I have in one way or another cycled, competed, or worked with mountainbike for over 20 years. I cycle downhill, uphill, and across. The more the better! Hope you will notice it when you are reading.
Are you doing downhill but have stopped in your development? You want to but can not take the next step that makes you improve your times and maybe get you up on the coveted podium.
Being able to find the right path to get better is not easy. Many before you have had problems. What is needed is often a package solution, no downhill cyclist can do without having all the different parts in place. Competing downhill is very demanding both physically and mentally and having both of these parts in perfect shape is not easy.
To be able to develop and become a faster downhill cyclist, you need to use these different tips and advice. I can not say that it is a hocus pocus, but it is really about pretty basic things. But it is important to really do them and do them thoroughly. Virtually no one succeeds or has succeeded without having the basics in place.
Here we go through some of the absolute best tips to become a faster downhill cyclist.
Of course, it may be that you may already be doing everything, but then just keep going. Also, make sure to focus and really go into yourself and think about what it is you are missing to take it to the next level.
Learn the Basics
Take a step back and think about which of the basics of downhill and mountain biking you do not fully master. Make sure you learn and understand the mechanics behind the basics such as manuals, bunny jumps, turning in berms (dosed curves), and more. Do this before focusing on cycling as fast as possible. You will see development and another bonus is that it will be much more fun to ride a bike.
Cycling a lot
It may sound like a strange piece of advice to give but keep up. You should of course primarily drive downhill, but feel free to top with bmx track (or why not bmx), drive pump tracks and dirt. Also, ride cross country and challenge yourself on that kind of bike. When cycling, feel free to use Cycling on a hardtail or bmx that does not forgive mistakes to the same extent as a downhill bike.
The length, surface, and character of the tracks vary greatly and this places different demands on you as a cyclist. By training versatile and varied, you increase your body’s ability. Cycling, riding motocross, running, swimming, skiing, gym – do as much as you can. Or find what you think is fun and stick to those forms of exercise. But still do more than just cycling. It’s evolving!
Dare to Compete
Competing can be a little scary and inconvenient. It gets nervous and you are afraid of failure. Do not be, do not worry, run your race! It is fun to compete and you can learn a lot from everyone else who drives. Aim to develop – let investments come second. Use the competition as part of your development, to meet others, and to just get the feeling that you are a downhill cyclist.
Last but not least, just like in other sports and other things in life, it is important to get out of comfort and your “Comfort Zone”. Push yourself to test that line that looks a little scary and difficult. Skip that hope. Do it, test. You need and should absolutely not risk anything, but sometimes the fear of the little unknown is very inhibiting. Just do it! To develop, you sometimes have to do what does not feel quite a hundred. That’s when you grow as a cyclist!
It will always be a lot of cycling for me because I offer downhill courses in a mountain environment in Åre. It offers fantastic downhill cycling with new, fresh trails.
I always cycle with my course participants, except at the last course when I had injured my knee in an accident. But then I instead sat down at the starting point and my son cycled with them down. In the meantime, I planned upcoming lessons by going through cycling videos. However, there was some time left so I took the opportunity to play a little at letsplayuno and pokerstars. But just as I was in a winning mood I saw my course participants coming down the hill and to the goal, so I had to put my phone away.
However, they were so happy with the whole course and I hope you also enjoyed the small advices I gave here. It was just some basic tips on how you can develop yourself as a downhill cyclist.
Again, no revolutionary or hocus pocus, just the basics and good starting points.