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A PERFECT DAY

Today I shared DH shuttle rides with a bunch of dudes in the hills above Florence, Italy. Them: No English. Me: No Italian. But we did reach a consensus.

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September 14, 2013 : Posted In: Downhill,Life with a capital L : Comments (1)


ALEX WILLIE INTERVIEW ON VITALMTB

Our friend, training partner and pupil Alex Willie is on his way to MTB stardom.

The junior national downhill champion and I have been training hard this winter, and he’s ready for an awesome season in the U.S. and at select World Cups.

Go Alex!

Check out the VitalMTB photos and interview: Exclusive Interview: Alex Willie, U.S. Junior National Downhill Champion

Some of our adventures:

Off season training begins
Alex Willie wins national DH championship
Pinning the DH with Alex Willie
7:1 and stoked
Rocking with the SMBA monkeys – The first time we rode together. August, 2008.


Alex and I have been working with Erin Carson at RallySport Health and Fitness in Boulder, and she’s making us strong like bull.


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January 14, 2013 : Posted In: Coaching,Downhill : Comments (0)


BIG BIKES ARE RAD, AND HERE’S WHY


Lately Mike Levy at Pinkbike and I (Big suspension and big sine waves) have told you that downhill bikes are too unwieldy and gnarly for average riders. That most of us are best served by mid-travel bikes. Well, that might be true, but let’s look at the opposite side of the travel chip:

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December 13, 2012 : Posted In: Downhill,Equipment,Skills/training : Comments (17)


THE END OF FLAT PEDALS AT WORLD CUP DOWNHILLS?

Richard Cunningham over at Pinkbike wrote a fascinating piece about flat pedals in World Cup downhill racing. This is so good I need to weigh in.

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October 3, 2012 : Posted In: Downhill,Skills/training : Comments (16)


MOUNTAIN MAN STATUS FOR YOUNGER SKYWALKER


Today 13-year-old Chase Willie (proud younger brother of national DH champ Alex Willie) joined the legion of fools that hikes and rides DH at Left Hand Canyon OHV Area.

Chase and I have done some work on the BMX and mountain bikes; today was our first day on the downhill sled.

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August 14, 2012 : Posted In: Coaching,Downhill : Comments (0)


RIDING VAIL ON A SATURDAY


On Saturday I enjoyed a fantastic XC/DH ride in Vail, CO.

It’s great to see so many civilians out having fun on their bikes. I sure had fun too.

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August 13, 2012 : Posted In: Downhill,Trail : Comments (1)


PINNING THE DH WITH ALEX WILLIE


Last weekend Young Skywalker won the national downhill championships—YES! NATIONAL CHAMPION!—and next month he’s heading to Worlds. Yesterday we hit Keystone for a good, old fashioned DH tuneup.

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July 29, 2012 : Posted In: Coaching,Downhill : Comments (3)


ALEX WILLIE WINS NATIONAL DH CHAMPIONSHIP!

I am so proud of Young Skywalker. Yesterday—when it counted!—he found the perfect flow:

“There were no bobbles or moments,” Alex said. “It was just another run (but I’ve never pedaled that hard or gone that fast!).”


Also check out:

The 2011 season starts now
7:1 and stoked
Paul Bunyan riding
Dialing it down to 8

Great job Alex. I’m excited to ride DH with you this Saturday. We are training for WORLDS!


July 23, 2012 : Posted In: Coaching,Downhill : Comments (1)


MAKING A FAST RIDER FASTER


Last week I rocked a skills session at Valmont Bike Park with Mountain States Cup pro pinner Eric Landis. We hit the basics, then he attacked his drills with rare aggression. As he told me at the beginning of our session, “I’m dressed to crash.”

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June 28, 2012 : Posted In: Coaching,Downhill,Skills/training : Comments (2)


PINKBIKE Q&A WITH AARON GWIN

Great stuff in this interview:

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/QampA-with-Gwin.html

Pay special attention to Aaron’s approach to racing. The significance it holds (and does not hold) in his life. The importance of following your routine, giving it your best then moving on.

June 25, 2012 : Posted In: Downhill,Skills/training : Comments (0)


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