Racing Sick

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Everybody has a race that they circle on their calendar and plan for year-round. This event is “the big one,” the one you train for, the one that motivates you. For 365 days you make sacrifices in order to achieve a good result. You train in the wind and rain; you eat only granola bars, …

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5 Ways You Should Train Like a Roadie

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I can feel the piercing death stares and hear the mumbled expletives even through the magical interwebs. “Why would any mountain biker in their right mind choose to actively bike like a roadie?” Though we’re all technically cyclists, the culture and personality traits of road bikers can differ dramatically from mountain bikers. Road bikers tend to lean …

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In Praise of the Noob

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Noobs take a lot of heat in the mountain bike world.  They are constantly getting passed and maybe dissed in the process.  We “expert” bikers scoff at their lack of skills and fitness.  We disparage their lack of trail etiquette and general knowledge of the care and feeding of a simple bicycle.  For some, the …

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11 Drills for Holding a Line: Gain Confidence on Skinnies and Narrow, Exposed Terrain

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The skill of riding straight–holding a line, as it’s commonly called–is one of the most fundamental mountain bike skills.  It’s not just used for riding skinnies, like the length of logs, planks, and elevated boardwalks, but staying on your line through rock gardens or along a section of narrow singletrack where precision matters. But just like the …

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Light Hands, Heavy Feet: 17 Drills to Help Make Your Riding More Stable no Matter What the Terrain

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Mountain bike coaches everywhere consider “light hands, heavy feet” a fundamental skill, right up there with the attack/ready position. Why? Jake Carsten, an IMBA ICP Instructor Trainer and one of the coaches at Dirt Dojo, puts it this way: Carrying weight in our feet vs. our hands puts our weight much lower on the bike, allowing …

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Top 10 Mountain Bike Training and Fitness Articles on Singletracks

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It’s the middle of April, and while winter still seems to be hanging on to life in many parts of the us by the tips of its bloodied, raw fingers, spring really is upon us! With spring comes spring training. Whether you’re prepping for an epic race (or race series) this year, getting in shape …

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