Zoe Attempts Whistler Bike Park Steeps | Full Enduro S1 EP6

Zoe Attempts Whistler Bike Park Steeps | Full Enduro S1 EP6


(motivational music) (motivational music) (motivational music) (motivational music) (chalk on chalk board writing) – Hey everyone, back at
Whistler Bike Park today. Last time we were here with Katrina mastering jumps and drops. Today, I’m meeting up
with master of steeps Claire Buchar She’s a shredder downhill champion racer and she’s waiting for me at the top, so let’s see what she’s
got in store for us today. – I’m Claire Buchar and
I am a mountain bike athlete, coach, and brand ambassador here in Whistler, BC. I’ve raced for many years and
its a a big passion of mine. And, not so much personally for myself, but, now watching other
people get into it and accel. – Hi Claire! – Hey, Zoe. Nice to meet you. – You too! – Welcome back to the Whistler Bike Park. – Ya, it’s good to be back. – Right on. So, we’re gonna be
working on steeps today. – Sweet! – Ya And, we’re in the Garbo zone
so there’s a lot of stuff up here. EWS comes
through here quite a bit. – Okay – With steeps, there’s
a few different elements we can touch on and hopefully we can assess and practice a variety of, kind of, steep shoots, slabs, ya know, whatever we can find up here. (bikes clanking) (bike tire clanking) – [Claire] Cool. So, here we have classic
example of line choice. So this is cool because, this is kinda like the main line here. But, in a racing scenario, this looks like this would be the race line
because it’s more direct. – Right – You’ve got these roots
that are comin across. And, a few chunky rocks near the bottom. – Ya. – It looks like people have been going on either side of that – Okay – rock so they’ve been
carving it out a bit more. I think, ya know, you could try to go just to the left of it. You wanna look where you wanna go. – Ya – And, that’s part of body position always looking ahead and scanning
the trail with your eyes. (bike zooming) I think I went to the right of this rock. It looks like a lot of people have been. – [ Zoe] Ya, it looks
like it would probably set you up a little better. – Ya. It does. So if you can be lighter on
the brakes over, ya know, the main chunky section. And then. – Let it flow – Let it flow out. And then, when you get down that next step you can grab more brake
control if you need to. (bike zooming) Little bit outside, momentum, nice! I think she’s gonna come
in a little bit more speed. So it’s more realistic to, ya know, an enduro race scenario. And, ya, tidy up her
entrance just slightly. And, I think, on the steepest portion she
needs to avoid so much skidding by moving her hips back and
putting some more weight over the rear wheel so it’s not
losing as much traction (bike zooming) Nice! Awesome! That was way better Ya, we couldn’t hear your
tires skidding as much. – [ Zoe] Ya – And you also did it
smoother and faster, so. – [ Zoe] Ya, it just goes
to show you momentum’s your friend sometimes. – Yep. Momentum’s your friend for sure. – Moving my weight back a
little over the back brakes so I actually felt when I
used it I didn’t just lock up it slowed me down enough to keep it smooth but no to kill the flow. And, it actually felt more controlled even though I was quicker. So, that was cool (laughs). (upbeat music) (bikes zooming) – [Claire] See what we got here. Drop! All right, so this is what we need. Momentum. Oh yep, she looks pretty good. Woo! So, basically, ya know at
any time terrain steepens we want to maintain stability, balance, on your bike and therefore control. I think you can achieve a lot of that by adjusting your body position. You wanna use this front
and back plane of movement and shift your hips back. – Yup. – But, without just coming
right up into the back seat. – Right. – You just wanna kinda
shift your hips back and leave your shoulders
where they’re are. – Okay – So, that you still have
weight over the front wheel so it’s tracking. – Yes. – And you’ve got your brake power. But, you’ve also.. – Got your weight on. – Shifted your hips back so you’re spread out over the rear wheel. – Right. – To keep it grounded and planted. And, at the same time, you’re
bringing down your center of gravity so you have
that stability and balance so more control. – Do, I wanna bend my knee straight down, do I want them coming out, like how? – No you don’t really
ever wanna bow your legs. – Okay. – It’s kind of like forward
and back plane of movement – Yes – So, it’s jus kind of like this. – Ya, okay – So I can do a run
through and you can watch. – That would be good. Ya. Perfect. – All right. – I’ll just do it nice and controlled. I’m gonna keep momentum up that chunk. And then. (bike zooming) – Ah, super smooth. Racing cross country you
might get little segments of this but nothing like fully committed where you’re like fulling having
to shift your body weight. So, this is a new skill that
I’ve been stoked to learn. Because, a lot trails,
especially around Squamish in BC that get a little spicy
involve this skill. – But ya, you should always have like a point of commitment so that
you’re not doing this last minute ditch and could probably end – [Together] Badly. – If you have pumps and self doubt. So you wanna be like,
okay, I think I got this – Ya Well I think you wanna be
thinking that up there. – Okay – Before you start, you wanna be thinking, okay, I’m gonna do this, I’m committed. – Ya. I have to see it. – But always have your line. As soon as you get over kinda that hump. – Ya. – You can let go. – Okay. – And then feather that transition. – So you’re kinda breaking
right up until that point and then you just kinda
ease it off a little. – Ya, like you’ll know
where you wanna let go. (bike zooming) Nice and calm. Momentum. – Easy – Body position. (bike zooming) Beautiful! That was pretty perfect. – That wasn’t so bad – [Together] (laughs) You actually chose a
really nice point of exit. Like, the smoothest part. – Ya, that was awesome. That felt really smooth
and it’s definitely steep and your heart’s in your throat but, it goes and it’s super smooth. So ya, I was stoked to get that one down. (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) – So we are on the Canadian open track and we’re kind of on a
portion of track that comes in to a steep shoot and then, into like some loose dirt corners and shoots. So, I feel like this is a good place to put everything we talked about together ’cause it’s got a bit of everything – Ya. – This kinda section of
trail there’s a few lines to choose from which is really cool. Coming across through this V here and then, straightening it up. So, goin right in this kind of little shell. And that’s gonna kinda help us like set ya up for that
corner a bit better. – And so when I’m coming in
I’m easing where it’s not dusty to kinda ditch speed a little bit and then I’m gonna let her go here like where are my braking points? – Ya, so you’re braking points
are a bit different here because you obviously,
ya know, if you’re racing you wanna go as quick as you can. – Ya – But you’re gonna have to
scrub a little bit of speed before you come in. – Okay – You don’t come in rocketing. – [Together] (laughs) – But, you do want carry momentum. So, maybe scrub a little
bit a speed coming in. – Yep – And then, be light on
your bike over the, ya know, that rock that’s got dust on it. So, be light over this and this chunky bit. So, light on the brakes. – Ya – And light on your bike. Good way to remedy when
you’re skidding is letting go. Like letting it go. – Letting go, and then.. – And then, trying to find these shelves and these places where you can safely. – Get it back – Grab the brakes and pull up a little – That makes sense. (upbeat music) (bike zooming) (upbeat music) – Now that I’ve ridden it, you’re on the brakes kinda the whole time but lightly. You never like break traction a ton. So, that’s something. – [ Zoe] To keep in mind. – With steeps. That’s often the case. Or a sustained steep that just keeps going you’ve gotta be on the brakes. – [ Zoe] Ya. – But you jus wanna be on
them in a controlled manor. So, like, front and rear
braking smoothly and evenly. – [ Zoe] Yes. – And just not grabbing like a handful so that you just break traction. And of course, again, your
body position is important. Because, if you’ve got your
hips back over the rear wheel it’s gonna dig in more and
it’s not gonna break loose and skid as much. Nice! (upbeat music) Awesome! Much better! – If you’re looking to
immediate in front of you it’s gets a bit washy, versus.. – Ya – [Together] You gotta look ahead. – [ Zoe] Ya. – [Claire] And that’s part of
that body position for sure. – [ Zoe] Ya. – It’s just part of your body position like your chin is kinda over the stem and always looking ahead and
then you’re just scanning back and forth with your eyes only. – [ Zoe] Right. Ya, you’re better able to set yourself up. – And you just have better
balance and everything. – [ Zoe] Ya! – Cool. That was awesome! – [ Zoe] Cool! Thanks! Ya! (dramatic music) (dramatic music) (dramatic music) – Hey guys. Jus had a sweet day up
at Whistler Bike Park with Claire Buchar shredding the steeps. She’s got me working
on my body positioning shifting my hips back, my line choices so I’m not goin down the crazy stuff. And then, my braking as well. So, feeling really good
with having that confidence that I can get down the steeps. I’m stoked now to see what
Georgia thinks of my new skill level heading over to 19th. So, ya, let’s see how it goes
shredding the gnar over there. – We’re back, 19th hole. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from the last few weeks
with different teachers. And this will be the ultimate test. (bikes zooming) (birds chirping) – [ Zoe] Phew. Oh look at him, what a crasher! Textbook! (laughs) So good! – He even skidded out – That’s how it’s done! (laughs) – That’s how it’s done.