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LEVEL 2 SKILLS CLASS AT SUNSET EAST TRAILS, IN ERIE, CO


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!

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August 26, 2016 : Posted In: Coaching : Comments (0)


ARE YOU IN DANGER OR JUST BEING A WIMP? ASK YOURSELF THESE FOUR QUESTIONS


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:

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August 16, 2016 : Posted In: Coaching,Skills/training : Comments (2)


WHERE SHOULD I PUT MY FOOT ON THE PEDAL?


Lee,
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?
Chris

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June 2, 2016 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment,Skills/training : Comments (4)


PINNING IT ON NARROW, GRASS-LINED TRAILS


Hi Lee,

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

Daniel

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April 5, 2016 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (2)


HELP MY SWITCHBACKS! – QUICKIE ANSWER

Hi Lee,

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.

Thank you!

Neil

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March 22, 2016 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (1)


LEARNING TO SHRED IN THE FLATLAND


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.

Bruce

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February 1, 2016 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (0)


HOW IS THIS JUMP?

Hello Lee,

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?

Ryan P.

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January 29, 2016 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (1)


BALANCING STRENGTH TRAINING WITH BASE BIKE FITNESS


Hi Lee,
As my deadlift (300lbs 2×5) and squat (260lbs 5×5) loads are going more and more up (at 170lbs btw), it also gets more and more tough getting both done especially with PUTB in mind, too. Are you regularly lifting once a week or more often?
Thanks in advance + all the best,
Sven

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SQUATS VS. DEADLIFTS


Hi Lee,
how’s your lifting going? Hope all is well?
Whats your opinion about deadlift vs. squats? Are you squatting at all or solely focusing on deadlifts?
Thanks in advance + all the best,
Sven

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FLAT PEDALS, SHOES AND BIKE SHOP?

Hi Lee,

I just read over Pump Up the Base and am fired up to get going. In particular, I had been thinking of giving flat pedals a try for a while, and this is a great excuse to do so. Do you have a type of flat pedal and flat pedal shoes you’d recommend, or are they all pretty similar?

Lastly, is there a local bike shop that you’d recommend for shoes and pedals. I find most shops are real good with bikes and parts, but there’s not a lot of expertise with shoes out there. I’ve got weird feet and need more help than most. Thanks for you your help, and thanks for the REVO referral. I’ll be giving them a call soon.

Best,

Dave Farrell

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