Our Downhill Skills clinics are all about leaving comfort zones and pushing personal limits to transcend new heights of mountain biking – and today was no different as students pushed their bikes, bodies and ba… um… brains to the limit!
Thanks to Schwalbe Tires for the goodies! And very special thanks to Walton and the gang from Attitude Bikes who not only tuned our bikes, but also dispensed valuable advice on both riding skills and bike set-up.
We appreciate the encouragement and feedback from all of you and we’ll keep fine-tuning our sessions until they’re as well-tuned as our bikes! Enough typing-talk! Now, let these images speak to your eyes!
As we always do, we start the day with a safety briefing.
A quick warm up to get the fuel pumping!
Some tips and reminders regarding cornering and body position.
Getting students to identify line choices.
A quick recap of the demo…
… and the first student rolls in!
Attempting one of the two identified lines.
Fast and furious action!
Walton from AttitudeBikes showing how its done!
A nice sweeping berm was part of today’s lessons.
Coach Ian rides an invisible bike!
Looking through to the exit of the berm.
Coach Ian demonstrates the proper lean for this berm.
Students practice under the scrutiny of coaches and peers! No pressure!
Before long, a train starts rolling through!
Lunchtime break and presentation about proper suspension set-up.
Plenty of Schwalbe’s present today…
and Muddy Mary make an appearance.
Walton from AttitudeBikes advising on bike set-up and recommendations on how to get a smoother, better performing bike.
With their suspension all dialed in by Attitude Bikes, the students attack the rock garden once more.
The real test of freshly set up suspension – wet, slippery, gnarly rocks!
Few things are better than riding with friends, except maybe, riding with new friends! Thanks everyone!