This video masterclass course covers the nine essential descending and cornering skills in detail. The course is intended for cyclists who want to improve their descending and cornering skills performance and learn how to corner more effectively on the bike. The videos are intended for cyclists of all levels, from beginners to advanced.
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Module One Video – Hand positions, setting up your brakes and centre of gravity
We go back to basics and discuss the hand positions, brake setup and centre of gravity to optimise your descending, cornering and braking.
Module Two Video – The correct way to use your brakes and set your speed
Have you ever overcooked a corner and ended up on the wrong side of the road? In this module, we’ll discuss the major difference between the front and rear brake, and in what circumstances you use each of them. You’ll also learn how to use them to quickly get out of trouble when you are in a corner and overcooked it. And we’ll also discuss how to get your speed set correctly before you enter a corner so that you dramatically reduce the chance of overcooking it and getting yourself into trouble in the first place We’ll also discuss the difference between normal and disk brakes, carbon wheels, heat build-up and other factors that affect braking.
Module Three Video – Weight distribution
Weight distribution is critical to staying stable and safe while cornering at speed. We go into detail on how to get your weight distribution right so that you can corner faster with more safely. Once you get this nailed, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get around corners fast. Your bike will just feel like it’s on rails and tracking smoothly around corners, so cornering at speed become effortless and a lot safer.
Module Four Video – Cornering in the wet
If you use the same skills to get around a corner in the dry while riding on a wet road, you’ll almost always end up having a fall. There are specific cornering techniques that you need to master to corner in the wet safely. In this module, we’ll teach the major differences between cornering in the dry and the wet so that you can ride in wet conditions with absolute confidence and safety.
Module Five Video – Avoiding speed wobbles
Descending at speeds can sometimes invoke a speed wobble. If they become severe, you can be thrown off your bike. This module covers the main reasons why they happen and how to avoid them as well as what to do to instantly stop a speed wobble if one ever happens to you.
Module Six Video – Tyre choice and pressure
Tyre selection is important. Some tyres corner better than others. In this module, we’ll discuss tyre choice and pressure that provides you with the most grip in both wet and dry conditions to ensure you corner safely. While not quite a skill, this knowledge is invaluable in helping you stay upright.
Module Seven Video – How to overcome your fear of descending at speed
If you are a slow descender that gets left behind by your cycling friends whenever you go down hills, then this module is for you. We discuss techniques that will help you quickly build confidence and start descending safely at speed so that you can stay with your friends on descents.
Module Eight Video – Using the road and where to look
In this module, we discuss how to pick a line around a corner to maximise speed and safety. We also discuss the importance of where to look and how different road surfaces affect your cornering speed. And finally, we’ll discuss the cornering risk rating to help you evaluate the conditions and determine the risk.
Module Nine Video – Safely cornering and descending with other riders
In this module, we provide tips to help you keep out of trouble and safely corner and descend with other riders.
Bonus Module Video – Putting it all together
Sometimes learning all these skills at one time becomes a bit daunting. To master all these skills, you need to practice them. In this bonus module, we cover how to work through all these skills, step by step, so you can master them one after the other without being overwhelmed.