If you happen to be a fan of the Tour De France, (and who isn’t), and you happened to see yesterday’s stage on Mount Ventoux where leader Chris Froome broke away from the bunch two thirds of the way up the mountain, then you may have been stunned to see how fast he was pedalling.
I doubt it’s possible to pedal much faster than he was pedalling. And pedalling like this he won the stage and is leading the Tour.
It might surprise you to learn that the better a cyclist gets the more he or she learns the benefits of pedalling fast, or what is technically called a high cadence.
Cadence refers to the speed at which you spin the pedals around. If you’re on a lower gear your legs are spinning fast, and if you’re in a higher gear your legs are spinning much lower, but you’re pushing harder.
This is cadence.
Beginners tend to push a bigger gear, slowly. Pros tend to push a smaller gear, fast. That’s what Froome was doing, and there is no doubt about his ability as a pro.
So if you’re interested in learning a little more about cadence and about pedalling efficiently then here’s a great article telling you how to pedal faster and better.
After all, who doesn’t want to cycle better?