Two different ways up a tight switchback at @morcpics @lebanonhills with a downhill slab after the turn. 1. Front wheel inside the round rock at the base of the switchback. A track stand at the start: A) gave me time to scope out my line up the incline as I ended up too close to the tree in previous attempts; and B) it gave me time to weight my rear wheel (19-second mark) before applying torque to the leading left pedal, as I was spinning out in previous attempts. After rounding the tree at the top, I rock the front wheel sideways to the left as I'd crashed on the slab in a previous attempt. I added 2 old photos to the video to show the slab. It's tricky because one's wheel is turned sharply left as contact is made. If you don't have time to straighten it by the time you ride off the end of the slab, it's OTB time. 2. Front wheel outside the round rock at the base of the switchback. I'd dabbed so many times to the inside as I pedaled up the incline in previous attempts that I wanted to see if 'straightening the turn' a bit would give me a more reliable route up. Rocking the front wheel sideways 3 times did the trick. It also enabled me to go wider around the tree which in turn allowed for a straighter route over the slab. 57 seconds, 50% slowmo
Newbie! Some progress in jumping my @advocatecycles Watchman fat bike at @morcpics's @lebanonhills yesterday. A little bit of fear, a little more confident, a lot more fun. I could get hooked on this. I'm still a little nose-heavy on most of my practice runs so I'm working on that. But yeah, progress! 20-second video:
This video is a mini-dissection of my technique to get over this uphill log pile on the final X exit of @lebanonhills yesterday. (Another view of it here: https://vimeo.com/167068405 ) The log pile is at the end of a long climb so it's both the uphill approach and the exhaustion factor that makes it challenging. Pro mountain biker/coach Kirt Voreis & fellow coach Russ Risdon @trik_mountain_bike_skills posted a cool how-to-ride cartoon to their Instagram account a few weeks ago that does a good job at explaining the techniques for how to get over an obstacle like this.
Another view of it:
Back in April, I rode the Admiral Rockbar portion of the COGGS Piedmont mtb trail that runs along the cliff above Haines Rd in Duluth. A few photos:
I entered a video of me riding it, taken with my GoPro, chesty view. This image links to the Instagram post with the 15-second video:
Mid-November here in Minnesota is a good time of year to try riding some MTB obstacles that I’ve been avoiding. Why? It’s not too hot to armor up completely and I have all winter to heal should my lack of skill make me pay a price.
1. Riding down the big rock at the end of the wooden bridge in the X loop of the Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail. It’s a steep drop, made trickier because the landing is the bridge over a 4-foot culvert with some rocks down below. I rode it just as it started to rain. It took me 4 attempts to clean it. 20-second vid:
Last Saturday was IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (#TKMBD). I’m on the board of CROCT and we got a late start on planning activities for it. But rather than doing nothing, we decided at almost the last minute to invite CROCT members to meet at MORC’s Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail where Dakota County was hosting its annual Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival.
We had 5 kids and 4 adults show up and we all had a blast among the many hundreds of others who attended. We’ll be better organized for next year’s TKMBD!
See the album of15 photos and a 1-minute video on the CROCT blog post.