Top 10 Tips For Riding Singletrack – How To Ride Singletrack Faster

Top 10 Tips For Riding Singletrack – How To Ride Singletrack Faster


♪ [music] ♪ – [Host] You could look at a technical
line as a series of obstacles to be avoided. Or equally, you could look at the
same section as a series of opportunities. It’s all in your mental approach.
A route needn’t just be a route. It could be a launchpad to kick you over a
gnarly section, or a pile of rocks that becomes a transition to pump for more
speed. So, look at things differently. To put the previous tip into action, it
can really help sometimes just to slow down. Stopping, searching for more speed
can make you focus on other things like smoothness and looking for new lines.
Great trails can flow, but it takes you, the rider, to actually make the most of
it. The most fundamental skill for riding single track is to look ahead to see
what’s coming up, giving you time to react. Even advanced riders would
do to be reminded of this fact. Keep your head up and look where you want
to go. The next step is to be ready on your bike, and that means your body
position. When you’re not pedaling, get low on the bike to out the
saddle with your pedals level, and dropping your center of gravity by
moving your hips back and down. It can really help to lower your seat to
give you a little more room to maneuver, and then drop your heels too. In this
position, you’re ready to tackle anything. Just about any mountain bike is capable of
hitting single track and helping you to enjoy yourself. But it makes sense,
though, to make sure whatever bike you’re riding is performing to it’s full
potential, so spend a bit of time tuning it to get the most out of it. The main
thing is brakes. The key to going fast is to be able to slow down fast, but also
look at your suspension to optimize it for your riding style, and make sure your
gears are running smoothly. The skill that unlocks a world of
opportunity out on the trail, learning to bunny hop gives you the
ability to ride single tracks smoother and faster. More than that, though, in
learning to bunny hop, you also nail manuals, which is super important too,
and then get comfortable in the air as well. And all these things will help to
make single track more fun. It’s all very well and good giving tips on how to do
things, but sometimes you need to see it in action on your local trails to really
cement the skills. To do just that, try and ride, at least from time to time,
with riders who are faster and more experienced than you. There is no better
way to learn than to try and keep up, following through local trails,
hopefully showing you new lines, new skills, and also taking you out of
your comfort zone. Guys! Guys! Guys! Wait! Of course, a more experienced rider
might be faster because they’re more skillful than you, but it might also be
down to their choice of equipment. And tire selection is absolutely
key to unlocking your full potential. Different locations call for different
tires. Tread pattern, compound width, and then different conditions on those
trails can influence your decision still further. More speed through single
track might not be your ultimate aim, but regardless, there are times when
more speed is also helpful to making you smoother and safer which might
not sound logical, but hear me out. More speed equals more momentum, and
momentum can really help on certain sections of trail, helping you to skim
over the surface as opposed to dropping into every little hole. This means you’re
less likely to get knocked offline on the sections that might actually be
scaring you the most. Pedal or pump, riding fast puts demands on your
body. A long descent can be taxing just like a single track climb, and while
training for mountain biking might not actually float your boat, it’s undeniable
that being fitter and stronger makes you faster. It could be going to the gym. It
could be running or riding your bike more. It all makes a big difference to your
speed and enjoyment. So, there are 10 different things that will help
you to ride single track faster, safer, and enjoy it more. ♪ [music] ♪