Enduro, I mean advanced trailriding, clinic No. 1
The first Lee Likes Bikes Enduro™ clinic was awesome, but very few of the riders cared about Enduro or wanted to do any official Enduro-ing. They just wanted to learn advanced riding skills, which was super cool with me.
On March 29 we got lucky with a really cool group of riders.
In four hours we worked on:
• Advanced cornering
• Advanced pumping
Thanks to Lester Pardoe for the photos.
This turn on the upper pump track is tricky. Step 1: Enter high and wide.
Step 2: Look through the turn, all the way to the next entrance. Kevin Stiffler, who’s now a Lee Likes Bikes coach, demonstrates perfect vision.
Team teaching: I lecture. Kevin rails.
Is it even legal to rail this hard? Coach Kevin digs in.
Pushing into the belly of the berm. See the tires drifting just a bit?
OK, so you get real low, like this …
Acting crazy. Also talking about the importance of upper body pull and lower body push. Check out the F6.
If you’re Enduro-ing for real, you gotta stay super low so you can get on the ground and lay down the power ASAP.
Valmont Bike Park: Not a bad place!
The next enduro clinic is set for May 24. Come out if you want to learn advanced trail riding skills — or if you want to cut time off your race runs. Pre-season enduro clinics, in partnership with Big Mountain Enduro
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Any thoughts on the difference in hip turn between you and Kevin in the berm pictures (his hips are really corked towards the exit)? Looking again I see it’s a different corner, so maybe that was a factor?
• Kevin’s in a 180. I’m in a 90.
• He’s edging more than pumping. I’m pumping more than edging. It looks like I’m pushing more perpendicularly to the surface. Easier to do in a 90, because you can focus your pump over a shorter distance.
• I also believe he’s driving fully into the outside foot, while I’m a bit more centered on both feet. That’s a function of pumping more than edging.
We both get through these turns just fine. It’s interesting to see how different riders make it happen.
Thanks, Lee! very cool