Pump track maintenance, pro pump track qualifying and other radness.
Oh yes, ’tis good to ride the bikes on real terrain. Today we had a good little adventure at Left Hand Canyon OHV area outside Boulder.
Going into the 2007 Sea Otter Classic, I had a few years of coaching under my belt, and my skills were better than ever. I trained hard over the Colorado winter, and I showed up ready to rock the dual slalom and downhill. Little did I know I’d be taking a special test.
This story will appear in MMBSii.
The trail was new, the snow was flying and the crew was solid. A tale of steep footsteps, clogged cleats and jumbly flow.
The third big benefit race for Tara Llanes is coming right up, and it’s a major upgrade in venue, format and purse. The MEGA DH at Northstar at Tahoe should be sweet. Go to NorCal and get some!
Here are more details from Mike Stewart at Giant Bicycles.
We all have these visions of how things are going to be. In downhill, they don’t always go that way.
But all is not lost.
My bike has a Rockshox Lyrik 2-step on the front and a Fox RP23 on the back.
When dirt jumping should I set the Lyrik to short travel (and maybe turn pro pedal on) or just run with my normal downhill setup.
At the start of the Sea Otter downhill there are 4? short beeps and then one long beep. When does the actual timing of your race run start? Can you go anytime during those beeps or is it after the long beep finishes?
I live in Mt. Airy, MD where there are no pump tracks or dirt jumps. I go Dh ing every sunday. I am planning on starting dh racing in the spring and summer. I just picked up some Kreitler rollers for fun. What can i do on the other days of the week to get prepared.
P.S. I am so jealous of all the places you guys have to ride.
Your site is most helpful. I am considering buying a Demo 7. I live in Castle Rock, CO. Do you know of any close DH/FR areas in the Front Range (non resort) to ride it? Thanks for your help.
Would you ever recommend using Ergon grips for DH riding? I’ve been toying with the idea since my two end fingers get sooooo worn out after 8 runs down anything. I’m getting a softer spring for my Domain on Monday, and heading up for a last hoorah at WinterPark on Wednesday. Do you foresee the Ergon grips helping/hurting any part of “pinky/ring” finger muscle strain???
Thanks for all your help and all your help previously. You’re the best.