MTB Coach Shares How to Time Mountain Bike Jumps and Break Bad Descending Habits

Mountain bike skills instructor Jeremiah Stone tells us how to time jumps, break bad descending habits, and improve our climbing.

Jeremiah Stone is a mountain bike skill instructor who has taught hundreds of riders across the western USA with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance and the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy. He’s also a freelance trail builder and machine operator in addition to being a skilled rider.

In this interview, we ask:

  • How did you develop your own mountain bike skills? Did you have a coach?
  • Do you think today’s mountain bikes make it easier to be a good biker, compared to the equipment that was available in the old days?
  • Timing seems to be a big factor when it comes to landing jumps or clearing doubles. How can riders develop a good sense of timing and speed?
  • Why is it easier to ride a technical feature once you’ve seen someone else ride it first?
  • What are some common bad habits when it comes to technical trail descending?
  • Beyond improving physical fitness, are there skills that can make climbing on the bike more tolerable?
  • Do you have any tips for helping riders overcome their fear of trying something new? How does that advice change for someone recovering from a traumatic crash?

This episode first aired on February 22, 2021.

Connect with Jeremiah on Instagram @vitabrevis and learn more at

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