One quick question: Cyclocross is starting up, and my CX skills are better than ever because of our work with the MTB! But I was wondering, in deep mud or sand, should I just corner the same way that I do under good conditions (for example, screwing the bike), or is there a different technique for mud or sand?
I’ve heard it said that cycling requires core strength, but it doesn’t develop core strength.
Based on the dead cores I see on many clients, as well as my own issues with a soft underbelly, that seems awfully true.
What if you can ride in a way that both uses and strengthens your core?
We are stoked to teach classed at the excellent Frisco Bike Park in Frisco, CO
Sept. 10 – Two Level 1 classes with coach Kevin Stiffler.
Sept. 17 – One Level 2 class with Kevin and Lee McCormack.
Learn more and sign up at the Town of Frisco’s site >>>
On my 47th birthday a couple days ago, The Wife and I explored the trails at Sunset East in Erie, CO.
What fun! An easy climb with green, blue and black descents, all flowy and lovely. It’s the perfect layout for riders of different levels to enjoy mountain biking. Go slow, go fast, go little or go big. It’s all there. I, for one, plan to nab the blue KOM.
On Oct. 1, 2016 I’m teaching a Level 2 skills class. Learn to ride these trails (and others) with style!
When you’re Riding (with a capital R), you roll over most trail features without a care. You’re Flowing in the moment, and your body is executing trained patterns in a fluid and, I might add, awesome way. But sometimes you encounter a thing. That thing could be a drop, a jump—anything that makes you stop and have to decide whether to go for it.
In my classes (and with myself) I ask these questions:
Where is the ideal place to put the pedal under my foot? Should it be more under the ball of my foot or in the middle of my arch?
I am enjoying your advice on your website. Any advice on how to focus and go fast on narrow trails with grass growing along them (ie Colorado Roaring Judy in Crested Butte)? I feel very confident on rooty, technical trails but as soon as enter into a narrow, foliage-lined trail I get concerned on hitting the front wheel on the trail’s edge then flip. Any advice?
All the best
Hope all is well. As I am pinning down my XTERRA training for this upcoming season in May, I’m still at a loss with cornering going downhill on tight switchbacks. Right now, I don’t have the confidence to lay off the brakes when I’m in the apex of the turn. Granted, I don’t death-grab the brakes in the middle of the apex, but right now, I have to lightly/feather it in the middle of the apex. I know you said (at Moab and in your book) to lay off the brakes in the middle of the apex and to trust (as well as low, look, lean, turn).
Any advice and parking lot/grass field drills would be greatly appreciated. I feel that cornering is one of the things that is limiting my mountain bike skills.
By the way, XTERRA training is going well. Pump the base, F6 and strength/functional fitness (with a good coach) has been keeping my fitness sharp for the trails as well as with my road biking buddies. I will take you up on Prepare to Pin It later this season.
Hi Lee, I go to school in a relatively flat area, Southern Illinois, which only has easy cross country trails around. I feel like I prefer Enduro riding style and want to ride more trails with drops and jumps. But in this area there are no places I can even practice jumping and I can’t ride jumps or drops well when I actually travel to some places occasionally. What do you think I can do to practice my jumping skill? I can’t afford buying another bike or something.
This weekend I went to Rockville in California. There was a really cool jump there, and I took a video of it (link below). Can you watch the video and tell me if there is any thing I need to work on?