Video: Enduro Racing Skills Drills With Miller, Gauvin & Melamed

May 1, 2021
by Miranda Miller  

This week MGM Alternative drops in on some Skills n’ Drills! Over the past few years we’ve had the time and opportunity to push ourselves physically; training harder, racing more and going bigger than before. Each season our sponsors have provided us with gear more advanced than the model before. It is safe to say that we spend each day with a small amount of pressure and desire to be better than before. This can be stressful, especially at the pointy end when your progression is harder to measure and even harder to feel. It’s good for us to take a break from pushing and to focus on the fundamentals again which allows us to practice without pushing.

Mountain biking can be a hard sport to practice because of the amount of variables there are in a single trail, as well as the effort it takes to do repeating laps. Our hope is that this video can serve as a reminder to all the riders that are looking to improve; that we should all take the time to go back to the basics and work on technique.

We found it was important through-out this session to have video and peer feedback. Often we can understand what we were being told but without actually seeing ourselves do it, it is hard to make a change. Practicing and critiquing your technique doesn’t mean that you’re going to be able to directly translate it into your riding, but it’s important to be mindful and aware of your habits to slowly work on them. Habits aren’t broken easily and many things come down to personal style, but we should never forget the importance of having an open mind and the willingness to slow down and try!

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Remi explains to Jesse and Miranda how he was perfect, but they have many things to work on.

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49 Comments

  • 21 0
 It started to my favourite series. They are great people and it fun and great to watch.
  • 13 0
 Thanks! Stoked you're stoked!
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: Totally I am. It is so relaxed atmosphere but still concrete training and you can have a lot from it. I remember myself when training skiing. I thought I was good till I saw myself on the record. Auch, at first but then concrete training started as I knew what to do.
All the best for you !!! You are all such a great athletes and very, very nice person. Examples to follow Smile
  • 3 0
 @patryka: Totally! Like Miranda said, it's important to be able to see what you are doing wrong when someone tells you.
  • 2 0
 "I'm so good that I'm slow" is my new mantra.
  • 8 0
 Guys, my dirt roads are pretty sweet indeed ! So why don't all the three of you come to my place, so we'll hang out around some cones ?
  • 3 0
 We'll be there in July!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Cool, I'll have some fresh beers !
  • 3 0
 I love cones and dirt roads
  • 1 0
 @remrem: Pas difficile le gars !
  • 5 0
 Such good learning to be had here and fun to watch. These 3 have great chemistry and are able to make something like cone practice on dirt road still super fun. Keep the videos coming! I'd love to see these 3 break downthe simple but masterful skill of braking; in a super "safe space" environment like a gravelly road, with terrain progression and fine-tune timing.
  • 2 0
 We may have something like that coming...
  • 2 0
 @dhgirly you might be onto something here!
  • 1 0
 @remrem: Thanks guys! This is great!
  • 8 0
 These videos are gold!
  • 3 0
 Thanks!
  • 4 0
 This is cool, even they're top of there game and still admit that they still have to learn some stuff. Love watching this three.
  • 3 0
 Glad you enjoy it!
  • 3 1
 Excellent! @jessemelamed

Next drill for you 3. Same location, same conditions and same setup.

Try pedal level. More speed from the top so you don’t have to pedal (or set your first few cones further downhill). Try with your strong foot forward first. Repeat. Then try with your goofy (not your normal stance). Try to keep away from having pedals close to the 12 and 6 o’clock. Shoot for 3 and 9 o’clock.

1. Quicker transition from right to left turns
2. More range of movement, especially rotation (hips)
3. Less leaning required, more angulation (bike body separation.

I like what Remy was describing. Smooth transition instead of forcing the bike side to side.

Like Jesse said. Although not race specific application, drills allow to isolate movement patterns to become more efficient.

Miranda, great feedback on the boys! Pointing out to go slower to improve form than add dpeed is excellent!

Well done crew! Fist pump!
  • 3 0
 The aim is to have the pedals level so that you keep your legs ready for impacts, but with the wrong foot forward it is hard to turn the hips and get that good position, so sometimes the feet have to adjust accordingly. But that's great feedback! Thank you!
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed. We practice a lot of that with our @amp.enduro program in Canmore. Check out their page!
We’re looking forward to see you and your team on the World Stage!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: and when I practice with the goofy foot forward, I feel like my hips are dislocated LOL
  • 4 0
 I think the goal is always to have your feet as flat as possible to react to the terrain but when the grip is low and the speed goes up you need to get as much weight into your tires as possible and thats when you have to drop the outside foot. I would agree though. Generally no need to go to a true 12/6oclock!
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: This is so cool! I am coaching groms so I just watched Fluid Ride's version of this on the "slalom" video and a few others. They have a really sophisticated take on the subtle differences between your front and rear foot, where and when to lower them in the corner. Super deep look at it and I think even you all would get something new from it.
  • 2 0
 @yerocnitram: I'll check it out!
  • 2 0
 I think when people first do this drill they go around the cone kind of motionless. As they get the hang of it they start to pump out of the corner on their good side, but then lean around the next corner on their bad side. I guess you want to get to the point where you can pump both sides. You can maximize the pump by balancing weight to maximize traction, and lean the bike inward so that the pump has a lateral return that helps you out of the corner.
  • 3 0
 Great video.
Jesse is feet flat though those turns which is so scary to do (beyond me!)
  • 3 0
 I'm learning!
  • 2 0
 I remember watching Ratboy vs Peaty doing high speed cornering during WC. So different yet equally effective.

The idea is to work on your weakness so you're a better all round rider. It's cool to see these 3 practicing that stuff. It can only lead to improvements.

I coached a kid a few years back for 4 years or so. There's no way I could keep up now. He races Junior in EWS (his last year). Proud coach here to have enable this phenomenal rider to perform at the World stage.
  • 1 0
 @sylvainvanier: It's true, I'm finding hard to change my style. So maybe only enough where I become more all round like you say and keep my strengths where they are.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Me telling you to become a better all-rounder LOL! Please don't take offence to what I'm suggesting. Improving on our weakness only makes you stronger, faster, safer... How many times during a stage race have you found yourself sprinting only to realized you had the wrong foot forward in the next janky section? Scary most of the time...

My hips hurts just after a couple laps Wink
  • 2 0
 Bullseye! And if you want to progress faster, go see a mountainbike instructor.
  • 5 0
 Never too late for that!
  • 3 0
 Great stuff guys - more like this please! JP
  • 2 0
 @jessemelamed needs an orange helmet! Love the colour coding it really helps to make your “characters” stand out
  • 1 0
 I have one coming actually!
  • 1 0
 Love this, but my fire roads are made of literal polished marbles. I guess my race tracks are too, so good practice. More of this please!
  • 2 0
 Yeah got a fairly decent dirt road. Solid 7/10 dirt road.
  • 5 0
 7/10 is good! Next time we're hoping to find the white whale, 10/10 dirt road. We're still looking.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Go on use the 'H' word about that dirt road, you know you want to.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: ;-) Hero-dirt-road, that's the white whale you're looking for.
  • 2 0
 Our dirt roads are super gravelly
  • 3 0
 Good practice for loose, gravelly trails!
  • 1 0
 my worst slam last year was doing cones on a gravel multi-use trail. I saw Ben Wallace doing cones on grass.
  • 1 0
 @racerfacer: Cones on grass is good to begin with to work on the form, but how often are trails on grass?
  • 2 0
 Awesome! Fun and informative/helpful! Thanks MGM.
  • 1 0
 These are awesome; I’ve enjoyed each one and look forward to the next one. Keep em coming!
  • 1 0
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