How To Descend Safely | Ridesmart

Published on October 12th 2015


Ridesmart is a series in partnership with British Cycling aimed at Sportive riders. Follow these tips for faster, safer descending whether riding solo or in a group. Click here to subscribe to GCN: Because you'll typically be riding at faster speeds when 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. Buy GCN cycling kit - USA: Rest of World: Get GCN T-Shirts and hoodies: