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!
Just wrapped up my Ellijay, GA camp held at Mulberry Gap (.com) and still can’t get over the size and beauty of the mountains way down South! Mulberry Gap is a great place to stay, start or finish your ride in the heart of North Georgia mountain biking. Less than a mile from the Pinhoti Trail and very close to many other great mountain bike trails it is a true ride in/ride out destination. A fun place to stay, eat, ride and meet other passionate mountain bikers from all over.