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?
There has been an amazing amount written about MTB skills and our students are always asking me to write a book on mtb skills. My book is in the works but it is taking a lot of time because I want the book to actually help you become better, not fill your head with knowledge. Knowledge is worthless if you can’t put that knowledge into action on your bike!
Most mountain bikers know that they get stronger through cycles of physical stress and recovery. A 100 mile ride wears you down, good nutrition and good sleep after that ride helps you recover and grow stronger. What I never realized (until I read “The New Toughness Training For Sports” years ago) is that ….
Short, entertaining video of the Dude mountain biking in Sedona The -Dude- rides – Sedona from Gene Hamilton on Vimeo.
Interesting braking and mtb cornering question asked by one of our students:
“Just a quick follow up question. I have been having a problem getting out of position before cornering, primarily caused by hard braking …
The problem stems from getting back while we brake, getting low is good but we need to stay more centered so when we release the brakes and the bike accelerates we are centered and ready to attack the corner. I was taught the old school, “get way back while you brake” which does ….