Twice in the past week I did some sessioning with guys who wanted to depart from their usual ride-the-trails-as-fast-as-possible routine: fellow MORC members Chris Knight and David Starrs.
When they both made remarks during and after about how it was a completely foreign experience, it occurred to me to create a short video to show that sessioning a technical obstacle (in this case, a rock) typically involves a lot of failed attempts.
We all like to show either our successes or our crashes in our videos. And since the vast majority of failed attempts while sessioning are boring, they don’t make into the videos, let alone the outtakes.
Part of the fun of sessioning a technical obstacle is to find ways to make it a little harder once you’re able to consistently clean it via the easiest route:
- Approach it from different angles
- Reduce the distance of your approach (and therefore your momentum) by starting a little closer from a dead stop/trackstand. If you make it, keep reducing the approach distance
- Ride it faster or slower than normal
- Use a higher or lower gear
- If lifting your front wheel is required, experiment with a pedal wheelie if you’ve been manualing and vice versa
So here’s a video of me sessioning a rock in the XX loop at Lebanon Hills MTB park a couple weeks ago. The first 90 seconds or so show 9 different failed attempts as I was attempting to get over the rock from different angles. The last 90 seconds show 3 successful attempts in slomo. Sorry, no crashes.