All the way from France, Will Burgat working on cornering with Gene the day after his camp in Bootleg Canyon. Check out Will’s eyes in the first corner, he is looking through to the next corner, the toughest and most important skill in cornering. His body position, especially the elbows up and out and hip twist are also very good. He is a little upright but those are some strong corners!
More great cornering from Will. He is still riding a little upright but again, great vision and body position.
My strength coach James Wilson has given me a great article to help you achieve better body position!
Touch the Wall Deadlifts for Better Body Position
Everything starts with good, balanced body position. Good balanced body position on your bike comes from being able to “hinge” at your hips and not your lower back. Being able to do this movement effectively will make a dramatic impact on everything you do on the bike.
The Touch the Wall Deadlifts have quickly become one of my favorite exercises in the facility. It is the best way I’ve found to teach the all important hip hinge movement pattern. Here are the progressions for this exercise, plus what you want to be learning at each stage of the progression. Don’t be afraid to replace your swings and/ or deadlifts with these if you feel you struggle doing them right.
You can download the Coaching Cue Handout for this exercise by right clicking on the link below and selecting Save as…
Congratulations to BetterRide coach and athlete Jackie Harmony on her Pan American title! Making this more impressive, she was on a new bike and suspension (Canfield Jedi and Marzocchi 888 fork) that was assembled just in time to make her flight! So she had to get used to and dial in a new bike and fork in practice, not a lot of time.
BetterRider Mitch Ropelato finished just off the podium in 4th for the highest placing US male in the downhill competition.
Other BetterRiders including Jackie’s husband Dante finished in 63rd place, Michael Buell was 30th and Heiki Hall was 44th.
Feels great to see students I coach doing well all over the world. Keep up the good work!
Two articles about the race:
- Billy on How Foot Placement Affects Mountain Bike Handling and Cornering. (part 3)
- Gene on Mountain Bike Handlebar Height and Body Position
- Mike Gleason on How Foot Placement Affects Mountain Bike Handling and Cornering. (part 3)
- Andy Huber on How Foot Placement Affects Mountain Bike Handling and Cornering. (part 3)
- Alex on Mountain Bike Cornering Foot Position Part 1
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