Great braking technique is for roadies too

Check out this photo and video from a finish-line crash in stage 4 of the 2010 Tour de Suisse.

Photo by Graham Watson on

Look at the rider on the right. He’s braking hard and:

– Very low.

– Way back behind the seat. Yes that’s a viable, important position!

– Driving the force into his right foot. Note how his heel is dropped and he’s pushing straight into the pedal spindle.

His form could be more perfect, but this is impressive at 40 mph in a terrifying instant.

Here’s the video (thanks CP):


1. Learn to brake HARD.

2. Practice until the correct movements are automatic.

3. Pin it.

Thanks to Aussie Chris for the heads-up.

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7 replies
  1. leelikesbikes says:

    Thanks for the video. I added it above.

    The rider we’re talking about cut sideways from behind the crashers, hit the binders hard and was able to stop without calamity.

  2. PM says:

    Great breaking technique for sure…
    But it would have been better to see him bunnyhop the fallen rider and bike!

  3. tim says:

    And then the guy in white jersey/helmet on left rides up with the pack, head down, and launches over a fallen rider….the opposite of the pro braker and weaver…

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