High Speed Cornering Tips
photo by Veeral Patel
Crowie has some invaluable tips stored away from his lifelong experience as a pro cyclist. Most pro’s don’t know how to break down these skills and techniques to teach them properly to cyclists like you and me. This is why I love listening to Crowie so much. Here’s some great high speed cornering tips in Q&A style from a reader that I passed onto Crowie to answer.
For some other cornering tips that I wrote a few weeks back, click here.
TOP 9 Strategies To Maximaze High Speed Cornering!
By Rob Crowe – Ridewiser
Q: How soon after the apex should I be back on the gas? I’m guessing it’s the same as in my rally car, ie: ASAP.
A: Start pedaling again ASAP, without hitting the pedal. This is so much of an issue that riders have been known to execute these TOP 9 strategies to minimise the out-of-corner delay time for re-applying the accelerator!
- Go very fast into it ‘as the first rider’, lay right over but wait for longer to pedal (have a rest!), and then accelerate harder than everybody else when they start to come around in the sprint
- Put 170mm cranks on instead of 172.5 or 175mm (Crowie is usually on 172.5mm for criteriums for this reason)
- Take the corner as wide as possible & don’t stop pedaling (recommended)
- Enter the corner very ‘late’ which in turn means that the ‘lay-over period’ is quite brief and the angle of departure from the apex is tight to the inside gutter
- Use a higher built Bottom Bracket in the bike frame (lift the clearance another way)
- Use shallower pedals (slimmer models such as Speedplay instead of old bulky LOOK type)
- Get out of the seat & tilt the bike for each LHS (left-hand-side assuming you’re riding on a anti-clockwise course) downward drive-stroke so as to ‘miss’ the bitumen while starting pedaling sooner
- ‘Lay off the wheel’ of the guy in front; a pseudo-vacuum is created between riders during the corner, which means that the re-acceleration is late, but there’s less resistance to pick up speed again into the air-pocket behind your lead man
- Just dig in early, hit the pedal & try to hold her up!? (not recommended)