How To Impress Your Mates On The Pump Track | MTB Skills

How To Impress Your Mates On The Pump Track | MTB Skills


– Today’s video’s all about
impressing your buddies out on the pump track and that is going fast,
clearing huge gaps, exploring, endurance style, manuals, the whole shebang. It’s a good recipe to impress your mates but then I’m going to
dive into it a little bit, give you a few tips on
how to do these things so lets get started. (electronic music) Right, this one, to impress your mates, it’s all about going fast on a pump track. If you’re flying around on that pump track you’re going to get some
whoops from your buddies but it’s a technique that takes a long time to master, but also certain obstacles
on the pump track recommend different techniques. For me, you can double this, but you’re going to go slow to double it so you do an over jump
if you’re going too fast, so the technique on these two is that you use the manual to manual through to generate more speed to go
faster into that next section, whereas this last one
right here, this one, is big enough for me to double, so going one to the other in the air and then through that
corner as fast as I can and as stylish as I can, as well. There you go, it depends
on what the obstacles are on the pump track, basically you want to generate more speed and you’ve got to find out what obstacle is perfect for manualling through, to gain more speed, or to just jump it, to get more air time. Simples! Right, this is why the
pump track is super tiring and exhausting when you’re going fast, and using a turn to generate as much speed as possible is key. You don’t just want to ride this thing, you want to push into this
things and push out of it just think of it as a roller on it’s side, you pump in through it, you’re going to pump all the way through and give it all you’ve got to go flat out. Alright, what if speed is not your thing and you’re not faster than your mates? Then you’ve got to look fast. You’ve got to bring in a bit of style, you’re going to over exaggerate at certain points of the skills, for instance, the manual. Right, the best place to do
the manual and over exaggerate is find the longest
straight on the pump track because that’s where you can perfect on how far you can go on the manual. But what I mean by exaggerating is you want to get into that manual, you want to maintain the height of that, you don’t want to go too high because that’s no style points there, you want to bend your legs,
lean far back over the bike and looking over your
bars, just like this, over your front tire, looking at it you’re looking fast,
you’re looking stylish and that’s going to impress your mates. Right, a little tip on technique, on how to manual out of turns because they’re super high. Basically, what you want to
do is come into the turn, turn obviously, but when
you’re coming out of it you want to kind of
straighten up your bike as much as possible because if you come out like this, you can’t look at your bike, you’re looking down the line but you’re bike is facing that way, see? You’re bike’s going to go that way. So you want to come in quite early on, quite high up in the turn before, cut down in the turn, to straighten up that
line out of the turn, manual over this and then it’s all about using your legs and pushing the bike down maintaining the height of that– that front wheel will rise when you go up but then when your bike drops down, you’re dropping the front as well so you’re pushing forward like you would if you had two wheels on the ground. But that comes with a lot of practice because it takes time, trust me, but it’s fun when you get it and it will impress your mates. Alright, if manualling’s not your thing then finding a big fat gap to get some height to get some distance just to
impress your mates is key. I chose this one over all the rest because it’s quite unique. You can actually double it or you can use this bank over here as a hip and that’s what brought me here I can use this as a hip I can get a little bit of
style in my air to clear that and the best thing about it,
you don’t need that much speed as long as you pop this
beast you can get over it so a little bit of speed, come in, pop it, steez it out, land your mates are going to
be like clapping away. “Well done mate.” You’re not fussed but
you’re getting height. Alright this one’s a bit
more of an experimental one you want to get out the box look for unique lines, different lines, because that’s what’s going
to impress your mates. Make sure it’s difficult. Just think out the box, I’ve seen a few, I see one across here into that berm, I can see from out this
berm into that berm, that one to there, that one’s definitely
going to impress people. Let’s crack on. Alright, what about this one. From that side to this one then I have to jump that into that berm. That’s a big gap, that’s a big gap. I’ll try it, then we’ll try this one. Which I think is death. Okay, I’ll do it again, I cased it. Right look at this one, it’s
not even part of the course. Actually everywhere’s part of the course, it’s all about in here. Figuring out new lines, look at this line it’s out the top of this berm
into that roller over there and then into that berm. Ooh it’s going to be difficult now I how do I calculate this? Well speed is key, because
it’s quite a big gap. I’ve got the speed, I
know I’ve got the speed. It’s about technique
on hitting this beast. Look at it, the thing
about hitting small lips going fast has a tendency to do this. That’s if you pump it, if you pull off it it’s going to– because you pull off with your front wheel and then your back wheel’s
still going up that short kicker it’s going to do that. And I don’t want to do that, because that looks really hard to fall on. I’m nervous, I’m nervous, I’m scared. (laughs) I don’t even know if
it’s on, it’s that scary. It’s on. Just get over it bloke. Plus, if I crash, Fails and Bails. (laughs) Okay, okay, I cased but I knew I was going
to case like I said. Because I was nervous about hitting it I got ready for it so I bent my legs, using my legs as suspension. There’s a tip for you. If you’re running a Hardtail,
as well as a full sus, use your legs, bend your legs, land that’s going to be suspension, I didn’t even feel it, much. Do it again. Wow, that impressed. That impressed me, I’m impressed, I can go away a happy man. With gapping all these
gaps, especially this one. Right, the weird thing about it was, because that’s a roller,
and that’s a roller, it’s like condescending itself, I feel like I’m taking off there but then I can’t take off because I need to roll
this tiny little bit and then use that to push me over that quite a long gap, I think it’s
like two, three bike lengths? And I landed flat, but I’d
rather land flat than case again because my ankles are
not up for that again. So there you go, gaps. That’s going to impress your mates. Right, if those weird angles and transfers are not your thing and you’re
not comfortable with doing it don’t worry, you can still
find gaps but on the track and straight ones that are still
going to impress your mates look at this, from there to there, gap this, that’s impressive, but then you’ve got enough
speed to do this one which is even bigger,
that’s impressive too. But by doing this it’s going to help you progress your jumping skills
which you can transfer up to the trail, perfect! Right, this next one is manualling I mean manualling a whole straight, sounds easy, but it’s super hard especially when you’ve got four of them to try and complete, but
it’s definitely impressive. When I see someone do it,
it definitely impresses me. Right, if you haven’t got all those skills to impress your mates but you’ve got legs of steel then endurance is highly impressive because a pump track is insanely tiring it burns your legs and doing
as many laps as possible beating your friends out
the park is impressive . (laughs) Wow, right, there’s a few ways to impress your buddies on a pump track, like manualling a whole
straight at high speed is insanely impressive,
by the looks of it, I need a little bit more
practice at high speed. Talk about practice, click
down here on how to manual, because that’s definitely
going to help you on the pump track then down here on how
to use the pump track to boost your jumping skills
and then transfer that out on to the trail, super
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