Session Update #8

Squamish, BC

Feburary 20th,

C4 Riders head into the woods by the road on the way to Quest to where dirt jumps and a pump track are built to work on jumping and cornering, also a little bit of fun.

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“This ‘Goofing off” is actually very useful”-Cory

The riders worked on tire taps, staying low and even 180s, all with DH bikes on dirt jumps. There are definitely some talented dirt jumpers in the group, and this really showed how important it was to have bike control and to really be comfortable moving your bike around in the air, and on the ground.

Tapping the top of the jump with the rear wheel, then lifting it back up and landing both wheels at the same time on the backside of the landing.

Tapping the top of the jump with the rear wheel, then lifting it back up and landing both wheels at the same time on the backside of the landing.

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Trying to stay as low as possible and come in with the highest speed possible without over shooting the landing.

"Scubbing" as they call it in motocross is also a way of coming super fast into a jump and yet not landing flat. It's not as easy as it looks!

“Scubbing” as they call it in motocross is also a way of coming super fast into a jump and yet not landing flat. It’s not as easy as it looks!

After the dirt jump session, Cory pointed out a line that he wanted everybody to try. You could either pump the first roller, then gap two and pump the last one, or get a big pop off the first roller, land on the backside of the second and pump the last two. We often see sections like this in a race track, but usually there are rocks and roots that need to be linked up instead of dirt rollers, so it’s good to practice and get things diled before you try the real thing and risk smashing rims and pedals.

"Jump from here to over there, otherwise Blake gets to hit you with a stick." That's good motivation, isn't it?

“Jump from here to over there, otherwise Blake gets to hit you with a stick.” That’s good motivation, isn’t it?

The final drill and challenge of the day was to ride down a hill into a corner which leads to the pump track. This may not seem that hard, but riding a flatland pump track with 8 inches of front and rear travel isn’t easy, and riders have to be fit to commit 100% and make it around that pump track without getting bogged down. To make sure everyone was pushing themselves, timing gear was brought out!

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Lining Up to drop into the pump track.

As the day came to an end, some commentary was needed to keep riders motivated and to push hard through the pump track. Yelling at them like Claudio is a sure way to get people to ride fast!

As the day came to an end, some commentary was needed to keep riders motivated and to push hard through the pump track. Yelling at them like Claudio is a sure way to get people to ride fast!

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