How To Ride Natural Trail Gaps | MTB Skills

How To Ride Natural Trail Gaps | MTB Skills


– Welcome back you beautiful people, and today is a pretty cool day. It’s all about natural
hits out on the trail, spicing up that trail. Have you ever noticed a random kicker in the middle of the trail? You don’t know where it goes. Have you seen a little kicker
in the side of the bank? Have you seen roots
that look like kickers? Have you seen a rock
that looks like a jump? Well today, I’m going
to show you a technique on how to use these
natural features as jumps, and help you spice up a trail. (rock music) All right, before you start doing gaps, you gotta know how to bunny hop. You need to know the fundamentals. So it’s all about that owl shape when it comes to the bunny hop. You put your body weight down, you’re compressing your
bike into the ground, then you’re pulling up on the bars and then bringing up your bike
with your knees, your hips. You want to bring up, curling
your feet on those petals, lift that bike off the
ground, place it back down. Before we get too carried away, sending huge gaps, making
big, challengeable gaps, you’re going to start off small. You gotta build your confidence up to do these sort of gaps, because you’re coming in really fast, especially if it’s a big gap. The consequences are quite high. Let’s start small. And this one is basically a pre-hop, but it’s a gap. You’re smoothing out the trail, and a lot of downhill racers do this. Their pre-hop is all about
the bunny hop technique, and that’s like I’ve said earlier. You want to pre-hop this
bunny hop, pull the bike up. You wanna clear this gap
here, and you’re looking for a natural landing. Here is a natural landing on
the other side of this rock, this boulder right here, and that’s going to smooth out this trail. And as soon as you land, then you use that pumping
motion to push your bike down into the ground, forcing it forward, getting a lot more momentum on the trail. But it all starts on a little
gap, just like this one. All right, natural gaps
with natural landings. I see this roller right here, but when I’m coming into this section, I’m coming in with a bit of a pace, and I’m transferring up
onto this rock slab here, missing out all that gnarly stuff, plus I’m spicing up
this little bit of trail by gaping from there to here. And you move down through
here, keeping up high, I’m looking at this rock face right here. Already calculated,
when I’m looking ahead, looking at this, this is a jump. So when I’ve landed there,
I’m going to roll through, and I’m looking at this rock face. This rock face, to me,
looks like a kicker. It looks like a jump. So I launch. I’m going to launch from here, and I’m going to land down there, and then take off into
that left-hand corner, kind of spicing up this little section. But you’re just looking for
little surfaces like this that look like kickers, which is perfect. (rock music) Okay, look at this one. Right, this looks like a roller. You’re coming down the trail, you’re introduced with this,
you think it’s a roller, but I think this is a hip jump, which I can clear onto here. Cause you’re probably wondering, where’s that going? How am I… There’s an uphill landing. I’m not going to jump that uphill landing. But if you break open that box, you look at that as a
hip, you’re coming in with a bit of speed, I’m
going to jump from there and land on this bit of rock section here, kind of carrying my speed through, and then down this rocky section and through to the trail. That is a challengeable gap. That is picking out a good gap
to kind of control your speed and get a lot more
speed out of your trail. All right. Now to get into it. There’s another gap up there
I’m going to have to clear to get into this. (rock music) (laughs) I thought I was going to get
a puncture straight coming in. Now I know why there’s
these marks on these trees. I was so close to these trees. I was flat out through there. That was freaking cool. Whoo! Gets the heart pumping. (laughs) (sighs) All right, let’s do it again. (rock music) Look at this one. Okay, so you gotta carry your speed through that turn there, trail goes here, but you got this rock feature
that everyone kind of uses as a rock wall ride, rock wall thing, but right here, I can
see a little take off, and from that little take off, you can progress this gaping technique on natural terrain like this, you can go as big or as small as possible on here, and land on top or you can land here. This looks like a little bit of a landing. Or if you carry your speed really well out of that turn, you can get from there, and look at this, here’s
a landing, right here. That’s quite big. So I’m going to have to go, you’re going to have to go quite fast
to hit that gap to there. Well this is natural, and it’s great because you can use anywhere along here as a takeoff, really, to land on top. Think I’m going to come in quite high, I’m going to use this platform here, and it’s a kind of a
transfer, hip to the left. You don’t really want to go straight, cause you’d land in the bushes. So I’m going to hit this,
go as big as possible, and stay kind of right there. Doesn’t matter if you case it. Doesn’t matter. It’s nice long landing. So there you go. Rad little video on how
to hit or how to find these natural hits out on
the trail to spice it up. Just remember to look before you leap, because you don’t know
what’s on the other side, and just start off
small and it’s all about that bunny hop technique. Hopefully this video has helped you out. If you want to see another
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