I realised that mountain biking cross-country tips are essential for us to win the game when I just rode to the suburbs with my friends and found that they couldn’t catch up with me.
Mountain biking cross-country combines mountain biking and cross-country runs, making full use of the rugged terrain and the obstacles set for the contestants to create different difficulties. To win the game, it requires athletes to have comprehensive bicycle skills and a certain degree of adaptability and superhuman strength.
Compared to the road bike, the frame of the mountain bike for cross-country games is thicker and its wheels are wider. This design allows the bike to adapt to the bumpy road to make them run faster and longer than road bikes. An excellent mountain cross-country bike can handle almost any road conditions.
So, after learning something about mountain biking cross-country game and its bike, what should we do to conquer different road conditions when taking a mountain biking cross-country game?
1. When on the off-chamber paths.
Some stretches of the road slope to the side of the cliff steeply, and if you brake or make a great movement, it will result in the tire losing its grip and sliding out of the edge of the road. If you know the following skills, most of you will be able to cross it safe and sound.
First of all, dealing with the off-chamber paths is like taking a turn, tilt your body instead of your bike. The inclination of the path is like the curvature of the turning, you use the same energy and then you will know that your tires are as sticky as glue, which makes it not to slip out.
Secondly, avoid speeding up on the path with a downward slope, but maintain a certain speed before arriving the end and glide over the pavement. And if you need to put some force to cross it, please speed up gently and smoothly.
What is more, select the middle route to avoid squeezing to the top of the ramp.
Last but not least, put all your weight on the pedal below the incline and you will find it is very good for your tires to snap and catch the ground. On some other similar terrains, this skill also applies. All you need to do is standing on the pedal and glide until you pass it.
2. When on the rocky area.
When you hit a rock, a bike with double shock-proof function is more capable and you will be more confident to cross it. The rocky area may be in a flat section (usually near a stream), an uphill or a downhill, but the basic technique is the same.
Firstly, move forward with energy and convictions. When riding at low speeds, the upper and lower vibrations caused by the road conditions and suspension systems will consume a lot of energy; So if you hit a large rock at a similar rate of walking, you will not be able to move forward and you stop. So, just maintain a certain speed and stabilise your upper body as if you were setting off to run over these stones.
Secondly, choose a good route in advance, and keep this route moving forward, but don't be paranoid that you can through the rocky area smoothly. Select a path as good as you can, and when you hit a rock, try to keep the wheel perpendicular to it and run over it.
Thirdly, raise a gear position the one before entering the rocky area. In this way, you can avoid your rear wheel sliding when obstacles are encountered.
Next, get ready to change your route at any time, take a good look at the front of the stone ahead of your front wheel so as to avoid the front wheel sliding. If suddenly you were ejected from the original route, keep your sight on the original route, step as smooth as possible, so that you can bounce back to the original planning route.
What is more, if you are going to cross the rocky area in the downhill sections, avoid using the brakes as much as possible. The best way is to glide through the entire area. But if the brakes have to be used, use the front brake and the rear brake at the same time when the stone is small and you can control it relatively stable. The brakes must be released when encountering larger stones or running out of the planning route. It is the root of all disasters to pull the brakes and try to run over the stone.
Finally, never give up. If the front wheel is blocked, try to continue to trample. Usually, this will allow the bike to retreat a little, and you will have the opportunity to choose the path next to it and continue to ride. And do not look back, pretending that this is easy to do.
3. When entering hairpin turns.
Hairpin turns refers to the turns with a shape like a girl’s hairpin, which is very difficult to conquer. Turning the hairpin turn on a monorail path requires a very rigorous approach. Taking the turn is not easy for a bike because most typical hairpin turns have rocks exposed to the spire of the corners. There are two ways to ride a hairpin turn: one is to make a use of the front brake and use the front wheel as the axle and then raise the rear wheel; the other is simply to ride over the turn.
In the first place, approach the hairpin turn at a speed similar to walking, ride on the right side of the turn as much as possible, and use the front and rear brakes uniformly. You should avoid sideslip on no conditions.
The most important thing is to make a wide-curve turn immediately and make sure your front wheel is almost touching the inside edge of the turn when the front wheel reaches the top of the inner corner of the turn. The key of this skill is to have the biggest curve before entering the second part of the hairpin turn.