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Video: learning to bunny hop is helping me learn to jump

Learning to jump, dealing with fears: video interview with mountain bike coach Elaine Bothe

During the month of Feb, MTB coach Elaine Bothe was our first featured guest expert in my Mountain Bike Skills Network (MTBSN) Facebook Group, focusing on two topics: 1) Fear; 2) Jumps. (See my Feb. 9 blog post for more about Elaine.)

Earlier this month, I conducted a video interview with her. The topics were the same as her online appearance: dealing with fear; and learning to jump. (I goofed on the recording, neglecting to recording the audio of my questions for her so it’s taken me a while to patch things together.)

MTB FEARS – VIDEO Q&A WITH MTB COACH ELAINE BOTHE, PART 1:

LEARNING TO JUMP – VIDEO Q&A WITH MTB COACH ELAINE BOTHE, PART 2:

Video: getting more comfortable on drops and jumps

Video: progress on jumps

Video: riding up a dirt bank as preparation for learning table top jumps

Practicing on a bank helped me to nail my first table top jump yesterday. Using a bank before attempting table tops is recommended by post and video by pro @philkmetz in his blog post/video at http://philkmetz.com/videos/2016/4/11/how-to-jump-a-mountain-bike After a half dozen or so runs up the bank, I added a cone to see if I could get higher. That gave me enough confidence to take a run at the small table top jump in our local skills park. Voila! I can see I need to crouch lower on my approach so that I can get more height when I unweight/unload upwards as my back wheel hits. That extra height would mean I'd need less speed, as I overshot the table top a bit on that last run. I'm psyched to have a whole new world opening up to me.

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Video: learning to jump from Phil Kmetz, part 1

 

See Phil Kmetz’s blog post titled How To Jump A Mountain Bike