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How to ride downhill on a bicycle

Gretchen Reynolds 

As she prepared for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, the United States triathlete Gwen Jorgensen knew that she faced one particularly daunting liability. "I was afraid of going fast on a bicycle," she says, "and I really did not like descending." An accomplished runner and swimmer in college, Jorgensen had little experience with cycling before she became a triathlete in 2010. So Red Bull, one of her sponsors, asked several longtime bike racers to work with Ms. Jorgensen on descending. Over the course of three intense days in California, these two-wheel tutors radically ...

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First Published: Sat, September 03 2016. 00:15 IST