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I think it is beneficial to pedal hard just on the summit. Although tired from the ascent, pedaling hard for 10 seconds quickly brings one to the target speed. Then one can recover on the downhill (tucking in to reduce air drag). Failing to do that leads to spending time in very low speed, waiting for gravity to accelerate the rider, and wasting many ...


Because wind resistance is proportional to velocity squared it takes more power to go from 30 to 32 than from 15 to 17. So you get more bang from your pedal power at lower speeds. If it is a relatively short downhill and you have considerable speed you are typically better off coasting and then pedal when you get to a flat or flatter section. So you are ...

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