Video: How to Ride DH Like a Pro

Oct 1, 2015
by GMBN  

There aren't too many shortcuts when it comes to getting faster at riding downhill, but, there are some things that will benefit you more than others. In this video, World Cup winner, Marc Beaumont, shares a few of his top tips for riding downhill like a pro...


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 After watching this video, I went pro
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 LOL yessss - made my day
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 I'm waiting to hear back from USAC for my license upgrade request
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 Pretty awesome to see that gmbn made it to the front page of pink bike so quickly
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 Awesome you guys are on here now. Been following the youtube for ages. Top stuff!
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flag PhattyMatt (Oct 2, 2015 at 12:22) (Below Threshold)
 They haven't even had a YouTube channel very long... definitely not "ages"
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 merican problem.
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 I've been watching these guys on YouTube for AGES!!! Great advice and tips.
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 GMBN It's pretty gold , dont know why this is only the first pinned Video
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 Great video!
I always hear that you have to look down the trail as far as possible and I understand why, but my problem is that I can't really hit my lines when I look far ahead and don't see what I am riding at the moment! Frown
  • 6 0
 Yeah I agree man. I try and look miles ahead, then end up putting my front wheel in silly places, like in ruts or holes. So I look where my front wheel is going and end up slowing right down. Its something I need to work out.
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 When he says look ahead. It doesn’t mean look 3 or 4 corners down the track - obviously you won't be able to hit your lines. What you don’t want to do is always watch the front of the bike because you will approach obstacles unexpectedly. Try and always look 15/20 ft ahead roughly I’d say as it's easier to prepare and position yourself.
  • 10 1
 I find alternating where I'm looking works well. Check what's up ahead, then deal with the tech in front of you whilst knowing what's coming, then check ahead, etc etc
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 I've found that a big part of the look ahead tip is being really comfortable on the terrain that you are riding. That way you can let your peripherals take care of the terrain you are currently riding over and be looking ahead and processing what is to come. It's definitely not easy but what he says about processing what is ahead definitely helps you go a lot faster. When it comes down to it I think it really just means riding a lot so you get to the point where you know that whatever is underneath of you is manageable and you're able to pick out the lines ahead that are faster and that you are comfortable with. Keep at it and I'm sure you'll see a huge difference over time.
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 @jagertom has it. Still being an older noob at downhill, it's a skill in any riding (dh, trail, motorcycle, car) that I have to constantly work at. I'm not wired to "see the line" and make my conveyance flow it, so I'm constantly looking at as many dots as I can and trying to connect the ones that make the most sense. Oh, and learning the jump/pump stuff. And getting fit.

I will be turning pro in my next lifetime. No idea in what, but I'll be pro at something.
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 I'm pro at pinkbike Looks like a session. 26folife, fuck boost, pedalings for losers. Pun pun pun. I expect my sponsorship contracts in the post...
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 I find as you look down trail, your peripheral can still see what you're just about to hit (which you spotted earlier looking down trail...) and as you get faster your vision starts to drop closer to your front tire, which slows you down,which then lets you look further down the trail, rinse & repeat. As you practice and get better/faster the whole process repeats at higher speeds, plus you combine it with improved line choice, corner entry/exit, riding position etc. It's all pretty intuitive but having a pro/coach point out the key concepts (and what you're doing wrong) definitely helps. If you hit a bike park take half a day and get some coaching - it definitely improves your riding!
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 One of the keys to looking down the trail he didn't mention is that you have to focus on where you want to go. Your bike will naturally follow your eyes. If you focus on the obstacles, you will run right into them guaranteed. This is harder than it sounds. It's naturally to stare right at the rock, root, or rut we don't want to hit. Instead, you have to focus on the nice line next to or just past that rock, root, or rut. If you're looking ahead and you're focused on the line you want your bike to follow, you will have already seen everything you're bike is rolling over. You should never be looking at your front wheel on any decent of significant speed.
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 Can't agree enough with the guys that say coaching, practice, focusing where you want to go, repeating, experience, trail time etc. I get a days coaching now and again and look at all the coaching vids and go out and practice. There are days I go out when it's mostly practice, whether that's on a specific technique to say increase my cornering speed on flowing trails or whether that's staying loose and off the brakes on steep rough stuff. I notice that now I practice more, my riding gets noticeably better / quicker. Once you get confident that you and the bike can handle the terrain you're riding you get more confident, looser, look further down the trail, look at your lines rather than what you're trying to avoid etc. Natural progression, practice makes perfect etc. I hit 50 this year, but still see myself getting better, quicker, use less energy, hit harder trails etc every year.
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 This is key. The one thing I always have to tell myself in race runs, even after riding for 15+ years is to look as far ahead as possible. The problem I have, is that the distance you look ahead tends to be dependent on your speed. If you're mostly riding your local trails, you get conditioned to look ahead the distance that suits that speed. If its XC flowy stuff, that's how far your body gets trained to look ahead as a default, make sense? Enduro and DH race runs are at such a higher speed than most riders normally do on a daily basis, that you really have to consciously remind yourself to adapt to that speed and look further than normal. At least, that's my experience.
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 You might be pro, but @WakiDesigns is first ballot hall of fame for sure. That dude is pinkbike gold.
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 Yes I am working my way into MTB whore of fame
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 Looking ahead is about quickly processing what you see and trusting yourself and it takes a ton of practice to dial it in, I learned an exercise from a street moto clinic where you look at an object roughly 10 feet away, blindfold yourself and then walk and try to stop right in front of it and bend down and pick it up. Take what I say with a grain of salt tho cause Im still slow as dirt
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 Anybody remembering Peaty having Smith stickers glued to the bottom part of the lens of his goggles?
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 I have been following them since the beginning. it's really cool to see they're on pinkbike!
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 When in doubt...tuck it
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 LOL, don't google for tucking if you don't know what it means Big Grin
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 ..huck it
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 Bit disappointing that it wasn't a parody like 'how to be a mountain biker'
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 yes we can!
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 A full face helmet wouldn't hurt either right?
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 Depends how hard you throw it at your opponent
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 /\ haha best comment ever
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 whats up with donny? why is he on a canyon bike? is he not riding for santa cruz any longer? great video! marc is a beast.
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 What about braking skills?
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 Paking - If you go to GMBN channel on you tube they have a hold load of How to..... one of them is how to brake like a pro. Very good instructional videos for most skills.
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 GMBN is a great Youtube channel, everyone should check out their library of vids.
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 HAHHAHA this ish is hilarious.
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 They missed one thing... Always have a bike that costs more then your car!
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 best mtb channel evah
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 Elbows Up!!1

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