Take-home training session: leg speed

Pedalling quickly and efficiently is a core cycling skill. You’ll be able to ride quicker, with less strain, and you’ll expend less energy. Here’s how to do it

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Many cyclists believe that in order to go faster, they must push a bigger gear. But this isn’t always the case and it could lead to serious problems.

Grinding away slowly in a big gear will put a lot of strain on your ankles, knees and hips as you push and pull through each pedal stroke. You will also tire quicker as your muscles work harder to create the strength and force needed to turn the wheels.

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1Easyspeak comfortably
2Slowchat easily
3aSteadyhold a conversation (just)
3bBriskone sentence at a time
4Thresholdshort sentences only
5Hardonly get the odd word out
6Very hardgasp!

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