The Dark Side Of Cycling! Sneaky Tricks For Beating Stronger Riders

Published on February 20th 2019


There is nothing better than going for a bike ride with a friend, someone you can share the experience and while away the hours chatting and laughing. But what about if you are constantly made to feel slow? How do you beat a friend that is fitter than you? Well, have no fear, the dark side of cycling has some answers! GCN Winter Sale - Up To 50% Off: Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Submit your content with our new uploader: Join our Facebook community: Route planning - Make it slightly harder than they are perhaps going to excel on. Firstly, simple, and not particularly devious. Take charge of the route. If you have a riding pal that is stronger on the flat than you, it is almost inevitable that they will want to go on a flat ride. That way they can force the tempo at their strength. So, turn the tables on them by taking control of the route yourself and plan one to your strengths instead. Tell jokes - Here is another great trick, If you are blessed with being that person that can make anyone laugh, use that to your advantage. A well-placed joke can buy you a bit of extra breathing space. Tell a joke at the bottom of the climb something that is really going to take the breath from there lungs and the power from their legs. Offer food at the bottom of a climb - This is a firm favourite. I’ve used this many times to my benefit over the years, but the trick is to offer a bite of food that sounds so delicious, they really can’t refuse. And if this delicious sounding morsel of food turns out to be unbearably dry, then all the better! If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GCN... How To Hide On A Group Ride 📹 Music - licensed by Epidemic Sound: A Forbidden Smile (Instrumental Version) - Sven Karlsson Better Place (Instrumental Version) - spring gang Catch a Thief - Benjamin Rice Desert Blues - Sven Karlsson Elasticity - Chelle Ives Hyenaf - Giants’ Nest Magic Armchair - Sugar Rose Midnight Jazz Mood 4 - Magnus Ringblom Sunshine Stroll 02 - Håkan Eriksson Surrounded By Nature - Chill Cole Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto /