How & When To Ride Out Of The Saddle When Riding A Bike | GCN's Pro Tips

Published on September 20th 2017


Si & Matt are here to let you know why, when and how to get "out of the saddle" when you're riding your bike. Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! Let us know in the comments when and why you get out of the saddle when riding 👇 Ex-Professional cyclists Matt Stephens and Simon Richardson talk you through the different motions and occasions of getting out of the saddle when you are riding. - Sprinting: Getting out of the saddle allows you to produce more power than being seated. You are also engaging your body weight, arms, back, shoulders, chest and core to assist you. You would normally use the sprint to either attack from a group or the rush for the finish line. - Climbing: Riding out of the saddle when climbing allows you to produce more force as you can engage more muscle groups, as well as using your body weight to help put extra weight on the pedals. This will mean more energy consumption though. So it's recommended to sit down on the shallower gradients. - Stretching: Sometimes you will find it necessary to relieve muscle groups you are using for a prolonged period of time. There is no set time to do this, you can do it whenever, but, your body will tell you when it is aching. If the roads you ride on are undulating, it may not be necessary as you will be in and out of the saddle plenty! If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GCN... How & When To Change Gear On A Road Bike | GCN's Pro Tips 📹 How To Improve Your Balance On A Bike | GCN's Pro Tips 📹 Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /