Master the perfect pedalling technique
The Polar View
The figure of eight
This pedalling technique loses too much pedal momentum on the transition from right-leg to left-leg (point 1) and left-leg to right-leg (point 2). The cyclist is only using the muscles on the front of the thigh and is “stamping” on the pedals.
Tip: Being properly secured in the toe cages or using cycling shoes will help sustain power throughout the pedal stroke.
This pedalling technique maintains some pedal momentum between leg drives. However, there is still a noticeable loss of momentum – especially since at point 2 there is a larger dead spot than at point 1.
Tip: Imagine scraping mud off the ball of your foot to help extend the leg drive and improve the transitions.
This pedalling technique has a large rounded shape, which is consistent, balanced between each leg, and maintains good pedal momentum throughout. Typical shape of a strong drive and a balanced recovery.