– So rolling up to your local race or even your local trail center which might have some gnarly terrain on it can be pretty daunting.
Much like the rock garden we're sitting on.
– Yeah totally.
So hereare tips to keep you safe, fun and fast.
(energetic upbeat music) – So Rich you love goingfast and are a racer through and through.
How do you interpret a rock garden like this? – [Rich] Great questionHenry.
Well when there's a lot of different linechoices I'll often have a look at like what's quickest, I'lllook at what's most direct, what's possibly the roughestand take all those factors into account and come up withsort of the best way through generally the quickestway.
Now the quickest way in this section thatwe've got in front of us would be the straight lineand gap over these rocks right through the middle.
– Yeah, I mean for a riderlike myself I'm not so concerned with thosemilliseconds so I tend to balance risk, consequence and speed.
– I probably would be coming out on that rider's left and cuttingthrough there to get a nice line in for that turn.
– [Rich] Yeah, definitely.
We've even got a third line here which is actually comingout round where you are.
It's a further distanceand it's definitely slow because there's moreturning but you got to ride within your limits sometimesso that's the safest option, middle is the quickest andwe've got like a halfway house for those who're feelinga bit in the middle there.
– Yeah, main line ofconfidence could often be a good option for me.
– For sure.
Right HenryI think it's about time we put our money where ourmouth is and get as rowdy as this music behind us.
Let's ride all threelines and compare them.
(rowdy music) (excited laughing) (joyfulness) – [Rich] So, we've checked out the trail, we've checked out our rough sections.
– Yes, – And we've done line choice.
You think we can do it? We're confident.
What affects you with your confidence Henry? – I mean like prettymuch any mountain biker I've had some crashes whichhave knocked my confidence.
I think the big thing regarding confidence is to remember your basic skills.
Think of looking up, thinkof pumping the terrain.
Something like those jaggeredy rocks, that they all have an up and a down slope.
– They do.
– So think about that.
You can break it down and give you theconfidence knowing you own those skills could get you through it.
– [Henry] Yeah, for sure.
Iwould definitely say that going in with a really strong, positive mindset.
If you go in sort of a bitnervous and a bit timid you're probably going to gowrong.
You go in thinking I'm going to smash this youprobably going to smash it in a good way.
(pleasant laughing) (rowdy music) – Now this is potentially a tip for more of the racers out there butI like to think it applies to anyone as well really.
And that is practice and repetition.
Now whenyou get to a tough section like I said at a race orat your local trail center, hitting that section moreand more is going to be hugely beneficial.
It's goingto improve your confidence, it's going to improve your muscle memory, your bike handling skills.
So when you do get to that to that section at a different race say, or a different trailcenter just tackling it in a different environment isreally going to pay dividends.
(explorative music) – So, how does to set a bikeup on rough, rowdy terrain? Well that's the milliondollar question and something lot's of world cup andEco-best teams strive for.
And the things you cando is if you're diving through all your travelcertainly firm up the suspension maybe some tire insertsif you're dinging rims.
But think of the basics.
Tirepressure is a real big one and body position is oftenking.
So if you're struggling with your set up why notask a friend to video you through a rock garden andyou'll be amazed at how much info you can get from that just seeing how the bike is balanced.
(rowdy music) (Rich relieved) – Hi mate.
– Here you are mate.
Now Idon't mean to be rude mate or assume anything but whenhitting these rough sections that we're talking about, sometimes following a faster rider is actually really helpful I even follow me a fair bit, how's that been helpful? – So I'm glad you broughtthis up.
Cause I need to acknowledge that you are a better rider and a better human than mein pretty much every regard.
But joking aside, following you, following me or following Blake; When Iwas a world cup mechanic, not a world cup racer.
So for me I'm always picking up tips frombetter or faster riders.
– Agreed mate.
Yeah, I still get it now following guys out there.
Different people see things in different ways and that canopen up sections massively.
So if you know someone like that whose a bit quickerthan you or a bit faster they might see somethingin a different way ask if you can follow them through.
I'm sure it will makea world of difference and that'll really open upwhat you think you can do.
– And you could become a better human too.
(bicycle tires on gravel) (tired cheering) – Nice – Okay so that was our tips and tricks for riding the roughest terrain.
I really hope they've helped you and you've enjoyed them and also made you a better rider.
I mean, have they made you a better rider? – Well not only have theymade me a better rider but they've also made me a better man.
How about we continue this conversation over a bottle of Chilean Red? (Henry excited) – I thought you'd never ask.
(upbeat music trailing off).