Wednesday- MTB Skills with GAA Off Road Tri Squad

Good morning getting down to basics of MTB

1. Correct use of front brake

2. body position

3. Eye line

I will cover these topics in more detail at a later date with some video footage but for now a recap of today.

Brake-A lot of riders rely heavily on the rear brake maybe because you feel less likely to fly over the bars or perhaps when you see Down Hill riders slashing big rear wheel slides of berms it would have you believe every corner is 100% rear brake. Not True.

The biggest improvement in my MTB riding in recent years has been correct use of Front Brake. If I put a number on it perhaps 70/30 Front to Rear on average of course there is a slight shift here or there.

Today we worked on rolling down hill and stopping as fast as possible on both Rear only then front only then 70/30

This then led us to the 2nd point ‘Body Position’ moving around your bike is essential and takes a steady build up of confidence. In this braking drill down hill your body weight needs to be low and back, heels driving down towards the ground, arms extending forward on the bars against the gravitational forces which in turn will transfer weight onto your front wheel without having your center of Mass (body) over the front of the bike.

The last point today is eye line- We always preach ‘keep your eyes up’ and as your confidence grows so will your speed and so should your eye line.

Eye line while cornering is always an interesting challenge because you need to scan around the corner for line and terrain. Terrain could be up, down, wet, dusty, off camber etc etc. This helps you choose a speed, gear, body position.

The challenge is to scan a corner on approach while still monitoring the corner you’re in, as well as make any adjustments on your exit strategy, that should have been made on the approach scan.

Easy! See you next session.

Sessions times here http://guyandrewsadventure.com/off-road-tri-squad/

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