When you stop for food or are hanging around waiting for your mates, start playing around with the technique.
To learn this find a slight incline, the gradient helps find your balance point.
Compared to the rest of the world, UK cyclists do quite well. The biggest thing slowing you down when you cycle is wind resistance.
The fastest riders are in Holland, with men averaging 26.92kmh (16.72mph) and women 21.36 km/h (13.27mph). Many of these tips concern ways to reduce your frontal area and your drag so you slice more easily through the wind.
Dr Costas Karageorghis, a researcher in sports psychology, says this is because “music blocks out fatigue-related symptoms such as the burning lungs, the beating heart and the lactic acid in the muscles.
It can reduce our perception of effort by as much as 10 per cent.” You’ll be pedalling harder without even noticing.
Braking later will help you hold your speed for longer.
Chances are not that much but getting down lower improves your bike handling, reduces your aerodynamic drag and will help you corner and descend with confidence.
Riding on the drops lowers wind resistance by 20 per cent compared with riding on the tops.
However, the National Cycle Training Standards actually recommend trying it so that you become aware of the need to check over your shoulder at frequent intervals — something that is reduced when riders think they can hear cars.
Safety aside, there is plenty of research that shows listening to fast-paced, uplifting music reduces your perceived effort levels.