skills training

July
31

Over the last couple of years working with the Steel Mace I’ve been introduced to how important it is to be able to connect both sides of your body when pushing or pulling. Since the Steel Mace has an offset load that I’m holding with both hands, it forces me to counteract what I’m doing […]

May
24

One of the more interesting things for me as a coach to see is the over-use and misunderstanding of the coaching cue “elbows out” when it comes to good body position on the bike. Like a lot of things in the cycling world, there are a lot of myths and half-truths being used to justify it’s […]

March
20

Body position on the bike is the foundation for everything else you do on the trail. From pedaling to cornering to jumping, everything takes place on top of the foundation your body position creates. If you don’t know how to hold yourself properly on the bike it makes it a lot harder to improve your […]

March
6

This is another guest post from Jukka Maennena, a Finnish coach I’ve had on my podcast and blog before. He’s a really bright guy who is always thinking about things a little differently than most, which is why I’m always curious when he sends me a new article to check out. In this one he makes […]

February
6

Earlier this month I shared a couple of posts about what you can learn from some other sports, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and BMX Racing. If you read them then you might have noticed that one of the lessons from both of them was to focus more on improving your technical skills. In fact, if […]

December
5

Few things separate great riders from mearly good riders like the ability to carve through a corner. We’ve all had the experience of chasing that rider who we can keep in sight when things are going in a straight line but leave us in the dust once we hit a corner. Riders who can corner […]

August
12

One thing that you’ll notice when you first start mountain biking is that almost everyone has some advice for you. From equipment to trails to technique, this advice is meant to help you speed up your learning curve and provide you with some direction to help you on your path to improvement. And while a […]

July
4

There comes a time in every rider’s life when they have to decide if clipless pedals are something that they want to try. And contrary to popular belief I am completely fine with that…I have just as many riding buddies who ride clipless as flats. I’ve never said that flats are better than clipless pedals […]

June
22

A couple of weeks ago I posted the replay from my webinar on the Top 3 MTB Skills Training Myths, and while I got a lot of great feedback on it I also know that not everyone had the time to get into and see everything I talked about. One of the myths I talked […]

June
6

One of the things I love about mountain biking is the blending of fitness and skill it requires. I’ve often described mountain biking as the love child between an endurance sport like distance running and an action sport like surfing, making it a unique sport to both participate in and train for. This is one […]

April
25

Tomorrow I’m hosting another free webinar, this time going over the Top 3 Skills Training Myths. As always, I’m excited to share some great info but also nervous about doing a good job so that it makes sense. There is a lot of material to cover and I don’t want to forget anything, which is […]

September
8

I’ll admit that I wanted to hate it. When the Absolute Black oval chainring actually showed up in the mail I knew I was going to have to try it out but I sure as hell didn’t expect to keep it on my bike. I mean, everyone knows that oval chainrings suck and that the […]

January
5

You know, I’m really starting to like these guys at Global Cycling Network. This is twice now that they have unwittingly proved things I’ve been saying for years with their GCN Does Science video series. The mountain biking world is full of myths and half-truths that end up holding riders back and the lie that […]

November
24

I’ve been around long enough to see a real change in the way most riders think about Skills Training. When I first started riding mountain bikes almost 15 years ago Skills Training wasn’t something I had ever heard of, much less considered an important thing for me to do. Fast forward to the end of […]

August
20

I got this e-mail from a rider last week and it brought up a very interesting question – how do you systematically progress as a rider? It is something that I think every rider has thought about and also lets me introduce a chapter from my past I don’t talk about as much as I […]

September
27

“Training ride” is a funny term – most riders tend to sell it short and not really appreciate all of the different ways they can use them to improve as riders. The most common use of the term is to describe a ride that focuses on improving a fitness component, with “cardio” or “endurance” being […]

September
23

Manualing is one of those skills most rider’s think you are either born with or you just can’t do it. We’ve all seen the guy holding a manual forever – making the rest of us feel like chumps – but the truth is that you only need to be able to hold one for a […]

September
11

It seems that a lot of riders were pretty pumped on the 5 Movement Tips to Improve Your Cornering Technique article/ video I posted last week. I got a lot of great feedback from riders who were starting to see the importance of driving their cornering from their hips and not the bike. In my […]

May
27

So it is Memorial day here in the US, which is when we take a day off from work to kick off summer and recognize the contributions of those who have served in our military. First, let me say thanks to all of those reading this who have served or have family that served our […]

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