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*by which I mean just buy one of everything that he uses!
for going fast, it too takes time, gradually build speed at a comfortable rate, per run.
sorry if thats all incorrect, just throwing my ideas out there
If you want to train your body for Downhill or Enduro you should go into the gym. A downhill run is between 2 - 5 Minutes so you have to train you endurance for this short amount of time. Cardio training should help you with an very intense level.
But if you are very interested to get even stronger, getting more endurance and so on, look for some bodybuilding forum and read the locked posts - they mostly help.
I also want to know how to drift on corners. More riding tips are also appreciated.
drifting youve just got to lay it over and let it slide, dont brake because then youre just skidding haha but its just a matter of working out where your tyres lose grip and when to pull it back
Also your bike may be to stiff and not set up right for your weight if not then look at the tech Tuesdays on suspension and that should help you become more stable
www.pinkbike.com/news/how-to-ride-better-zep-mountain-bike-camps-2010.html Link for position Video
I totally agree with whitetux, that dropping the outside crank makes me feel a lot better through tighter corners and generally whenever I'm pitching the bike over to one side - it distributes your weight better through the bike, adding pressure to the gripping edge of the tires and helps you not to ground the pedal if you're really leaning into it!
I think too many people say you should just lean back on a DH bike, it's not that simple. I agree with the unweighting of the bike so that it makes as little contact with rough sections as possible - e.g. skipping over the top of a rock garden, only hitting the top edges of the rocks and letting the wheels get down between the rocks. Keeping your arms and legs soft is the real trick during rough stuff let the bike move around underneath you but try to keep your weight nice and "still". The momentum of your body weight should keep the bike moving in the direction you want it to!
Also, that looks a lot like crank up crank down to me... especially the second link.
And to correct your other sentence: You've been riding BADLY for than I've been alive.
Oh and a picture of the MOST SUCCESSFUL dh rider of all time to prove my point:
but let me guess you know better than him to!
whitetux, no doubt, if you have your inside pedal down you're looking for trouble but that's not what is being asked by i-ride. he's asking about small adjustments to help in stability and speed and as i have ridden fairly fast for over 25 years i have tried a few things to go faster and foot and pedal placement for the last 5 years has been the greatest advantage.
spoonyman, your example is a little arbitrary for this conversation as peaty goes fast because he pedals almost always and he certainly would be pedaling in that gentle corner, so i dunno about how your example relates to this ... and no i'm not a bad rider, i'm a pretty damn good rider actually, or so i've been told.
kids, having a way and an opinion may keep you on the path, however, you can try new things that may help as well. maybe just try suggestions and then blast me/them if you find otherwise. i can throw a ball with both arms, write with both hands, footy with both feet, and table top both sides and this is really only feels right and looks decent by switching stance as well (can't wait to get comments back on this one ...). peace.
the only thing i need most is GUT!
about 12 seconds in. I could find numerous other examples from Roam/Seasons etc if you still think you know better than Peaty! Not that we can tell properly without a video, but it doesn't look like he's pedalling in that photo - look at the way his body and knees are twisted - pedalling in that position would seriously f**k you legs up! And if he's coming round there at 30+ mph he's probably not pedalling as pedalling reduces stability and grip if you're nailing it round a flat corner!
I would also like to point out the scientific reasons behind dropping your outside foot:
- Lower centre of gravity = more stability
- More pressure on the biting edge of the tire = more grip, more grip = more stability
I'm sure Mr Sharples could clear this up for us
I run the same tire front and back. slightly more pressure in the back and I ride a single pivot bike
idk what factors matter but I feel like my front wheel will slide out if I go any faster. I could tap the brakes but that takes some of the fun out and ruins most berms
I'd like some advice on how much to practice a track over a race weekend. I practice too much and get worn out before I race, but at the same time I want to know the track very well. Do you have a routine that you recommend following during a race weekend? Ie. course walk, a few easier runs on day 1, one fast practice run at race pace on race day? I feel that if I had a routine instead of blindly doing 700 runs throughout the weekend that I'd be better off...
* The night before a race, what kind of nutrition would you recommend? Brown Rice, broccoli, tofu a good start?
An example would be going through a stair stepping section with roots: the rider is descending rapidly, with a lot of physical action going on, the front wheel may miss one of the holes and drop further than expected. How can the rider prepare for a riding situation such as this?
I think Danny Hart is the epitome of this example: www.sicklines.com/tv/finally-2-trailer-dirttv see 1:26. How can one prepare for this kind of reaction?
And that is an amazing video!
my current flaw/problem at the moment is I cant seem to carry alot of speed through tight slower corners, do I have to work on line choice or is it just trusting the corner/tires and moving the bike through the corner?
I live in the Netherlands, the worlds flattest country. So i don't have an DH track near me.In the off season most of my training consist of spending time in the gym. In summertime I ride a lot of DH tracks in Belgium and Germany. But what excersizes help me improve my riding skills/fatigue with out getting "slow"? When I ride, my forearms really sufer from arm pump.
Hope you have an answer.
How do you learn to look forwards and also turn your head through corners? Everytime I go ride, I find that I'm not looking ahead far enough to react to upcoming things. And I cannot, absolutely cannot turn my head through a corner. These things really hurt in a race run.
I know this seems weird but if its a sharp turn to the left, then i can use my left leg perfectly to steady my self on the ground and 'pivot' the bike around (if need be). When it come to using my right leg on a right hand corner, i cant seem to put any pressure on it so at the moment i end up dilly dallying around right hand berms/corners because my feet just dont feel natural.
Best way to describe it is trying to kick a football with the other foot, or trying to write with the other hand, it just feels plain WRONG!
So, how can i get around this? By doing everything else in life with the opposite foot/hand?! or just practice, practice and practice on those tight right hand bends!?
For reference visit www.leelikesbikes.com and www.betterride.net
Lee McCormack and Gene Hamilton are great teachers.
But really, what's a broken limb or neck when compared to looking good in the lift line? It's time our sport outlawed armour and helmets so that we can look more like dreamy surfers.
1. I am getting the propper sag but my suspension is to soft.
2. The travel is as stiff as I want it, but not enough sag.
Last season my son and I raced .
one thing that stands out is the race run verses the practice runs. it seams sometimes we forget to breath during the race run.
halfway down the run I am gasping for air. we always try to put together a few top to bottoms before race day, but there never
100 % more like 80 % . how do you prepare yourself for a race that allows you to relax enough to finish strong?
What foods/fluids and supplements do you recommend DH/FR and all-mountian riders eat while in training for pre and post recovery training workouts and rides and what foods/fluids and supplements and do recommend prior to race time? When should riders start cutting back on training and riding as race day approches and start focusing on just resting? What do you recommend or tell your riders to do to stay relax before a race? Is there any mental excersise riders can do to help them focus and prepare for a race?
I ride good enough and I have alot of fun doing it. when riding with friends I have feel great and sometimes show off and actually ride better than if I was alone. Now when it comes to racing. I can train my ass off on a course, be fast as shit, and the day before race day I will be so nervous that a can barely hold the bars. Race day I usually make some stupid mistake because I cant focus. My race run seems numb in my mind and I am not "flowing". I may still be fast but it usually the small mistake costs enough time to make my time mediocre.
When I used to race alot in 02ish I struggled with this, but some good finishes brought me confidence. Now with sporadic racing it is a P in the A every time. its like I am a rookie. WTF.
How can I train my brain???
Any tips for keeping my body central when jumping?
Go onto youtube and look at trampolinists or aerial skiers, you will see they do not start the rotation until AFTER they leave the trampoline/lip (that's what all the arm waving that the aerialist do at the top of the ramp is for - they are practicing the moves that rotate their body). This means they will land exactly where they would have if they didn't do a trick at all. This is what you need to achieve - start the rotation AFTER you leave the lip and you will not land on the ramp.
Ask any wakeboard coach - an hour on the trampoline is worth four days in the water when it comes to learning tricks.
I won't tell you how to acheive rotation because if you are serious, you'll go to a class. The classes cost a lot less than medical bills after breaking your neck.
Thanks George D
Hereby, my question is: How your body and it's physical shape affect your performance in Downhill races?
What is the good compromise between wearing too much protective gear (but having much confidence) and wearing not enough (and beiing lighter, faster) on a "classic DH track" ? ( full body armor, leatt, back protector, nothing but knee pads... )
I'm just a bit stumped where to go from here, I don't feel as confident as I did a while ago, and am now more tentative when riding which isn't too good because it means I'm slowing down a bit. Any advice?
Special supporting and developing programmes on governmental levels, economic development of the country, physiographical features, traditions, genetic specificity, level of specific sport developing, ambitions etc or trivially money and you being invited as a National Coach?
It tends to dry up and i`d have difficulty breathing.
yeah, been doing a lot of this lately. thanks for the advice though
Any Help would be great,
..what did you do to keep the riders in top shape and going fast?
and how do i get the ultimate roost in a corner?, as i seen aaron gwin do it and it seems awesome to try.
PS Stereotypically its red due to Intense marketing and being first colour of electromagnetic spectrum. but what's your opinion?
For instance... my left foot feels like it wants to be futher out than my right foot on the pedals..
Any help for this??
Thanks in advance.
How do i stay focused and training and go out and ride instead of stay in when its raining heavily outside?
edit: oh shit, thought you said crank!! haaha yes you can.
Can you agree with a national Russian saying that breaks were invented by cowards?
maybe i'm coming to australia to study,
where is there some good trails to ride? and bikeparks? i'll be prolly at brisbane..... and where can i find some used bikes? what's the average price of a...... scott gambler for example? thanks!!1
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