Nailing good corning in the road, gravel, or mountain bike is tough. Often when you get it right it can be a separator to distance the others. On the flip side, when you get it wrong it you can be left behind, or even on the ground!
Here are seven simple steps to make your cornering faster and safer than ever that work on the road, gravel, and mountain bike.
1. Start by entering the corner on the outside of the turn.
2. Before you enter the turn, complete all braking and make your FINAL choice for your corner speed.
3. As you enter the turn, open your inside leg up.
4. Drop your bike down towards the open leg.
5. Shift your weight over the bottom bracket of the bike (crack to crack - put your butt crack on the outside of edge crack of the saddle.)
6. Cut to the inside of the turn.
7. Reaccelerate back up to speed to exit the corner.
That’s it! Sounds simple, but requires lots of practice to get the feel of different types of corners, speeds, and surfaces.
Now go and crush your cornering!