We need more people like this guy in this world. Did you know we have a similar program here in the US? The organization it is http://www.tripsforkids.org/ and they take troubled kids mountain biking. I have volunteered for the Denver chapter before. As a snowboard coach I learned that sport is a metaphor for life and helping people over come challenge can really help their self esteem. I didn’t realize how much can be gained in a couple of hours though. This had a profoundly positive effect on the kids. Check the website for a chapter in your area or if you have the time start one!
How to keep motivated this winter! Whether you are a weekend mountain bike rider who just rides to get out in nature for some fresh air or a determined mountain bike racer it is tough to stay motivated to stay in shape during the off-season. He tells us that victory is fleeting and if we don’t enjoy the journey on the way to achieving our goals what is the point. If we do our best everyday we will not only enjoy our lives more we will likely exceed our goals. So whether you are training for a long ride in Moab next spring or the biggest race or your life, train hard and have fun!
Check out this video of Mountain Bike World Downhill Champ Gee Atherton on his downhill bike racing World Enduro Champ David Knight down a world cup downhill track! Sick split screen action.
One of our students just emailed me this link to a study on the effects of tire pressure and energy output from the rider. While this is a study on road tires they have an interesting section on rough surfaces which applies to mountain bikes. As we explain in our camps lower pressure tires absorb shock better (the tire simply flexes instead of having to go up and over the bump (making your entire body weight go up and over the bump when seated and pedaling) giving you a smoother and more efficient ride.
Thanks to all the mountain bikers who make my life fun, challenging and rewarding. Gene,
I raced in the Palo Duro Marathon (Pain on the Plain) last Saturday – 46 miles – and employed everything you taught me: vision, cornering, descending, ascending. It was the best I’ve ever raced. JJ
So thank you for what continues to be an amazing journey. I feel very fortunate to live the life I live and to meet and work with so many interesting and inspirational people. Thank you!