Here are some helpful tips we give to all our clients starting a new coaching plan with us. They will help you ride faster and be more comfortable.

Loosen your grip...

Holding on to the handle bars too tight will cause you to over exert your shoulders and arms, leading to aching. Over rough ground you should lift off the saddle and allow the bike to follow the road whilst keeping you body relaxed and independent (not moving up and down), your arms and legs will act as your suspension.
Don't coast downhill...

Keeping the pedals turning will save you energy. To stop and start pedalling it uses more energy than keeping legs turning easily. We save energy and clear the lactate from our muscles preparing your muscles for that next effort..
Hold back...

Going slow can help you go fast, consistency is key in cycling. Lots of easier rides are better than 1 or 2 flat out rides that leave you dead for a week. Every time you ride you are damaging your muscles, this is normal. If you ride at a lower intensity it takes less time to recover and build your muscles, allowing you to repeat this process building your base fitness.
Use the front brake more...

Most people don't use the front brake enough, it should be roughly 60% front, 40% rear braking. In the wet brake earlier, lighter and only in a straight line, this reduces your chance of loosing control.
Go commando...

Cycle shorts are designed to be worn on there own, without any underwear. Underwear can cause uncomfortable chaffing and sores, and it looks funny.

We hope you have found these tips helpful, if you would like to discuss these points further or start one of a training plan talk to one of our experienced coaches at