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How to Properly Corner and Descend Safely

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When cornering in a group, communication is key – signalling tight turns is helpful and offers a warning that the riders around you are slowing down. When braking, it’s typically best to apply pressure to both the front and rear brake evenly, ideally before you enter the corner. Leaning your bike into the turn and keeping your body low will increase the available traction in the turn itself.

When it comes to descending, it’s important to keep scanning ahead for corners, potholes and other obstacles. This will allow you to pick the fastest and safest line. Getting low on the bike with your hands on the drops and covering the brakes will help you go faster in a straight line and give you a lower centre of gravity and more grip when coming into corners.

If you’re descending in a group, it’s likely that you’ll have riders descending faster or slower than you. Be consistent with the direction of your overtaking manoeuvre. Typically pass on the right if you drive on the left, and vice versa if you drive on the right hand side of the road in your country.

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