Mastering cycling: How to maximise pedalling power and efficiency

As with all sports where participants work against gravity, cycling performance is largely driven by power-to-weight ratio and efficiency of movement.

Don’t worry, this is not a weight loss tutorial (although that may be beneficial in preparation for your next Tour). Here, we’re going to show you how to increase pedalling power and efficiency, whatever weight you are.

The benefits of increased power are obvious. But efficiency? Well, being more efficient means you use less energy to generate a given amount of power (specifically power to the pedals in this case). In other words, you can go faster and/or longer for the same calorie expenditure.

And there’s more. Because moving efficiently requires strength, mobility and awareness, you are less likely to suffer musculoskeletal problems as you train.

Whether you’re a competitive rider, new to the sport or simply use a bike for transport, improving your cycling efficiency and power to the pedals will make your life better.

Sound good?

Watch this short video to learn how to prime your glutes and hips for powerful and efficient pedalling.

Happy riding!

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