Last weekend I went out to the 18 Road Trail near Fruita with my dog and another riding buddy to get some laps in on Pumps, Berms and Rollers (PBR) before it gets ransacked by the summer heat. It had recently been reworked and buffed out and we were looking forward to some fun, fast runs.
I finally remembered my GoPro (I’m so bad about forgetting to bring it on rides) and got a good video of me following my buddy Jeff, a.k.a. Uncle Steeze, and my trusty trail mutt Aka.
I call Jeff Uncle Steeze because he’s 40 something years old (one of the only guys older than me) and has more style then most kids half his age. You’ll see him pulling a Huck Wizard on some of the bumps on the trail, catching air and whipping it out to flat for no reason.
So if you’re looking for a quick distraction to help get you through your Wednesday then check out the video, PBR is a super fun trail and if you are ever in the area you should definitely check it out.
You’ll see in the video that the ability to keep your speed through corners and rollers is really important on this trail. In fact, if you do it right you can avoid pedaling on most of the trail simply by being able to carry your momentum. A buddy of mine used to call it “free speed” because you didn’t have to work for it, you just had to let it flow. It is a prime example of how there is a lot more to going fast on the trail than just being able to pedal hard.
Pedaling is obviously important and riding your bike is super fun but if you want to really take you riding to the next level then you have to do more. Use a smart training program like The Ultimate MTB Workout Program that addresses everything you need to be a better mountain biker and you’ll be able to tap into that “free speed” as well.
And, as always whenever I have a post about my trail mutt, please post any stories about or videos with your trail mutt you want to share, I’d love to see them.
Until next time…
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