Learn from these little guys....keep your eyes peeled!Yesterday I did an article on off season training.  If you didn’t read, it is a good idea to skim over at least so you get an idea as to what this is post is going to refer to.  In summary, the off season is a chance to look back and figure out the mistakes made on and off the track.  I focused a lot on the training part, but riding technique can also be improved at this time.  Like off the bike training, you want to break down your program to the fundamentals.  For riding, this means vision.

As you get faster and faster, it is crucial you look further and further ahead.  Beginners make a bad habit of looking right in front of their fender.  Not only does this not give you a chance to set up for the following section, but your reaction time is cut down drastically because you are staring right in front of you.  It is like driving a car; if you are constantly staring at the front of your hood, you are at a greater risk for getting into a fender-bender.  You want to look ahead at the cars in front of you so you can anticipate what is coming.

Looking at least a few bike lengths ahead has always worked well for me.  This works really well for jump faces and fast sections.  If you are looking well ahead, you can make adjustments so you don’t slow yourself down or end up on the ground.  For corners, as a rider approaches the apex, looking at the end of the corner actually helps you and your bike go where you are looking.  For ruts, looking at the end while you are at the beginning of it helps you keep your balance and focus on getting through it cleanly.

One weird thing that I have noticed before is that if you stare at something (like a rock), you somewhat gravitate towards it.  That’s why it is important to notice obstacles and find a clean way through them, don’t concentrate on it.  Just get around it.  This is a very basic technique, but it is something everyone should work one.  Even the pros practice the basic stuff because that is the foundation of your riding.  Like the off season training, if you have a wide base, your riding “pyramid” can be built up higher.

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Posted on Dec 15 2009, under Riding Techniques | No Comments »

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