How To Corner Like A Pro – Road Cycling
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How To Corner Like A Pro – Road Cycling

October 30, 2019

Riding a road bike fast feels great,
but cornering fast is arguably the best feeling of all. Here is
the correct technique When approaching a corner you need to
gauge how much speed you’ll be able to carry through it. The factors
that dictate this are how sharp the corner is how, wide the
road is and how grippy the surface is. That seems like a lot
of information to look for but it’s all interlinked and before long one
quick glance will give you all the information you need. you should be scanning the road in front of
you anyway but it’s particularly important when cornering depending on your speed can be looking
upwards of 25 to 50 meters in front of you. When scanning a corner the first
question is can you see that exit? This’ll tell you how sharp the corner
is. If you can see the exit are there any other indicators that can tell
you where the road will go? Trees next the road or street lights for
example; even road signs. Knowing how sharp a corner is tells you
how fast you can hit it. If the road is wide you have a bit more
room to choose your line, which can effectively make a corner less sharp, so factor this in as
well. Finally the road surface if it is wet or broken or loose you have
less grip so adjust your speed accordingly. Now we’ve ascertained what speed you can enter the corner, it’s time to think about your technique on the bike. Get your weight low, ride on the drops, and bend
your elbows. This lowers your center of gravity which means
you can turn tighter for a given speed or, just turn faster. Riding on the
drops also pulls your weight forward which can
add grip to the front wheel. Drop your pedal on the outside of the corner to
the 6 o’clock position and put your weight through it, keeping your backside
off the saddle lean the bike towards the direction the
corner and if you really cranking it over shift the
bike more than your body letting it move underneath you. The
fastest line through a corner is almost always through the apex. For fast,
sweeping corners you don’t always need to use the full width of the
road so if you can cut it tight enough hug the inside all the way around for
the shortest line. Always fix your gaze on the apex and then the exit of the corner. Looking where
you want to go is an important part getting around it. Often when people run wide it’s because they
panic and then look where they think they might crash. If you have to scrub off a lot of speed for
a sharp corner, it’s worth pre-selecting the gears you’ll need for accelerating out of the
exit. 53 – 11 is a big gear to get rolling again so take the last few moments before a corner to shift into a manageable gear to get moving. Avoid braking in a corner
as much as possible, your tyres are under a lot of pressure to
maintain traction when cornering fast adding further stresses to them with
braking is a recipe for losing it. Most crashes in corners come from this
fact, so it’s really worth keeping your entrance speed under control. Staying relaxed when cornering is one
of the most important aspects. If you ever watch cycling on TV you can
actually see when a rider gets nervous and not just by how much slower they’re starting to
go but how their arms tense up and how they lose the ability to turn smoothly. If you suffer from a loss of confidence
slow down a little and build it back up again buy gradually
increasing your speed. So remember to think about your approach,
your technique, don’t brake and you’ll be on track to
super fast cornering It’s much harder for riders to chase you back one of the best ways of achieving this is
to attack with speed don’t see on the front of a group and try to
sprint away as the chances are…

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  1. Cornering on the left side of a left curve might be good in england and deadly in the rest of the world unless you have your own racing road and u know nobody comes from the opposite way

  2. The velocity you fall at will make no difference in the time it takes you to touch the ground. (I assume that you are falling either to left or right)
    And this is because lateral motion will not affect vertical motion, as long as there is no significant amount of centrifugal force. Actually, if you're falling towards the inner side of the curve, centrifugal force will make you fall slower.
    A dropped bullet hits the floor at the same time as a vertically shot one.

  3. What are you talking about ?! You've made 6 lines of bla bla about 2 words of my reply and still not explain why clipless isn't dangerous when you fall considering the way of losing grip in front wheel in my case… So you are doing a monolog, well, please continue …

  4. It's best to stay well clear of the front brake too, grab and handful of that and you will very quickly come unstuck. Go careful.

  5. Thanks for the video, ever since the 'White Van how to corner like a pro' I have been waiting for the real one. Another reason to have your inner leg up is so that if you take the corner sharply and lean in your pedal won't hit the ground. I have done this once when going through an S turn at a fast speed and it nearly took me off the bike!

  6. Equal amounts of both brakes – lightly – if you're cornering and need to slow down more is what I was told. Putting the emphasis on one or the other easily de-weights the other wheel leading to a loss of grip.

  7. I hate cornering… I live in WV and you don't know what is around the bend. You could slam into a coal truck or something…

  8. Why are some bikes so stable around corners and others are not? My Colnago Eps is great around corners. It just goes where you want it to. But other bikes are twitchy and don't feel as stable….

  9. when youre losing confidence how do you slow down if you should avoid braking when cornering??????? what a self defeating statement hahahaha

  10. Nice vid, again! =)

    Primally the right technic is to lean bike + body in the same way, and in extreme conditions lean the bike a bit more than the body?

    Just to be sure… It`s something I`ve been reading divergent information for some time.


  11. One variable not mentioned is the camber of a corner Also, when you can't judge the angle of a corner, always enter wide and then duck to the apex once you see it. Also, steer with your weight and not with the bars. Lastly, I don't totally agree with coming out of the saddle and putting weight up front while cornering. More weight does not equal more grip and it actually could increase the likelihood of washing out.

  12. My logic tells me that I should keep my bike as straight upwards as posible and lean my body instead. Like MotoGP. That way you can correct your line mid-corner by balancing with your inside knee.

  13. Only a few riders prefer that position. Cadel Evans is cornering like they do it in MotoGP. I think one disadvantage of that technique is that you lose a little bit your abilities to controll the bike (eg at road bumps) because you put your weight away from the bike and the bike alone is too light to resist a road bump. But okay: C. Evans is one of the best descenders. 😉

  14. Well, there is always, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc.
    Don't mean to be pedantic but…..

  15. yeah that road looks beautiful. Whenever i'm surrounded by trees, nature, and no one around, i feel like the universe has expanded and slowing down time just for me.

  16. There are a fair few variables between motorbikes and bikes which we think mean that not all techniques are transferable. For example, a moto GP bike weighs around 150kg, which is about double a skinny cyclist. This changes the interaction between bike, rider and corner hugely.

    Also, although I'm not too confident on my motorbike geometry, I know that bicycles rely on leaning to turn due to the "trail" of the fork. This means that the further you lean, the tighter you corner.

  17. Yeah that's about it! When a bike leans it automatically turns that way due to a trick of the geometry. If you want to turn tighter therefore, lean the bike more. Sometimes though you won't be able to lean your body far enough and maintain balance, so the bike can be leaned more underneath you.

  18. All about the geometry of the frame. Slight differences in lengths and angles can make a huge difference.

  19. Well, "Italian" geometry is thought to be a bit more relaxed than "American" geometry which makes it more stable through corners. Spend a bit of time on "American" though and you'll learn to love the quick handling.

  20. Contador should have seen this video, by the way, why some riders warm up with cotton in theirs nose and sometimes their ears, maybe a "Warm up Like a Pro" would explain that?

  21. Yeah but it just hits the bends like I want and it is so predictable… Using the same Groupo, wheels tires etc… It is very interesting how just changing the frame can the ride…

  22. This video is so visually & aeshetically pleasing! I am definately looking forward to the rest of the material you shot on that trip. Keep up the great work.

  23. How do you get that thin legs? i just started cycling about a few mounths ago and my legs get bigger and gain muscle

  24. How do you get that thin legs? i just started cycling about a few mounths ago and my legs get bigger and gain muscle

  25. I've heard that you should go for the "sprint" once your about 2/3 of the climb.
    I'm nowhere near a proffesional though…

  26. Hey GCN! do you guys have a "how to choose the right speedometer/power meeter" vid? I need to get a new one and there are so many to choose from

  27. When taking a corner at speeds over 25mph, it is more effective to countersteer, much like the correct steering method on a motorcycle. I am surprised this is not mentioned. A lot of pros are able to safely and effortlessly take high speed corners by simply countersteering. If you countersteer, the bike leans naturally.

  28. I always forget the name of the guy who's voice narrates and presents CNG videos. Understand british english is kinda difficult but he makes it so easy.

  29. i would add that your rear brake is more effective here…alot of front brake and that front wheel will scrub out on you ,back brake and at least if you apply alot and it even locks up you can put your weight back and still steer with the front etc

  30. Thanks. Have a quick question here:
    So recently, on a fairly (and not very familiar) sharp corner I locked rear the wheel and started skidding, going almost sideways. I managed not to crash, however, looking back now, I still can not clearly understand where I did it wrong: did I approach the corner too fast or I hit the brakes too hard ? Thanks.

  31. It sounds like you hit the brakes too hard. If the road is wet or the surface is loose or rough and you brake too hard, you may find that you lock up. Well done on staying up!

  32. Why do some riders have their inside knee (although the foot is at the 12 o'clock position) facing into the corner?

  33. It's to help to lower the centre of gravity so you don't have to get the bike as far over into the corner. Have a look at how Moto GP riders do it, and it's a similar thing. Though at lower speed!

  34. This is great!
    What happens if you do into a corner too fast? You start to slide right? How do you help regain control?

  35. Good information here, but I disagree about leaning the bike more than your body in a turn. As on a motorcycle, increased lean angle counters centrifugal force. If you lean your body to the inside of the turn, it will keep your bike more upright while still countering centrifugal force and you can go through the corner faster and safer. I use this technique on my bicycle and motorcycle.

  36. Late to the party here but re braking into a corner … once leaned over rear brake is OK as it will make the bike lean in more (oversteer or losing the rear is possible though) while using the front will make the bike stand up & track towards the outside of the corner, or you'll lose the front completely if you use too much brake. All this comes from motorbike riding experience.  Oh, and just leaning the bike will not make it turn into a corner; without knowing it you are counter-steering just before you turn i.e. pushing the bars right to make the bike fall tot eh left to go around a left hand corner. 

  37. Have you checked the prices ?! Or any advice about good and cheap bikes ?! I was looking and they are bloody expensive , i need more than computer to sell !

  38. Hmmm… If you're 'hugging' the corner can you see as many potholes/parked cars as you would taking a line a couple of metres out? Or are you just talking about racing?
    And, if it's hidden, won't you see the exit earlier by starting further out?
    I'd like to hear your advice on choosing a line through a clear hairpin.

  39. @Global Cycling Network , I need you HELP! I have a friend who is a great cyclist when it comes to his engine but really struggles when descending / going round corners as he seems to be scared to lean! Can you give any advice on how to help him get over this fear? Hes been riding about a year and was comfortable enough to get cleats with no issues, I can't work out how to help him! Cheers guys 🙂

  40. Unfortunately this video doesn't help me much with the cornering situations that cause me trouble: tight, fast corners on a fixed gear, and hairpin turns while descending thousands of feet (on a loaded touring bike in the Colorado mountains). To an extent, when I'm descending fast while fully loaded, I have a lot more stability, but the weight + gravity on mountain descents also means feathering my brakes before going into a turn doesn't do enough to keep my speed at a safe, confident level.
    Also, nowhere in this video is the cyclist having to deal with speeding cars going both directions, which can eliminate the option of aligning with the apex. Sometimes I've chosen to just take the lane and force automobiles behind me to slow and wait in order to take a hairy mountain descent closer to the apex.

  41. So what is more important….holding your line while going downhill and cornering in a group scenario (two lanes) which may require you to break/cornering/downhill or passing the person in front of you.  I feel like both would potentially cause a crash.  4 down today.

  42. can you do a video on how you film your productions? I'm always impressed by high speed steady shots that focus right etc etc ?

  43. Man… This looks like an amazing road to ride on. Is it open to cars though? I would never go that fast in blind corners knowing a car could be coming from the opposite direction.

  44. Great advice on cornering. What's the best way to take sharp S' bend corners? I'm always almost stopped going round them!

  45. HOLY COW look at 1:23

    You see that freaking tiny rock on the ground? LOL accidentally stepped on that and terrible thing happens. That's close call man!

    BTW thanks for cornering technique! I crashed at cornering week ago… I just don't understand what the heck wrong, I turn left with kinda fast speed and my bike wheels just go right outward while my body leftward, god damn hurts like shit! I lose a lot confidence in cornering since then… I feel nervous on cornering.

  46. Once when i was cycling i enter a very sharp turn very bad. I went to fast and it was on gravel and i couldn't see the exit. So in the middle of the corner thats when i realized i would not exit the corner alive because the road was pretty narrow and right on the edge of a smaller cliff so i had to think of a soulution pretty fast otherwise i would be very injured. Then in my head i saw the motogp technique when they lean very much and the force push down on them. i know its silly i cant do that on a bike, right? but you know i was pretty much about to die so i tried and again this long story happend in a matter of seconds. So i leaned and then because i was on a road with gravel on it the back starts to losen a bit so at that moment i realized i fucked up but miraculously i found a very small spot on the saddle that i sat on so the bike was perfectly balanced and i was powersliding at a very low angel through the whole corner it was so low i could almost drag a knee or a hand and i managed to hold the powerslide and i exited the whole long and very sharp corner in one piece.

  47. I cycled all the time with a mountain bike.. Switched to a road bike and got 4 stitches on my jaw… I'm scared to ride it again. Can you guys redirect me to a few videos I might need to watch?? P.s. I fell while descending down a slope

  48. Gosh, I sure wish I'd seen this about a month ago. I was in a pursuit race and turned the corner incorrectly, ( I clipped my pedal) and did a flip in the air. Wrecked my jersey and my bike. Good thing I'm only 12!

  49. Lowering (toward the bottom of the wheels) C.G. on a two wheeled vehicle does not directly impact maximum speed through a turn.

  50. My only concern with zipping around corners is that there might be an obstacle that you don't see until it's too late. All the handling ability in the world doesn't make up for blind curves. Same thing with driving a car.

  51. 2:37 the truth, wish I got to this video before I took my first big spill. Thanks GCN for the wealth of information.

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