Tumbling drills to save your a**

We’re all going to crash – it is just a fact of life for mountain bikers. Practicing basic tumbling drills is something I  recommended for mountain bikers to help them understand how to crash better.

Getting good at these basic drills will save your a** some day. It can be the difference between walking away from a crash and lying there in a bloody, whimpering heap. Trust me on this one, I’ve had these drills save me more than once!

-James Wilson-

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  1. Anne says:

    Where do you recommend getting a tumbling matt from?

    Reply • August 31 at 1:16 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Have to plead ignorance on that one, I got mine at a garage sale. Might try checking with a local gymnastics school, they might have an old one they can sell or check on

      Reply • August 31 at 3:40 pm
    • Leonard says:

      I think a yoga mat should do…

      Reply • August 18 at 5:41 pm
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    Reply • September 11 at 6:31 am
  3. Emerson Ferreira Nogueira says:

    thank you

    Reply • June 25 at 6:27 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      You’re welcome, hope this helps!

      Reply • June 25 at 10:22 pm
  4. Gert Muller says:

    What do you think about using your arms to break a fall?
    I say not recommended, keep on pedaling

    Reply • June 25 at 6:37 am
  5. steve says:

    I’ve been teaching tumbling in my mtb classes since 2009. Hugely important. I don’t know why it’s so rarely mentuoned. You’re the first person I’ve heard talk about it besides myself. Odd priorities when you think about it.

    Reply • June 25 at 9:54 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Great to hear that you’re talking about this too. It is an often overlooked skill…

      Reply • June 25 at 10:23 pm
  6. sean says:

    why do my friends look at me like im some kind of nut when I preach Judo and tumbling training. mtb riders should learn to fall. lets just call it risk management.

    Reply • June 25 at 2:46 pm
  7. Thomas Wilson says:

    My 12 years of Judo training when I was young has really paid off with my MTB riding. One day last year I crashed a couple of times, leaving the entire left side of my body from waist to shoulder one big bruise. I did hit my shoulder on one of the crashes, yet I never broke anything. My helmet’s foam was cracked in three places, so the helmet had to be tossed. Judo teaches you how to fall softly, or relaxed, not stiff, and that’s the difference between relatively minor and serious injuries. I highly recommend Judo training, even if you have no intention of pursuing it far, because falling and landing (after being thrown) are the first things beginners are taught.

    Reply • June 25 at 6:54 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Sounds like a great compliment and something that would benefit riders. I’ve enjoyed BJJ and how I can take things that I’ve learned from another sport to improve my riding.

      Reply • June 25 at 10:25 pm

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