Well it seems like summer is here; July long weekend come and gone and it looks to be shaping up to a nice week here at COP! Yes, the trail crew, yet again are hard at work. I will be joining them again on Friday to lend a hand and see if we can trim some fluff off Haircut Rabbit. Yup, you heard right – we’re making some adjustments to Haircut Rabbit. We’ll be introducing a new entrance to include a nice step up hip to a railed berm, then to step down jump and back into the existing line. It should be a tonne of fun once complete! This will provide a flowy entrance with much less of a Lance Armstrong pedal sprint to get up to the necessary trail speed. Look for other trail changes along the haircut trail section too!
Not much else to say about hard pack, fast, flowy trails and dandy weather so… I figured I’d give you something to focus on while riding this week. I just completed my level 2 professional Mountain Bike Instructor certification along with two fellow COP coaches/ instructors, Rhys and Foster! Great guys and amazing instructors you can a lot from these COP Shredders. So act fast and sign up for a lesson while you still can! Anyone can ride a bike, But to really ride a bike it takes many years of practice honing, refining and mastering your own bio-mechanical movements. So that leads me into what you should think about while riding this week.
BODY POSITION is the 1st and most fundamental skill when shredding. Having good body position allows you to be stable and centered thus provide good even traction to both your front and rear wheel. So… you’re wondering, “HOW DO I DO THIS?” Well, a few key points to keep in mind while riding COP trails this week are as follows:
1) Stay calm and relaxed
2) Keep your chin over your stem
3) Ensure your hips are over your feet - in other words - hips centered between your feet with your pedals flat.
4) Keep your elbows out.
5) Open your knees a bit, don’t hug your bike frame with your knees. Leave that for the road bikers!
6) Watch a video of Sam Hill or Aaron Gwin riding and take note of their body position and these key points!
7) Take a lesson! It will help to really consolidate these points and you will be given feedback on what you need to adjust and improve upon!
Cheers and have a fun and safe week of riding!
Your fellow shredder,
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