Biking is a really fun part of your race. But it’s also typically the longest and can be difficult if you don’t prepare the right way for it.
Here’s 3 tips to help you succeed at biking during a race:
- Safety First
- Always wear a helmet when you ride!
- Be aware of your surroundings. Learn the rules of the road.
- Start small and work big. Begin with lower intensity rides and work your way up, building in intensity each week.
- Get to Know Your Bike
- Find the right bike for you. Make sure it’s the right size and can meet the needs of your race.
- Adjust it to how you like it and make it comfortable to you.
- Understand the difference between the two brakes:
- Left hand is the front brake or primary brake.
- Right hand is back brake.
- Slowly push both brakes when stopping your bike.
- Practice getting on and off your bike so you can do it safely and efficiently.
- Practice Good Mechanics
- Always look in front of you, to see what’s coming and to keep balanced.
- Keep your shoulders relaxed, arms tucked in, and your core engaged.
- Keep your knees in line with your feet/pedals, and drive through your feet.
Remember these tips when you train for your race and you will be a much more successful on the bike!