Ask a coach: 'How can I adapt my riding to get faster on gravel?'

Is your training sufficiently adapted to the differing demands?

Two male cyclists sprinting against each other on gravel bikes
(Image credit: Future)

More and more of us are choosing to spend our time riding on gravel rather than on the road. There are obvious differences between gravel and road. Firstly, speeds tend to be lower on gravel, there is an obvious additional skill requirement, and there is a lot more rolling resistance.

If you are spending more and more time off-road, how can you best adapt your training? Cycling coach James Spragg picks out three key areas to focus on...

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James Spragg

Sports scientist and coach James Spragg is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's ASK A CYCLING COACH series which comes out every Wednesday. Working both in research and applied settings, he currently runs Intercept Performance Consultancy

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James Spragg

James Spragg is a sports scientist and coach, working both in research and applied settings. When not working with athletes James can be found skiing, climbing, cycling or drinking coffee!

Alongside Dan Lorang and Peter Leo, James runs Intercept Performance Consultancy. Over the last 8 years in various roles, as coaches, performance consultants, performance managers, and sports scientists, Dan, James and Peter have played a role in helping athletes achieve more than 10 World Championship titles, several Olympics medals (including a Gold and Silver Medal in Tokyo 2020) and several Top 5 results in some of the biggest sporting events on the planet (Tour de France, Olympics, World and European Championships). Our single focus is on improving performance in all settings.