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The Dark Side Of Cycling! Sneaky Tricks For Beating Stronger Riders

The Dark Side Of Cycling! Sneaky Tricks For Beating Stronger Riders

There is nothing better than going for a bike ride with a friend, someone you can share the experience and while away the hours chatting and laughing. But what about if you are constantly made to feel slow? How do you beat a friend that is fitter than you? Well, have no fear, the dark side of cycling has some answers!

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Route planning – Make it slightly harder than they are perhaps going to excel on. Firstly, simple, and not particularly devious. Take charge of the route. If you have a riding pal that is stronger on the flat than you, it is almost inevitable that they will want to go on a flat ride. That way they can force the tempo at their strength. So, turn the tables on them by taking control of the route yourself and plan one to your strengths instead.

Tell jokes – Here is another great trick, If you are blessed with being that person that can make anyone laugh, use that to your advantage. A well-placed joke can buy you a bit of extra breathing space. Tell a joke at the bottom of the climb something that is really going to take the breath from there lungs and the power from their legs.

Offer food at the bottom of a climb – This is a firm favourite. I’ve used this many times to my benefit over the years, but the trick is to offer a bite of food that sounds so delicious, they really can’t refuse. And if this delicious sounding morsel of food turns out to be unbearably dry, then all the better!

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Is Colombia About To Dominate Pro Cycling? | The Cycling Race News Show

Is Colombia About To Dominate Pro Cycling? | The Cycling Race News Show

Welcome back to the GCN Racing News Show. This week, is Colombia about to dominate pro cycling? A quick glance at the Tour Colombia suggests it might be. Plus, we’ve got the Tour Provence, Tour of Oman, Trofeo Laigueglia, the Vuelta a Murcia, John Degenkolb’s crowdfunding campaign and the obligatory Astana Rap Montage. GCN Winter… Continue Reading

Road Bike Vs E Bike – Col De La Madone Climbing Challenge

Road Bike Vs E Bike – Col De La Madone Climbing Challenge

We took on our friends at EMBN, our e-bike channel, on the slopes of the famous Col de la Madone for a climbing showdown. Who could ascend this epic climb the fastest, Dan on the road or Steve on the off-road track? Watch to find out… GCN Winter Sale – Up To 50% Off: https://gcn.eu/1cq… Continue Reading

How Can I Find My Cycling Strengths & Weaknesses? | Ask GCN Anything

How Can I Find My Cycling Strengths & Weaknesses? | Ask GCN Anything

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6 Pro Tips For Free Speed On Your Road Bike

6 Pro Tips For Free Speed On Your Road Bike

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When Cyclists Do Press Ups… | The GCN Show Ep. 318

When Cyclists Do Press Ups… | The GCN Show Ep. 318

Last week we set you the 20 second push up challenge, and we’re back to see how you got on, as well as a fair few pro cyclists! Plus Ernesto Colnago’s birthday bike, and the science behind saddle height measurement… GCN Winter Sale – Up To 50% Off: https://gcn.eu/1bS Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register your… Continue Reading

Happy? The Stress Epidemic & How Cycling Can Help

Happy? The Stress Epidemic & How Cycling Can Help

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