Cycling Weekly has written about 13 ways to increase your average cycling speed. The baker’s dozen of tips to improve your race time are:
- Bend and tuck elbows
- Listen to music (*this has some caveats!)
- Ride with others
- Pump up your tyres
- Brake less
- Ride on the drops
- Track stand
- Ride out in a headwind and home in a tailwind
- Lose weight
- Build muscle
- Aero bike and/or wheels
- Tighter clothing
I have to admit that several of these I don’t do as much as I should, but others (such as lose weight and build muscle), I’m working on… but what I found more interesting was an article in Triathlon: ‘Secrets of the wind tunnel‘.
- arm position
with a much larger gain (hopefully for hairy blokes, rather than fairly hairless ladies, like me) being by shaving your lower legs.
Do you (or your partner) shave your legs for the purpose of riding more quickly (and not just in the hope of avoiding road rash)?