Do you know these forbidden riding postures?

In professional competitions, riders always chase the ultimate speed. Many riding postures can reduce wind resistance, but most postures are very dangerous.

UCI prohibited riding postures

Professional competitions have influences on amateurs. Amateurs may imitate the postures of professional riders so that the negative impact of dangerous riding postures cannot be ignored. Some riding postures are explicitly prohibited in some competitions. In this article, let’s talk about the riding postures prohibited in UCI events.

1. Superman Posture

A very popular video shows Italian cyclist Michael Guerra using the Superman posture, it has millions of views on YouTube and is spread all over the world. Some amateurs thought that the best aerodynamic posture was the Superman riding posture. Figure 2 illustrates that the projected area on the front is very small so that the wind resistance can be reduced. The speed is 24% faster than that of the normal posture. However, the legs are off the bike pedal, making the rider lose the sense of balance. It is very dangerous even for professional riders, especially when riding downhill. We strongly recommend not trying this posture.

2. Pantani posture

Marco Pantani used this posture in the Tour de France. The main feature of this posture is that the body bends as low as possible. The body is streamlined which greatly reduces wind resistance and allows the speed to be 14% faster than that of the normal posture. However, the rider cannot normally control the handlebar when moving forward, especially when turning and going downhill, so it is also a very dangerous posture.

Pantani pose

3. TT pose

The TT position is often used by Marc Hirshis. The main feature of this posture is that both hands leave the handlebars and the elbows stand straight forward to support the body. It is easy to have a rest while riding. The wind resistance is reduced compared with the normal posture because the front projection area is smaller. The better aerodynamic performance makes the speed 11% faster than that of normal riding posture. However, due to hands leaving the handlebar, you cannot brake in time. If the sweaty arms slip on the handlebar, it is hard to control the bike and easy to fall.

TT posture

4. Froome posture

The Froome posture was first used by Chris Froome in the 2016 Tour de France. Belgian aerodynamic experts verified the theoretical efficiency and after that widely adopted by professional riders.

The characteristic of this posture is that the rider’s upper body is close to the handlebars and the butt is almost sitting on the top tube, presenting a super low-lying state, which can effectively reduce wind resistance. The speed is 9% faster than that of the normal posture but the stability is very poor, so it is not safe.

Although the above postures have good aerodynamics, they are very dangerous. The UCI stipulates that riders must have both feet on the pedals, hands on the handlebars, and sitting on the saddle during riding. When we enjoy riding, safety should be the priority. What other ultimate riding postures are there? Feel free, to comment here to share your ideas.



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5 months ago

This article is really well written and very useful to me.

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