspicious sounds and squeaks that your bike will at some point make.
Instead of just reading about tips why not consider a hands-on opportunity to improve and master your technique by riding the Costa Blanca. For hotels in Calpe offering expert cycling advice and support, contact AR-hotels.