Block Pass Breakdown

If you haven’t looked already, my previous post went over passing opportunities.  To recap the article, you don’t want to follow because if you are copying the guy in front of you, you are just going to stay behind him.  As far as the mental aspect, you can rev your engine and make as much noise as you can to break the concentration of your competitor, but use sparingly.  Today I really want to go over the block pass to complete the whole passing idea.  It is pretty simple concept, but requires a lot of bike control.

Below is a video of an epic battle between Chad Reed and Kevin Windham.  You can use it as a visual aid and it is a great race to watch as well.  A great example of a block pass is at 6:55.

Before you even get to the corner, you want to set up in the section prior to it.  You want to set it up so you can be on the inside of the other rider.  You can see Chad Reed is right behind and on the inside of Windham.  If you notice, Reed sets up for the corner the same time as Kevin which ensures that he can cut inside while Windham goes wide.

When the two are in the corner, they are even and Reed has complete control of where Windham goes.  One thing Reed could have done is drift out wide, but he kept to the inside which allowed Kevin to keep that 450’s momentum up.  That allowed Windham to make a pretty easy pass on the next straight.

As I said earlier, this requires a lot of control over the bike.  In the section before the corner, you want to make sure that you are squeezing the bike with your lower body and your elbows are up.  When your elbows are up in the corner, there is less of a chance of your handle bars coming together.  This is somewhat of a tricky technique, so take it slow and when you feel comfortable with it, try in a race situation.

Posted on Jul 14 2010, under Riding Techniques | No Comments »

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