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How Do I Ride Blind Corners Without Losing Speed? | Ask GCN Anything


– Welcome to ask GCN Anything. It’s that time of the week when we go through all your questions, all about cycling. And in this week, what
do we have in store? – This week have how to stay motivated whilst commuting, how
to maintain your bike on a long multi-stage event, and which bike should you buy, aero versus climbing. – So plenty up for discussion there. But if you did wanna get
your question answered on next week’s ask GCN Anything, then use the hashtag torqueback and make sure you put in your comment in the comments below. – And if you want to be in with a chance of winning a three month
subscription to Zwift, then use the hashtag GCNTraining, and ask us your questions that way. – Right, first question from Onypop. “How come my power during
an FTP test is much lower indoors than it is when I do it outdoors? I recently did an FTP test indoors and tested 224 watts. Two weeks later I did the same but outside and I got 243 watts. What could be the cause
of this difference? Is it perhaps the fresh
oxygen I get outside?”. – Well there could be a
number of reasons for this, but, first off it, potentially the thermo regulation. So, up to 75% of your body’s energy goes towards controlling
your internal temperature. And unless you’ve got a
really good fan indoors, and really good air flow, the chances are is you’re gonna be kinda cooking yourself slowly really. So that’s one place to look. The next one is that actually whilst you’re outdoors you’re able to neever off
the bike a little bit, and also momentum comes into play, so that will also potentially
give you more power. If I was you, to be really honest, I would accept that the numbers are gonna be slightly different, but. – Yeah so basically I would kind of do your exercise or your FTP test indoors, and we’ve actually done a video on that, that Si’s doing here. – ‘Cause what we want from an FTP test is for it to be easily repeatable. One hour tests are absolutely brutal, and because of that, they’re also wide open to error, whereas shorter tests mean that you are more likely to be able to do them regularly, and they’re also gonna give you a much more accurate gage so you can compare them with one another to actually see your performance. – “How do I corner blindly? For example, on switchbacks when I can’t see because of rocks and trees et cetera. Every time I corner I always get scared and slow down”. Chris, you’re more than capable
of answering this question. – Yep, you know what? One of my absolute favorite aspects of being a bike rider, was racing down hills and descents that I’d never been down before, and try and nail the corners absolutely perfectly every time. And generally speaking, that was doable, but you need to call up, a little bit of experience there. So, the first thing to do would be to always stay within what you know is your limit, because as soon as you start
approaching your limit, the fun goes out of it pretty
quickly if things go wrong. – Yeah I’ve definitely pushed the limits on a few of my races, but yeah. – First time I ever rode with Hank he fell off actually. But anyway– – Plenty of videos out there. – Yeah there are. (both laughing) So always ride at around like 90 to 95%, and always kind of pay attention to what your bike’s telling you. So like, when you put input into the bike, how it moves underneath you and things like that. You really wanna be in tune with the feedback
that you’re getting through, because that’s how you’re gonna learn what you’re doing and
how to be in control. You also wanna make sure you get all your braking
done before the corner, and you definitely do not want be hanging off the side of a bike. When I was a kid, I remember racing in the wet one time and I was sticking my knee out like you see on the Moto GP. – Doesn’t work like that, does it? – Doesn’t work like that no. One of the older riders
came up and said look, if you’re just taking
the center of gravity away from your tires so, if you kinda think of your tires as, well they are your only contact point, and you wanna keep your weight over the top of them really, because that will give them the most grip. – Do pay attention to the roads and do, even if you can’t see the exit, keeping looking for it and eventually it’ll pop out. – Yeah exactly, the road will give you little clues as well, so by scanning for the exit, by scanning the road surface, and actually by scanning
the verge or the ditch, the curb, whatever you have there, you’ll start to pick up on how tight a corner’s likely to be or not. But you can also use
traffic that’s ahead of you, you can use, there’s so many things that you can pick up on. You kinda build like an image of the road ahead of you and it is absolutely possible to sort of half predict what’s coming, even when you’re on a descent
you’ve never seen before. – But go out and practice because cornering is a really enjoyable part of cycling. – [Chris] Oh it’s the best bit. – And, yeah you can gain a lot of speed from taking a corner fast. So do go out and enjoy it. We have got three, not one, but three, videos on cornering, so corner like a pro,
how to corner correctly, so please do check them out, and also if you like that video, do give it a thumbs up. – [Woman] Lets talk a
little bit more about leaning your bike. Lean is a fundamental way in which you get a bike around a corner. Your center of balance has to be further over to the inside, from the contact point of
your tires with the road. (electronic whirring) – And the winner of this week’s AskGCNTraining question is, Ranger MT. – Yeah Ranger. – Well done to you, Ranger. Three months free
subscription coming your way. – That’s cool that. – And for this question it was, “What’s the best way
to train for crit races if you only half an hour”, which isn’t a lot of time, “To spare; max effort sprints or
FTP threshold efforts? Thanks”. Well, good question because everyone wants to get as fit as possible, in a really short amount of time. And, it’s a good one. I mean there are some training sessions out there that– – There’s some really good ones. – That can kind of really increase your sprint. I think it’s more sprint
you’re looking at working on because it’s very, a crit is very much
sprint out the corner– – Yeah it’s all about running at a real high intensity
and punching out the corner, every couple of seconds really. – So, I would recommend, and we’ll put it in the link, the FTP w/ Bursts. That Si Richardson actually did on Zwift. So do go check that out and have a go at it, but make sure you get some kind of six, to eight really hard bursts, and that will really help you kind of get to the top end of where you wanna go. – It’s all about riding at
a high sustainable power, which is what you’ll be
doing in a crit race, and then punching out above that as well. And it’ll be about how your body copes
with recovering from it, from those high bursts,
without actually easing up. – Yeah. – It would be a good session, it’s not gonna feel great the first couple of times
you do it, I’m sure, but you will see the
benefits from doing it if you stick with it. – Yeah and do good, good luck from both of us in your upcoming crit races, and let us know how you get on. – Yeah definitely. – If you wanna chuck it
in the comments below. – Next up we have a question from– – [Both] TheBelgianDude. – “Two days ago I tried going from 23
to 25 millimeter tires. The front wheel had no
clearance problems at all, and at first sight, no problems on the back wheel either. Even though it was very close, the wheel span just fine. Today however, when going out for a ride and hitting a bump or something similar, Belgian roads”, we all
know what they’re like. – We do. – “Suddenly the back
wheel started dragging on the brake bridge. I tried fixing it by
just taking the wheel out and putting it back it in, but it kept on going back and dragging against the frame. So, I’m guessing the
minimal tire clearance is just too little. Is there any way I can increase it by a few millimeters, or, is there no other option than going back to the 23 mill tires I had on there before?”. Well, I quite like this question because– – Do you? – Well yeah I do– – Jump straight into
the answer, so crack on. – Yeah I know. The best thing you can do is actually stick with your 23 mill rear tire, I’d keep the 25 on the front though. – Would you? – Yeah, well ’cause why wouldn’t you? – Yeah. – Like you’ve got more grip
on the front then at least. But, there are certain
little tricks you can do. I’m not sure I’d really recommend them. – No you can actually put a bit of like, roll up a bit of cardboard and stick that in your drop outs. – Where a team mate win a race whilst doing that one, years ago. He wanted to do exactly what you’ve done and go to 25 from 23. – But we wouldn’t recommend it. – I just don’t, it’s just
not a great route to go down. So I’d stick with the 23 on the back, you’ll at least have the benefit of having a 25 on the front and just see how that goes. – Next up we’ve got a question– – [Both] From BillyB. – “How do I stay motivated while commuting in the early mornings and late nights once the weather and dark mornings start closing in? When it’s five a.m., it’s raining and pitch black, the car is very tempting”. Ah, I feel your pain here BillyB. – Yeah absolutely. It’s gonna be really tricky, isn’t it? I’m not looking forward
to doing that myself. – No but I would, I mean I, it’s what you’re
about to say wasn’t it? I’d really look at kind
of the positives about commuting. What are those positives Chris? – It’s free, for a start. – No cost in parking, no cost in fuel. – Fitness gains. – I mean you can get fit without even thinking about it. Who doesn’t wanna do that? – Yeah but actually
what I would do is just maintain your objectives so why are you commuting in
the first place by bike? Hold on to that, even when
the weather’s bad, and stick to it because, it can be alright to commute in the bad weather. You feel like you’re getting one over on the world if you’ve been out in the hail and the rain or whatever else you may have. – [Hank] And it feels insane. Like you get all those endorphins and– – Yeah exactly. – You get into your office
and you’re awake and you feel ready to work and you actually probably get more work done in those early hours than when you walked in and you’re kind of like drowsy and you’ve got bags under your eyes. – Yep. Think of the benefits. Think of the reasons why you’re doing it, and just remind yourself of that. Next up we have a question from Steve DS. “Hi guys, I will be doing a seven day multi stage event in January, averaging around 157 kilometers a day with three days over 200.” – Wowsers. – That’s a big event, that. “what kind of checks should
I be doing on my bike after each ride?”. – Well I’d start off with kind of working down then up on your bike, so start off with your tires, so make sure you’ve got good tread, you haven’t got any splits. Tire pressure, make sure you’re kind of, you haven’t lost air on your ride. And then chain, so make sure your chain is well lubricated, and, ’cause it’s the
last thing you wanna do is ride on a chain that is dry and you’re losing watts there, aren’t you? – You also don’t want your bike to get so filthy and dirty so. – So do go and check out
the GCN Tech channel, because that will give you a whole host of videos of how to maintain your bike, and get it in tip top working condition. So next question we have
from Survivalproduction “Please can you talk about the aero vs lightweight bike, it’s such a hard choice”. I feel you on this one because it is a really tough choice. There’s so many bikes out there, there’s so many different kinds of bikes. Which one do you get? And, I think we’re right in saying we’ve got a few videos on that, don’t we? – Yeah we definitely have. Emma went to the Duro recently so why don’t you click, well I don’t know where
you’re gonna click, but there’ll be a link
down in the description below for that one. – I wanted to ask you, why are all your riders on the Giant TCR and not the Propel? – Here we have the team is, basically good for climbs so, guys who we’re going to help on the climbs or before that. Nobody here is a real sprinter. – And then Si’s got a video on the screen behind
us right now, in fact. Aero versus lightweight versus endurance. – Now so much work has gone into creating stiff, aerodynamic tube profiles. But actually comfort had been sacrificed. Now generation two of aero bikes, pretty much across all manufacturers, have actually gone a long way to sorting that problem out. – So what would you go for then? – Well where I live it’s not crazy hilly, and my ride’s are pretty quick. They’re short and fast so I would go with the aero bike. – And I personally would also go for the aero bike. I’m riding a Trek Madon
and I am loving it. I’ve been on it for the last three days, and it is a dream bike really, for me. – But if I lived somewhere hillier I’d definitely choose the climbing bike. If I lived in the Alps, the Dolomites, (mumbles) for example. – But do go and check out those videos ’cause they really will give you a really good insight as to what bike to go for. The pros and cons to both different frames really. – I’m gonna add one last thing in here. – Go on. – Choose the bike that
you like the look of, and you enjoy the ride of the most. Because then you’ll be
more willing to ride it, and you’ll look forward to riding it on. – Next question from– – Maarten de Groot. – Thank you Chris, I was gonna need help with that anyway. “I’m new to this whole awesomeness, but have just purchased
my first Canyon road bike. Any tips on a good build-up program for the next few weeks?”. – And in fact, you’re not the only person to ask this question this week, as Mathias Klose has also written in. “I am new to the sport, so how should I start training? For example, how long should the rides be and how often should I do them?”. – Yeah so I would aim to start building up from six to eight hours in your cycling week. So this is kind of like two hour rides, and then progressively onwards from that, really. – Yeah well the point is, you don’t have to aim for a two hour ride. You could break it up
into lots of little ones, you just kinda wanna build on that contact time with your bike. You want to get comfortable on your bike, and most cycling events, if you look at a calendar of any kind, they range from around the
50 to 100 kilometer mark. So that’s gonna take you, around two to five hours, so it is an endurance sport, it’s a time, a sport
that’s well rewarded by a good investment of time. So the more you do on
your bike, the better. So in those early rides you really wanna just get used to riding, how it feels. – So really just get progressive, no? – Yeah. You wanna understand the sensation you feel on your bike, and then when you’ve done a couple
of weeks like that, and you’re feeling adventurous, you can try some of our training videos. – Well I was just gonna say, you’ve just spent a couple of weeks doing your training videos, and I actually tried to
follow a few of them, which were actually really good. So yeah go and check those videos out, and they’ll give you kind of each week of training programs to try and– – They’re really good sessions to aim for actually. I’ve referred to testing a few times around the series. And whilst you may have only been training to improve your on the bike fitness, why not go out and test? And see how much you
have really progressed? – Yeah, now the preparation
for this kinda begins two days before, by taking
your final rest day. Now that kinda takes care of itself, provided you don’t spend your entire rest day eating cake. – Then we have Ethan Uhlfelder, “What is the best way to transition from an Enduro fitness into a more road cycling fitness level?”. So I would say, longer efforts. Higher sustained intensity, basically. More endurance work.
– More endurance work. I was gonna say, just concentrate on that endurance work and, ’cause you’ll progressively get better. – Yeah, Enduro’s good for your fitness and there’ll be lots of short,
sharp accelerations. And you’re gonna be missing out on those long go, the five, 10, 12, 20 minute efforts so, get stuck into a few of those I would. – And the next question from Papapouille? – Papapouille. – Papaouille? I’m sorry I murdered that one. But, his question is, “What is worn most during
summertime in the peleton, bibs or shorts?”. Well, that’s a very easy question. – Yep, bibs. – Bibs. – [Chris] Have you ever
seen a pro wearing shorts? And not bibs? – I don’t I’ve ever worn a pair of shorts. Next question from Sam Wilton. “Hi GCN, I want to do road
cycling and cyclocross but with only one bike. Should I get a road bike, and have a set of cross wheels to switch them to doing cross, or get a cross bike and put road wheels on it when I’m doing road riding? I ride on the road more and I’m thinking of getting a road frame so I can go as fast as
possible on the road, but I’m not sure. Thanks”. Quick question. – Cross bike. – Cross bike. – You won’t have tire
clearance on the road bike to put cross tires on that, so. – I wouldn’t take a road bike out on the mud anyway. So cross bike’s probably your way forward. – [Chris] It is be a compromised geometry won’t be quite the same but, definitely go for the cross bike. – [Hank] There you have it. – Cool. Next up, bugboy152000. “Just purchased a Canyon Aeroad. What can I expect going aero from an endurance bike?”. – Fast ride. – More aggressive handling. – And you should feel much racier. – Yeah. It’ll feel good, it’ll
feel quick and it’ll be a little bit sharper. – Next question from Larry Arrington. “Hello and thanks for the great content”. Well we are glad we are here to give it you. – Nah, he means Si and Dan and Emma. – Oh, probably. – Cool. – I’m lost in a sea of
training plan options, and no event to prep for. What training objective should I use when I don’t have event
details for which to plan?”. – Set a goal that you
would like to achieve, maybe a long ride, is
a good place to start. Set it six to eight weeks in advance, so you can really build
towards it as well. Doesn’t haven’t to be an organized thing, can just be your own personal challenge. Sometimes they’re the
most fun ones to conquer. Next up we’ve got a
question from Gulliermo. “I’m having a little tricep
pain during my rides, and especially on the long ones. Is there any way to prevent this, or will my body get used to it? I get a new bike, and I passed from a 54 to a 56, maybe
that’s the problem? I’ve already got a shorter stem, thanks in advice”, in advance
sorry, “You guys rock”. – Well Chris you’ve got some pretty big triceps there, what
do you do to kind of sort that problem out? – Well personally I do absolutely nothing, apart from sprint. But, there are a few things you could try and actually I would almost say that having a longer stem is more likely to take the pressure off your triceps. Because if you’re trying to hold it in like a crunch position there, as opposed to a slightly
more neutral position there, it’s gonna create a fatigue. – But you can also do some kind of specific exercises to
strengthen your triceps. For example– – Press ups. – Press ups or– – [Both] Tricep dips. – Yeah get out on your little stool and. – But you don’t want biceps as big as his. Well actually, mine are slightly bigger. – But you will over time
also get used to it. But I would really look
at your position first, because you shouldn’t really have any localized pain
whilst on the bike. – Yeah, exactly. You wanna feel as
comfortable as possible, and we hope that kind of, some exercises, and the changes that Chris has mentioned will help you kind of feel more comfortable on the bike. – [Chris] Yep, let us know how you get on. – We’ve come to the conclusion of this week’s– – Not already.
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