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Gain speed with a Kung Fu Power Wheelie

Gain speed with a Kung Fu Power Wheelie


Because you’re that kind of person, you’re riding back up the descent you just shredded down. Smooth, easy power is your style, and this climb is so easy. But there’s that boulder, and you don’t have enough speed to coast over it. No matter: You stay seated until the last moment, uncork a power wheelie up the face, then pump down the backside. Wait a second . . . did you actually gain speed over that boulder? Yep, you sure did.


The rules:

  1. Gaze softly beyond The Thing
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Learn the mental and emotional skills needed to win

Learn the mental and emotional skills needed to win


There is a 0.1 percent chance you might beat Brian physically, but there’s a 0.00001 percent chance you’ll beat him mentally. That’s why he has done so much winning over so many decades.

There is a 0.1 percent chance you might beat Brian physically, but there’s a 0.00001 percent chance you’ll beat him mentally. That’s why he has done so much winning over so many decades.


In any competitive class, a handful of people have the physical strength and skills to win. To win, you need the emotional and mental skills to hold it together throughout the race. Here are some tips to make you as stony as a statue.


Race for the Right Reasons

Competition can stoke youand ...

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Master these pedaling drills

Master these pedaling drills


You can get fancier and infinitely more complicated drills, but these are our favorite drills for improving pedal stroke. Do these on the trainer and on the road while you’re learning (what else is going on?); then, try to fit them into your trail rides. When you start feeling miserable on a climb, this is a great thing to focus on.


Start in the saddle.
When you can do these moves sitting, practice them standing.


Drill 1: Push Across the Top

When you push the pedal across the top of the ...

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