This post is all about simple, fun, quick and effective ways you can boost your MTB skills and confidence, ten awesome minutes at a time. It is International Awesome Week after all. Well, not officially, but let’s just make it that.
Start by giving yourself ten minutes of awesome in the backyard, or to and from the trail, a couple of times a week. And even when you’re on the trails, make it a habit to play with the trail and your environment to boost your fun and tune your skills.
Already got skills? The list below can help you keep them. (as the saying goes: ‘Use It, or Lose It’)
How to Go From Average to Awesome MTB Skills 10 Minutes at a Time:
On the Trail:
It’s all about Playing and making a Habit of it. Don’t just stand around or roll past the opportunity. Play! Who cares whether you’re 14 or 48? You’re never too old to play and have fun.
- occasionally take the harder line up the climb, instead of the ‘smarter’, easier path
- detour into the occasional rut and ride it out ((How to Ride Ruts video HERE)
- ride that downhill you haven’t ridden for months or years
- ride a rocky creek bed or hidden rockgarden
- choose the ‘A’ lines (without killing yourself!)
- practice emergency braking using the Front Braking Technique
To and From the Trail:
- ride a long line, curb or edge to tune your balance and log-crossing skills
- bunny-hop or side-hop the curbs, even when you don’t need to
- ride figure eights or tight circles while waiting for others to arrive (two hands, one hand, slow, fast, off the saddle)
- track stand at the pedestrian crossings (balance on the spot)
- find some drops to ride off, or steep slopes to fly down
Backyard or Park:
‘You Have All That You Need, Right Now’. Think outside the box and create your very own Awesome Obstacle Course with whatever you have.
- watch ’5 Backyard Drills for Awesome Mountain Bike Skills’ for inspiration (see if you can spot the rockgarden trampoline!)
- circle, figure eight or slalom the park posts or trees or broom handles
- ride up and down the steps
- practice your Hill Starts on steep grass
- ride fast through sand with total control
- get your mates to join in. Play some music. Drop your saddles. Test your MTB skills with an obstacle course Time Trial.
Show Me Your Awesome Play Habit or Obstacle Course?
If you’ve got a great idea, or a photo of your backyard obstacle course or fun trail-side detour, post it on the MTBtips Facebook page. I’d really like to see how you’re making your week awesome. AND, it might just be the inspiration another rider needs to kick-start their own Play Habit.
Enjoy! ~ Chris
PS. Please do your bit for International Awesome Week and Like or Share this article with a friend to boost their MTB skills.