If you are an experienced rider you will need to keep in mind that the inexperience and lack of ability of some novice and intermediate riders on the track could cause them change lines unexpectedly when they hit something on the track or maybe get cross rutted.
“Making a smooth corner is best accomplished when you can do several things, all at once: let off the brakes, sit down and lean the bike over. When you sit down, the suspension will compress, which will in turn make the bike easier to lean over.” – Ryan Hughes
This will help the bike get traction and drive forward. Pushing out will make the rear tire slide.
What you need to do is choose your lines before you get to them and then focus on the next corner or obstacle. This is very important when corning the more you look beyond the corner, the less you focus on the ruts and bumps and the smoother and quicker you will become.
The main cause of arm pump is holding on to tight and relying on your arms too much to handle the bike. You should take some of the strain of your arms by gripping the bike with your knees, get forward and let the bike push you, not pull you by the arms. Lighly exercise [...]
“When there are deep ruts that you have to ride through, it is important to ride on the balls of your feet, or to consciously point your toes up, so that you don’t catch them on the sides of the rut. It also helps to point your toes inward, towards the bike.” – Kevin Windham
“When you corner, always keep your shoulders in line with-or parallel with-your handlebars. If you always stay in line with your bars, you will never have a problem in corners, rutted ones, especially.” – Broc Glover
“If a straightaway is rutted up, lots of riders will go around them, thinking it is faster. Wrong! Attack the rut! Get your front end light by gassing it hard and leaning back. Look past the rut and don’t get caught staring at it-this will cause you to choke and get cross rutted.” – Scott [...]
“The looser and more relaxed you can keep your body, the better you will be able to react with body positioning to different things you bike might do. Whether it is shifting your weight to gain better traction or to correct its flight path mid-air, it all comes easier if you are loose.” – Sebastien [...]
“The day before the race, I make sure that all of my equipment is in order. If you pack your gearbag the morning of the race, you are bound to forget something. If you can, it also helps to load up your truck the night before and park it in the garage, so you don’t [...]keep looking »