Rough Jump Faces

For the most part, a rough track doesn’t bother me.  In fact, it makes riding better because it challenges you at a higher level.  Sure, that sounds pretty corny, but it is true.  As you ride more and more on rough tracks, you start to get into a flow that just keeps you going.  However, the only downside, for me anyway, is rough jump faces.  Give me fast rollers, destroyed turns and braking bumps, but chewed up jumps make my skin crawl.  However, just like the rest of the track, if you keep the fundamentals in mind, you should be fine.

First of all, body position is pretty important.  Normally, I like to keep a pretty neutral position over the seat.  The attack position is a sure way to get over an obstacle cleanly and jump faces are no different.  As the track gets rougher and rougher, you need to put more emphasis on squeezing the bike with your legs.  You are probably pretty sick of hearing that, but it helps a ton.  If you hit something that throws your tire out, you will be in more control of the bike’s rear end.

Another aspect is power.  When the track is smooth, you can get away with letting off on the face of a jump.  But, when that same face gets chewed up, letting off the gas is bad.  When there is no drive from the rear wheel, the bike has a tendency (especially four strokes) to throw all the weight forward.  If you hit a kicker or a rock, you could be on the ground before you know what happened.  Keeping the bike in the right gear helps tremendously as well.  I always like to hit rough faces with a smooth, hearty dose of throttle.  Cracking the gas open just spins the rear wheel and chews up the face even more.  However, when you put the power to the ground effectively and tract through everything, you prevent the rear wheel from any kind of hopping or something going wrong.

Trusting your ability and remembering the fundamentals are the best ways to get through anything.  As with most rough tracks, hitting the sides or any line other than the main helps keep you away from the hole, bumps and kickers.  Keeping the power to the ground is important takes a little bit to get used to, especially in wet conditions.  But like I said, keep yourself in the attack position and squeezing the bike will keep you on two wheels and ahead of everyone else.


Posted on Apr 07 2010, under Riding Techniques | 2 Comments »


2 Responses to “Rough Jump Faces”

  1. great im going to thundercross today im going to need this a lot.

  2. How was thundercross? I miss that place so much

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