I love everything about mountain biking (apart from the cost, changing standards and that I can’t do it every damn day!)…
I enjoy a long ride in the mountains, uplift days, exploring and a good trail centre.
I like packing a bag, with lunch and a stove and heading out for hours on end, and I love a quick blast up and down my local hill before the sun sets.
I love singletrack, bridleways, hardpacked dirt, rocks, roots, mud, puddles and overgrown byways.
I love learning to jump, doing track stands and sliding down steep gnarly bits of trail.
Yeah mountain biking is great fun and I love everything about it. Last weekend 2 of us went out for about 4 hours and didn’t go far at all. What we did was we found a steep bank and rode it over and over and over again.
At first we thought it wasn’t possible, then by the end we were satisfied we’d achieved something pretty cool, progressed our riding and moved on to find something else.
Well this is how you beat it. This is how you learn. This is how you win. But mostly this is how you figure out how to deal with surprise obstacles on a trail and add to your “bag of tricks” and build your confidence when being shown stuff by other riders in new locations.
We don’t have a great deal of elevation where I live so we have to make the most of what we find and often this means sessioning and repeating short bits of trail to tune our skills.
Go and session something this weekend until you nail it!