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Right hand turns on technical bike courses

The world is split into two - those that come from countries that drive on the right and those that come from countries who drive on the left.

Considering this revelation, it is clear to understand there will be fundamental difference in the way we ride. And there is.    Simply put, those who have grown up riding on the left hand side of the road (such as Australia, NZ, Singapore) will be more comfortable with sharp left hand corners, as we generally take more of these in a given ride.  Similarly those who originate from counties who use the right hand lane, will tend to be better at sharp right hand corners.

So why does this matter?

In Triathlon and cycling events, the roads are commonly closed to traffic.  This means that in a given race you have the 'full road' and may need to corner either way.  This poses a little challenge, as for the most part we are not trained and generally do not feel comfortable cornering at high speeds 'the other way'.  Take the following clip from the recent Singapore International Triathlon as a great example.
 
This particular corner is a sharp right (in a left hand drive country).     Many athletes struggled to find an optimal line.   Due to this, you will notice riders either digging themselves into the corner and taking it very tight, or, over-shooting the corner and almost riding into the curb.   Fortunately the conditions were next to perfect for the weekends events.  If it had been raining there most certainly would have been many crashes here.

To help develop your cornering ability, bike skills work are an essential part of training.  Doing high paced cornering on closed or semi-closed circuits up at race pace will help you develop the 'feel' for cornering tight on the non-preferred side.

Tri Edge holds clinics from time to time to develop these skills.  Stay posted to the Tri Edge website for more info about these and other clinics we conduct.

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