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Old 02-25-21, 01:39 PM
Tom L
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
It helps engage the glutes and also happens naturally when your legs are very tired / fatigued (instinct to relax the tired calves, the toes starts pointing up). It's not necessarily more efficient, just the body switching to different muscle groups to help save tired muscle groups from injury.

I've read that tour riders probably from Steve Hogg or another pro fitting article lower their saddle height as the tour progresses as they start pointing their heels down (toes up) from fatigue.

You'll notice Marco have down pointing toes pedaling style in his popular Giro video with chain dropping incident. His legs are probably fresh in that video compared to his race with Lance

Absolutely. Using your glutes in a greater degree during the power stroke will more strain on the core muscles.

I found that if the core muscles starts to hurt, simply disengage your glutes and hamstring from the pedal stroke and concentrate only using quads and calves (sitted) and your core muscles will recover.

A predominant quad and calf "driver" will seldom hurt their core even if their core is not very strong. Using the glutes+core with the quads and/or calves will allow you to push down on the pedals with a force higher than your own weight. Quite advantageous in some disciplines like track sprinting.
I tried to do that once for a while pointing the toes down and pulling thru, while I am just an amateur when it comes to riding , the thing I noticed that is that pedal stroke pulls you into the front of your saddle so bad that I couldn't get comfortable with any position. gave it an honest 6 months to try to get it to work
then it took a long time to get out of the habit and get comfortable in the saddle again.
don't know how those guys could do that at that level of out put
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