– [Matt] How much more do you reckon I
need? This is me seventh load. – [Simon] Over the course of your riding
life, you’ll hear many words of wisdom and pearls of knowledge from those who think
they know best. If you hear any of these, give them an extremely wide berth. It’s GCN’s Top Ten Worst Pieces
of Cycling Advice. Back pedaling on descents. – Descending time needn’t be time wasted.
Basically, put your brakes a little bit on descent and pedal backwards to increase
the training effect of descents. – All right. – Can you feel it kicking in? – Oh, for sure. – You should increase your heart rate on
descents, keeps you warm when it’s very cold, as well. – Yeah. – All the top pros do it. – This frankly bizarre piece of training
advice is really one best avoided. Sweat out your cold. You’re suffering from
a cold, and feverish. You’re told to wrap up warm in multiple
layers of clothing and go out for a ride in order to sweat it out. Now, this may
have been what they did in the olden days, but you’re more likely to end up on
antibiotics, and ruining months of hard effort if you choose
this rather foolish path. Use 53 x 12 uphill until you reach a
standstill. A controversial training method which has little or no merit
whatsoever, and is therefore best avoided at all costs. – Ow! – Do you feel the burn? – Ow! Oh, I can feel a popping.
And a grinding. – Whoa, Si! – Brilliant. Oh, God. – Don’t drink anything on a long ride. We
are not camels. We are humans. Bear in mind how much fluid we lose during
moderate exercise, and that’s roughly one liter an hour, and the only outcome if you
take heed here is a one-way trip to Dehydrationsville, and possibly worse.
Bonkers. – You’re sure you don’t want one of mine? – No, no, honestly, mate, I’ll be fine. – Come on. – No, no, I’ll be fine. I’ll be fine. – Put a plastic bag on your saddle to keep
it dry, or how to look like a plonker. Who does this? Why? – Oh, no way, it’s been raining.
Saddle’s wet. – Oh, it’s soaked, mate. Look at the state
of that, it’s actually wet through. Not mine, though, Si.
Completely dry underneath. – That is good. – You can’t buy that… – It’s still raining. – …that sort of knowledge. – You’re not going
to take the bag off? – No, it’s a perpetually dry saddle.
That’s the thinking. My saddle will always be dry. – I can’t keep a straight face. – Try one-legged, uphill pedaling. – It’s supposed to help improve your
pedaling circle. – Oh, right. – So basically from a standing start, one
leg, and off we go. You need a low gear to start off with. – You bloody well do. – And then you actually do little wheelies
as you go along, which is quite… – And please, don’t try racing. – Three, go! I think my left leg’s a bit
stronger, actually. – Yes! – Nice. Can we do that again
with the left leg? – Don’t wear gloves in the winter to get
used to the cold. Yeah, right. Why not then bother wearing
a thermal jacket either? Look, there is some merit in the
toughen-up ideology, but not wearing gloves in subzero temperatures is
basically like saying, “Why not go out today and not change gear?
Or brake? Do you fancy giving frostbite a go?
Ludicrous. – Would you change gear for me, please? – Sure, mate, what do you want? – Could I have the 11? – Yeah, absolutely. – There you go.
– Thanks, mate. – You really should wear gloves, you know. – Train without food, gels, or energy
drink on a long ride. Okay. We could all do a couple of hours without
taking food on board, especially at low intensity, but anything
over two hours and beyond will need some sort of energy top-up. The pros do it
and so should you. – I don’t know, I don’t know what’s
wrong with me. – Well, we’ve been out all day, and I
haven’t seen you eat anything yet. – Simon, how many of you are there? I can
see six of you. Six Simons! Si, have you got any food? – Oh, good God. Oh, my. – Ride as hard as you can
from the bottom of a climb. – Pacing, riding to an average power,
best way to go. – How to get yourself into the red and
never recover. – Come on, Si! It’s all about the max
effort, mate! Old school training as hard as you can on the climbs, come on! It’s
not about tempo, it’s about going as hard as you can. Old school. – You all right, Matt? – [inaudible] a bit early, Si.
Got myself into the red. I’ll be all right in a minute,
just maybe wait a bit, or, yeah. – You can use grass to mend a puncture.
Have you tried it? Straw, maybe, and quite an incredible level of
patience combined with dexterous ability, but grass, no way. – How much more do you reckon I need?
This is my seventh load. – Just another couple. – Si, how long is this going to take?
I’ve got work on Monday. – You’re doing really well, mate.
It’s not much longer at all. Just a bit more grass. – Could you give us a hand? – Ah, no. – What are your worst pieces of advice?
Let us know in the comments below. – Can you feel it, kicking in? – Oh, for sure. – You should increase your heart rate
on descents,it keeps you warm when it’s very cold as well. – Yeah. – All the top pros do it. – For more GCN Top Tens, click here. – And if you haven’t yet subscribed,
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