How To Ride A Pump Track | Blake Teaches GCN’s Si Richardson MTB Skills

How To Ride A Pump Track | Blake Teaches GCN’s Si Richardson MTB Skills


(upbeat music) – Welcome back you beautiful people and today is all about pump
track essential skills. Today, I have a very special guest, Simon Richardson, everyone – Hey, thanks mate. – Welcome.
– You’re too kind. I guess if any of you know me, it will be as a road rider. I am a cross country
mountain biker, life long, and I’ve got to say Blake, I love pump tracks, I’m just really, really bad at them. – No, you’re not. – No, you wait. – Well, today, it’s your lucky day. I brought my dirt jump bike. You’re probably not very used to it. – I love the look of these bikes and so I cannot wait to try it. Have you got an allen key? I just need to pop that
seat up a little bit. – No, that stays down, sorry, yeah. Anyway, moving on, I want
you to ride the pump track, get used to the bike, but whilst you’re doing that, I’m going to scrutinize your riding and I’m gonna pull up where you need to improve on your skills, okay? – Yeah, alright. – We’ll help you improve on those skills. – Thanks man, probably going
to need quite a big notepad. – So whilst Simon is getting introduced to my lovely hard tail, the Scott Voltage, I’m here with Simon Richardson from GCN. I’m going to help him kind
of perfect his pumping skill and develop his skills
within the pump track. This is a great place to
start developing those skills. How’d you find that? – It’s the fact that
my front wheel is about six inches further forwards than normal. – Yeah, it’s not underneath you. – No, it’s not. – You’re not holding the
handlebars past your hub. – Yeah, I think a warm up.
– I’m gonna scrutinize your riding.
– Yeah, please do. Be gentle.
– And then kind of be picky. (upbeat music) What did you think of that? – It’ll take me a while
to get used to the bike, but it’s such good fun, innit. – But to be honest, your pumping technique, I can’t fault it. – Yeah? – It looks pretty good. – Aw, thanks man.
– Really good. I think the only thing
that is your cornering, but I feel it’s a bit
intimidating when it’s a bit wet. You kind of let yourself
go around the corner and you let the bike take
you around the corner. – Well yeah, to be fair, the fact that it is a bit slippery is a bit intimidating, but actually, I suck at riding the corners whether it’s wet or dry. So yeah, if any pointers there, would be gratefully received. – Okay, so the technique
I saw you doing in a turn, was, like I said, you’re letting
the corner take you around, so you’re just kind of
being a passenger in a turn. What you’re also doing is you’re coming and you’re staying quite low in the turn. So, you want to enter high, exit low. So, you’re basically dropping down and getting ready for your straight. – Okay. – Now body position, what I saw you doing was kind of sat back, arms a bit straight. Your knees are bent, but not bent enough.
– Okay. – You want to bend your elbows. You’re gonna bring yourself down into it, like you would on a straight
in that attack position. – Okay. – So, not sat back. – So more aggressive? – More aggressive, looking
ahead, looking at your exit. So, you can pump the turn. – Pump a turn?
– You can pump a turn. – Whoa. – So, that’s when you want to be on that aggressive attack position. – Okay.
– Not sat back letting the turn do the talking. – So, you literally, like you’re
pushing your front wheel in as you’re coming into the apex and then you push with your feet as you’re kind of going through? – Yes.
– Okay. – Yeah.
– Alright. – Have a good at that. That’s it, it’ll feel
weird because you feel like you’re gonna lose the front end. Yeah. There you go. That’s heaps better, well done. Your form look way better
and you looked quicker. – Cool, well it felt a whole heap better. It’s not rocket science, is it? Taking the wide on the inside. But man has it made a difference. It always felt a little bit like, I’m not sure you can case a berm but it sort of felt like.
– Yeah. – You know, I’d hit the end of it, lose all my speed, and to roll out of it like a little trickle.
– Start again. – Exactly, where as now, it’s like oh yeah, I can actually carry a bit of speed through that. – [Blake] Right, recap time. Remember to enter the
corner central or higher. The faster you go, the higher
you want to enter the turn, which in tail, will bring you
to the exit the corner lower. It’s about being in attack position and that’s elbows bent, knees bent, and looking at your exit. Corners can be very
intimidating at high speed, but the more you ride a
berm, the easier it gets and you can start to pump in
a corner to gain more speed. – I’ve got one last favor to ask. – Yeah? – Can you teach me how to jump? – (gasps) Yes.
– Just quickly. – Yes, I know the perfect straight. – Funny you mention that, yeah. – Can you jump? – Uh. – Have you had air before? I know you’ve done it
cross country and racing. – Yeah, no, I kind of can jump. Like, it’s not like I’m
glued to the ground, but I suspect most people would be like pfft, that’s not a jump. I think it feels quite good. The technique, right,
so you pump, pump, pump. – Yup. – And then it’s literally
just instead of pumping, you just like woo, straight over.
– Yeah, you’re kind of need, you bring in that bunny hop technique. – So I am gonna have to like hop it? – Put you on a mellowed
down bunny hop technique, you don’t want to bunny hop off the lip, you just want to let
the lip do the talking and then water down that bunny
hop technique a little bit. So you’re gonna lean back
– I think my bunny hop technique is pretty watered
down at the best of times. (laughing) – Well, let’s see it
and I’m gonna point out where you’re going wrong. – Okay.
– Yeah? – Yeah, right. If you think I can case
berms, you watch me jump. – (laughs) I think he
just wants to show off, ’cause I think he can jump. But I want to see him jump. Okay, I see what he did there. – That nearly made 1000 fails. (laughing) – You did kind of the push through. You kind of thought the lip
was gonna do the actual lifting of you off the ground. – Yeah. – You kind of went like, like whoa. – It sounds like an excuse, but I think because it’s got such a different position to normal
– Yeah. – It’s like the front wheel
kind of feels very different, doesn’t it?
– Yeah. It takes off before you think it does. Maybe do it again. If you do it again, now you understand where that kind of front wheel is and where it’s gonna take off. Relax a bit more. – Yeah, I think not feeling
like (beeping) my pants. – Exactly, relax a little bit more. Oh, you had that. – Yeah, I’m pretty sure I left the ground. – You left the ground. Exaggerate a little bit more. Put a little bit more effort
into that exact technique and you would clear it.
– Okay. – A little bit faster as well. Yes! Nearly, so a bit more speed, a bit more speed. A little bit more pop. Wah, yes, but as soon as you
left the ground, you went. You kind of straightened out your arms and that kind of, you
pushed yourself through. – Okay. – So, you did the pop, but then you didn’t
continue with that flow, you kind of just went rip. – No, the current flow left
me when I left the ground. (laughing) – So, bring the bike up
into you a little bit more. – Okay. – Yes, yes. On a pump track, it’s not
all about getting height, it’s all about keeping
it low, keeping it fast. That’s what he did right there. Oh, damnit. Should I demonstrate? (laughing) – No, please do. – So you can actually,
no, so you can see how, I’ll over exaggerate everything so you can see where
I’m pulling and pushing. – Yeah, okay cool, that’d be super helpful.
– ‘Cause you’ve got it. ‘Cause when you’re doing, you’ve got the pop, it’s just when you’ve got the pop, it feels like you’re getting a bit scared, so you’re like, whoa, I
don’t want to go too high. – [Simon] That’s pretty much spot on. – Forget about how high I go, it’s just the technique of the jump. A bit more speed and you’re like. I’ll show you what you do. – Yup. – With the arms, you’ve
got to keep your arms bent, not push out.
– Okay. – Yeah? – [Simon] That looks rubbish. – You see, you’ve got the pop
to get yourself into the air, it’s just you’re not
letting your arms continue – No. – Through the process.
– It’s kind of almost flattening it off. – It’s a short lip but you lean, let the bike come up,
and then when you do it, you just kind of push forward and bring up your legs
when you’re leveling out. – Okay.
– Yeah? – Alright, cool, thanks mate.
– Try that. – Yeah, I will do. – [Blake] Yes! – Still not there, was it? – No, that was good. Your arms look way better on that one. Maybe the bigger the
lip, the easier it’ll be. – Okay. – ‘Cause the smaller lip, you kind of, you actually have to do a little bunny hop to get up into the air. Whereas that one, you can actually let it glide yourself over. – Okay, I’ll try and do both. But I’ll try and give it
a proper one on that one. – Yeah, it’s snowing leaves, look at that. The first one was brilliant. That was good. – Yeah?
– Yeah, I was like wow, you’re dropping in on a side wind. Jumping is all about being confident and this comes with practice and time. Using the bunny hop technique off the lip can help you get into the air, which is all about timing and
getting it right off the lip. Next is relax and not to tense in the air. You want to keep those arms bent and panic and straighten out in the air. – Just a bit more practice. – Just a bit more practice. You’ve got the confidence,
that’s for sure. – I could get used to this bike though. – It’s fun, isn’t it? – Super fun. You know your cables are
a bit tangled up, Blake? – It’s for tail whips. – You what? – Tail whips. – Blake, thank you so much mate. That’s been super cool.
– You’re welcome, you’re welcome, thanks for coming over. Definitely improved,
your pumping is spot on. If you want to go faster, you just have to exaggerate your pump. – Okay. – So be more aggressive.
– Yeah. – Your cornering, straight away, I saw that you were letting
the corner do the talking, not you, you’re not making
the corner work for you. So, by getting into that
attack position, spot on. Going in high, coming out low – Yeah.
– Into the straight. – It did feel like it
made a huge difference. You know, you can tell me how to do it, it’s easy to put it into practice, and yeah, it did feel better. So yeah, thank you for that. – And then jumping, that just comes. You’ve got the pop, you’ve got the skill, you’re comfortable, you could
relax a little bit more, but that all comes with
practice and confidence really. – Yeah, thanks man, I definitely feel like I need to practice. But you know, you telling
me what I was doing wrong, it helps to clarify things and it’s like okay, now I
know what I need to work on. Yeah, so hopefully mate, I’ll be like taking
– You’ll be back, yeah? – Landing on another before too long. I still don’t know how you do that. – I’ve been doing it, practice, practice, it’s all about practice. Hopefully this has helped ya. If you enjoyed this video, we got Simon to go around
the corners, get in the air. If you want to see another
video on how to jump, click over here. – I’m gonna click on that, mate. – Yeah, don’t forget to
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