Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

I just returned from 3 days at Whistler's mountain bike park and it was AMAZING! I couldn't recommend it more. I went there as a cross country racer (think spandex, shaved legs, light weight bike (23 lbs) and by the end of the 3 days I was riding a 45 pound downhill bike, wearing full body armor, a full face helmet, dropping off rocks higher than I am tall, and launching table-top jumps & doubles until my hands hurt. :)

I went with two friends with the goal of improving our riding overall, and wow did we ever. We started with a 2-day Dirt Series mountain bike camp, which I highly recommend. Each day we worked on skills & drills in the morning, then applied them on longer rides in the afternoon. Whistler has all sorts of great "skills" areas with log rides, drops, ranging from 6 inches on up to 6 feet, small and large jumps, berms, etc.

Whatever the skills is that you want to work on, Whistler has the terrain for you to do it! I'll be adding more details as well as photos & videos soon.

From XC rider to DH rider in one weekend at Whistler.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Best mountain biking technique book!

I've looked at various different instructional mountain bike books and videos, and recently came across Brian Lopes's "Mastering Mountain Bike Skills". It is far and away the best book out there for improving your mountain biking skills! From beginner to advanced, it has something for everyone. And for those you who who ride with me, I'd say that 50% of of the things listed in the book are things that I need to work on, or simply can't do yet. There's plenty to grow into. The explanations are fantastic, as are the photo sequences. I highly recommend it!

It covers everything from learning how to climb without losing traction to cornering in loose terrain vs with 8 foot berms to sending a 10 foot drop or hitting a 15 foot gap jump. It's packed with tons of advice, drills, skills, and will help make anyone a better rider.