How To Take Your Mountain Bike Riding To The Next Level

How To Take Your Mountain Bike Riding To The Next Level


(modern jazz rhythm) – As some of you may know,
all of us here at GMBN are former professional mountain bikers. – And to get to that level takes a lot. – Yep, I raced Enduro professional. – I was a Dirt jump slope
style rider for ages. – Uh, I raced downhill
world cups in pro and Endura. – So here are our top tips to take your riding to the next level. (modern jazz rhythm) (tyres skidding on dirt) – Now, you’ve probably
heard us talking about this in a lot of our skills videos. It’s all about practise makes perfect and time out on the bike. No one gets faster or better
just by riding their bike a couple of times a week. It’s all about bike time, and spending as much time as you can on the bike. And to do this, you’ve
obviously really got to love it.
(laboured breathing) (tyres skidding on dirt) Whoa! – Pros have their own places to ride, or live somewhere really close that they can go to and
ride a lot on demand. Putting themselves in
the best environment ever gives them the abilities
to be really good. For myself, I’ve got my own facility. I’ve got my own trails, and big jump to test on. Backyard jumps, pump
tracks are a great thing to build bike skills. And, you can have fun doing it, and you don’t even have to travel far to do it. (modern jazz rhythm) – We often hear beginner
riders talking about confidence and how to get more. But I definitely think confidence works for every rider, no matter
what level you’re at. You see it in the downhill world. Some of the top racers,
they got onto a roll. They start winning, then
they can’t be beaten. Or others get an injury,
and they find it really hard to get back and perform
like they did before. I saw a really cool
quote from Mick Hannah, who is one of the world’s
best downhill racers. He says, “It’s important
to remember the facts “that confidence isn’t just a feeling. “It’s based on proven truths and facts.” (tyres skidding) – Moving on from confidence, I think there’s actually
quite a lot of psychology involved in performing really well. I know there’s loads of
books that have been written about sports performance, or making money, or all those things,
but personally I think setting goals is one of the biggest things that will help you get there. I was chatting to Danny Hart recently, the World Downhill Champion,
and he actually set that goal when he was really young, sort of 12 or 13 that hopefully one day he
would become the champion. And another thing is rewarding yourself if you do do it. Ah, for me, you know, it was setting goals at a smaller level. So, regionally, I want to win that race. And then nationally, I
want to win that race. But, it definitely
helps in those hard days when you’re training. You think, “Why am I doing this?.” You need a goal to go for it. – Meticulous bike setup can
really make a big difference to your riding out in the trails. You want to be thinking
about tyre pressure. Even your seat angle, your seat height. All your suspension settings
are using the full travel, both front and rear. Does it feel balanced? Has the rebounding set accordingly? And then you start thinking about your stack height, your bar roll, and your lever position. Now these might be minute things, but they all add up and make
the biggest of differences. – So training is another
really important piece of the puzzle, and this of
course has to be tailored to the sort of riding you do. So for downhill, maybe
it’s all about peak power. Then at the other end of
the scale, cross country, you’ve gotta be light and super fit. But definitely physical
condition is really important. So for disciplines like
downhill and dirt-jump where you know you’re
gonna fall off eventually, those riders tend to try
and be nice and strong, but also lean. So that when they hit the ground hopefully they don’t want to break quite as easily. They almost call it pre-hab, so you get nice strong shoulders, try and avoid those
really common injuries. A lot of people say that
if you aren’t crashing, then you aren’t improving. But this is something that I
don’t generally agree with. Yes, of course, you do have to take risks. But they can be calculated. However there is always
that one person in the group who’s a bit of a wrecking ball, and can come in and crash all the time. (tyres skidding) (coughing) But generally, they aren’t the best. And let’s face it, if you’re crashing, you’re gonna have time off the bike due to injuries and
not being able to ride. – Personally, I think
being in the right mindset and taking calculated risks, are the ones that are gonna improve the quickest to those ones that are
just wrecking balls. (monotone beep sounds)
And crashes way too much. (tyres skidding) – Gyah! – Bu– (laughing) (biker groaning) (all laughing loudly) – Support. Do your parents or partner
encourage you to ride? You see it in the downhill world a lot. That young riders
actually have their family take them there in the first place. And often that family stays there, even when they’re top racers. Um, if you’re having to cut rides short, or not go for rides because you think your partner might get upset, it’s not really gonna be a recipe for being a top racer. So, just like the environment you live in, actually your home life
can make a big difference to how easy you find it to go for a ride. – Well there we go. There are some of the
key secrets of the trade. – I also think it’s really important that you actually love riding your bike. – Click here to subscribe and you won’t miss another video. – And if you click right down here, you’re gonna get to see how to ride through the rocks faster with pro-rider Neko Mulally. – Click over here for how to work with another pro-rider,
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