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Thursday, August 18 2016

Should I pedal hard, easy, or coast on downhills?

These guidelines are more for racing against the clock (e.g. Time Trials and Triathlon) rather than a road race where staying with the pack is important for the drafting effect of riding behind someone else.

On a bike, the power required to go faster increases exponentially. This is because of the drag from air resistance. 

For example, going from 20 mph to 25 mph is only a 25% increase in speed, but there is an approximate doubling of energy required to get that additional 5 mph. As speed increases, you must expend more energy to sustain that speed plus the additional energy to overcome the increased headwind.

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Posted by: Steve Elliott AT 11:24 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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