While teaching yesterday, I noticed a student standing up tall with her hands perched on the handlebars when on a climb. She was new to my class and sitting in the back.
The class was seven sets of hill repeats. We were out of the saddle on each repeat for anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes. The first time I saw her stand up tall, her fingertips were perched on the handlebars. Uh oh, I thought, she’s been the victim of a bad instructor who taught that “drying the nail polish” move . . .
So I said into the mic, not directed right at her, but to everyone, “Make sure your hands are on the sides of the handlebars, either on the bar ends or near them. Also make sure your hands are well connected to the bars, not perched on fingertips.”
She moved her hands to the sides. Good, she listened.