Ask a coach: 'My hands and arms get tired on descents, how can I avoid this?'

What goes up must come down - here's how to stay comfortable on the descents as well as the climbs

Male cyclist descending
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Cycling is as much about going downhill as uphill. Whereas the uphill is defined by the physical effort the downhills are all about skill. We spend a lot of time as cyclists working on the physical aspects, however, do we need to spend more time working on the technical? Cycling coach James Spragg runs through what you need to consider to prevent arm and wrist pain while descending, and, as part of this, improve your confidence and speed on descents.

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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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