YT’S BRETT TIPPIE
Make sure your brakes are working well and
adjusted the way you like them!
Scout your in-run and out-run, and know
the slipperiness factor of the slope before you
ride it. It’s nice to know ahead of time if it’s
wet, mossy, dusty, loose, etc.
Believe in yourself. Be brave and relaxed,
and commit. Enter the line with your seat lowered and standing on your bike with the pedals and cranks flat at the right speed. If you
need to start slow, start slow (not so slow that
you lose your balance, though), but be mentally prepared to ride it out fast if need be.
Look ahead, exactly where you want to go,
and keep breathing!
I like my index finger on each brake lever.
Transfer from the ready position to the
attack position with legs and arms bent so
that you get your weight low—and keep your
elbows out so you look cool, just in case MBA
is shooting you! It’s also sometimes very helpful to keep your knees wide and cowboy-style
so that the bike can float around freely
As you hit the steepest part (if it’s steep
enough), you might want to shift your weight
back, or stay centered and thrust the bike forward a bit. The main thing is to get low.
Keep your wheels rolling! You don’t want
to lock up your tires, because you have more
control with a rolling tire.
Apply enough brake to slow you down, but
If one or both of your tires do start to skid,
slightly release enough pressure on the corresponding brake to let that wheel and tire keep
rolling, especially the front wheel!
If your back tire starts to swap out or fishtail
to one side, steer your bars slightly in that
If it’s bumpy or chunky enough that it starts
to mentally freak you out, imagine riding the
same terrain tilted flat. It makes it easier to
imagine how you’d just monster-truck over it,
then do it on the angle you’re actually riding.
As you exit the steepest bit of the line and
hit the transition or out-run and it flattens
out, center your weight on the bike. You must
make sure your weight is not so far back that
you loop out and/or drag your butt on the rear
tire—and not so far forward that you G-force
out and get driven into the stem, causing an
Ride out the line and keep ripping, or stop
and accept high fives from your friends!
In a nutshell, dial in your gear, practice on
easier pitches until you’re ready, inspect
your chosen route, visualize, trust yourself,
focus, commit, look ahead, execute, and
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