Each week of riding with Dirt Side Sisters, you will begin to see what each of these are. We will focus on body position and operations of controls first. Without learning these two skills first, we simply can’t improve on direction control, pressure control, and timing.
Once a month we will have specific focus on “skills and drills.” These sessions will teach how, when, and where to use these skills:
Body position of neutral and ready- i.e. Level pedals, covering brakes, looking forward, bent knees, bent elbows and chin over stem.
Operation of controls will help with choosing the right gear and cadence, and how and when to use the brakes.
Trail scanning/terrain awareness will teach how to look where we are going and where we want to go and if we should change the riding position to a “ready” position versus a “neutral” position or just riding along approach.
Direction control will teach how using our bodies and bike will help in loose corners, berm turns and switchbacks.
Pressure control is weighting and unweighting the bike, the pressure you apply with your body into the bike. i.e peek/push, pumping etc.
Timing and coordination aids in putting all the skills into place to allow the smooth efficient transitions over obstacles and through tight turns and applying the right pressure for brakes at the proper time.