Skills are aren’t the only way to mountain bike better! While you need to master the non-intuitive skills of mountain biking to ride your best you also need your body to function at it’s best. Our hips generated most of our power on a bike and if they aren’t tended to properly they create most of physical problems as a rider. James Wilson linked to this article on fixing movement dysfunction in your hips and I found it rather insightful. If you want to mountain bike better and continue mountain biking throughout your life I encourage you to read the article and add the exercises to your workout/recovery/mobility routine.
When mountain biking we often overlook crucial mental skills that help us use our physical skills better and more confidently. I came up with the name, “Fully Rigid Eyes” when I realized I was looking at the trail with the same “eyes” as I did on my first mtb ride in 1989! It was 1998, nine years later and my skill and my equipment was head and shoulders better than it was in 1989 but I was looking at the trail like I did on that first ride (on a fully rigid mountain bike)!
“$100, that is way too much!” “45 minutes before the results are posted, who has time for this!” “Remember when MTB races were $35 bucks, what a rip off these days…” “$100, these guys are getting rich, I did the math …..”
First, no MTB race promoter is getting rich. Some who provide an amazing experience for their racers are doing quite well but shouldn’t they ….
Coming back from an injury, mountain bike crash or setback
I have gotten a lot of emails about this tough mental process. I think this is an area where many people struggle, certainly for me I have had a mountain bike crash or two (okay more like 10!) that effected my performance for …
This is an updated version of a mountain bike skills article I wrote in 2010. It starts off about racing but my answers will help in any “pressure situation” on trail (an unexpected gnarly rock garden, a challenging and/or exposed section of trail, etc). I had received this email from a student: …
My updated answer for anytime you are mountain biking, not just racing:
This a tough thing for many racers and as I mentioned a few times in our camp, what good are all the skills if you can’t use them when needed?