Bike Descending Tips For Triathletes

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Aug 12, 2013
  • Updated Jul 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM UTC
Photo: Brad Kaminski

Power down descents ahead of your competition with these six confidence-boosting tips.

This article was originally published in the July/August 2013 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine.

Owen Gue, a former professional cyclist and current owner of training vacation destination The Cycling House (, helps triathletes improve their riding skills at his weeklong camps around the world. He offers advice on how to thrive on the downhills.

Tip #1: Relax

It’s obviously counterproductive to get stressed before descending, so relax your upper body and keep a firm grasp (read: not death grip) on the bars. On a road bike, Gue suggests descending in the drops for more brake control and to avoid descending in the aerobars on a tri bike unless on a safe, familiar road.

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a contributor for Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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