Rider Q&A: 3 Step Blueprint to Getting Faster

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  1. Chris Cowan says:

    I think for the Gravity crowd the idea of slowing down or riding easier trails to work on a bike skill is a tough pill to swallow, it’s not macho to go easy. I take a lot of flack for doing skills drills twice a week at the local park instead of just getting out and “Riding the Gnar”. But what most people don’t understand is I get more out of those 1 hour sessions of practicing a skill over and over then I do getting beat up on the trail.

    The analogy I use all the time is Daniel Larusso didn’t learn to block by getting punched in the face by Mr Miyagi. He mastered the movement of wax on wax off and paint the fence. Once he had those movements down he applied them to his defense. If you can’t do a perfect turn in a parking lot or master a downhill switch back on a grassy hill, you’re not going to magically be able to do it on the trail.

    Reply • May 25 at 10:01 am
  2. Mark says:

    Hi James,

    Thanks for replying to my question so quickly and with such a thorough answer, I’ve got lots to think about now. I found your comments about ‘the dip’ particularly interesting. As a concept it’s not something that I was aware of or how even professional athletes can suffer from it. I definitely find that it’s tempting to just try and hit out quick runs, rather than take a step back and focus on technique, which, if I’m honest, isn’t quite as much fun! I’m defintely going to make the effort to work on form and technique now. I’m also on a mission to easily touch my toes, I think my flexibility isn’t where it needs to be, but it’s something else to work on.



    Reply • May 25 at 12:06 pm
    • bikejames says:

      Seth Godin has a great book called The Dip that looks at the concept and how to push through it, check it out if you want to learn more about it. Glad the answer helped…

      Reply • May 29 at 8:14 am
  3. M. Griffin says:

    a video of good riding body position and bad would be great.

    Reply • May 26 at 8:01 pm
  4. Mike says:

    Yeah a vid of god riding position for trail riding would be awesome

    Reply • May 26 at 10:24 pm
  5. Lisa says:

    Practicing individual skills at a slower pace is important. I agree with Chris that its hard to drop the macho and work on the basics and the skills rather than just plow down a hill and crash trying to get it right. As a pro equestrienne in my former life, even the top riders would work slow and steady on “wax on and wax off” during the week. We would work on one aspect and work until it was right, then another a different day, then put it together at the event. There is too much to work on at once when you are under pressure and barreling down a hill full speed, If a tree is coming its not the time to think ” where are my hips?” You wont look cool in a cast, but you will look cool flicking down the trails and beating your buddy since you were the one doing the “wax on wax off” during the week.

    Reply • December 22 at 8:24 am

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