Instead, practice coming in to corners slower than you normally would.
Slow down before the corner and let
the brakes off through the whole corner. Gradually, you will be able to
come into the corner faster and faster
while still staying off the brakes. In the
beginning, you may feel more like the
tortoise than the hare.
Don’t watch your front tire as it rolls
over obstacles; look down the trail and
plan ahead. Find lines that are as free
of obstacles as possible. Use the entire
width of the trail and plan out smooth,
A to B: Regardless of what you’ve heard, the straightest line from point A to point B is
not always the fastest. While some riders punished themselves by mashing straight
through the rough, straight line of the trail, smart riders made the section into an S-turn,
allowing them to use the brakes less and avoid most of the square-edge bumps.
Breaking point: Through flat or banked corners without much traction, learning to
control the brakes rather than skidding will keep your momentum up and get you
down the trail faster and smoother.
Work the trail: (1) Approach the
obstacle compressed in a low attack
position. ( 2) As you hit the beginning
of the transition, extend your legs and
arms by pushing the bike into the
transition. ( 3) As you travel over the
obstacle, soak your bike back up into
your body and return to your low