It is one thing to tackle a mountain and an uphill climb, but quite a different thing to cycle downhill. If you are good and manage to cycle to the top, then you will, of course, have to turn around and cycle back downhill, unless the crest is your final destination. Going downhill requires some different techniques to the ones you employed during the climb. Let us look at a few things the cyclist must bear in mind during this period which will ensure success without having to take any unnecessary risks.
There are two qualities that every biker needs when they undertake the downhill climb: Confidence and agility.
Always Keep Pedalling
Many people make the mistake of thinking the ‘easy’ downhill ride is a time for you to rest. They tend to take this time to relax and maybe recover some strength for the next climb. This can be acceptable if it is the last section of your ride but it is not always the best technique. Coasting leisurely downhill can be a fatal mistake. When going downhill after a vigorous uphill climb, the muscles will tend to relax and cool down if the biker does not keep on cycling. They will end up being extremely stiff and this can be a hindrance when looking for the momentum needed for the next cycling session.
So the rider needs to keep on pedalling which also helps to remove the toxins that build up during the uphill climb. This can also be a good opportunity to recover any lost time and if it is a race, a great opportunity to overtake and gain some distance on the other competitors.
This is where physics and aerodynamics take place. Going downhill causes some resistance against the air and the wind which might cause some drag or can be used as an advantage. The rider should maintain a position of least resistance and have their hands firmly on the handle bars and fingers well positioned on the brakes. This helps maintain balance and in case of any slight bump, the rider will be in a position to control their movement. It also makes it easier to bring the cycle to a stop in the shortest time possible.