#TeachableTuesday — Steep downhill lava rock wall — We received many requests to see the video of @itscierrasmith riding the sketchy rock wall, so here it is… The first video is slow motion, ➡️ the second video is full speed.
The approach was one of the main reasons no one else wanted to ride it. Well, also the lava rocks are grabby and unforgiving if you make a mistake. 😳 Down the middle seemed like the best line but there’s a big lava rock at the entrance in the middle of the line. It’s a big enough rock that going over it wasn’t an option, so you had to go around it to one side or the other without clipping a pedal or hooking the derailleur. Cierra chose to drop in to the right of the rock where the line had a big rock roll in the entrance and some holes on the way down. You can hear her bottom bracket smack the first rock as she drops in. When she smacked the rock it happened at the same time the front wheel hit the next big rock, so she absorbed with her arms to keep her front end light and in control. (Smacking the bottom bracket can send you over the bars, so it’s not the best when that happens, but she handled it nicely to prevent getting bucked.) Notice how she turned the front wheel a little to the left as it transferred from the big rock to the next set of chunky rocks to ensure she stayed away from the hole, demonstrating precision control.
With the weight in her feet she allowed the bike to move down the bumpy rocks with a light front end but never let her arms extend too far away so they could maintain control of where that front wheel headed. It was a fast chute that had the added bonus of a quick turn at the bottom which she handled with controlled braking and looking where she wanted to go. Her @Rockshox Reverb seat dropper was all the way down. 💪💪💪 #mtbskills#ridebikesbehappy#livforward#howweliv
#MotivationMonday — BE HUMBLE!! — When none of us coaches felt like riding the steep, chunky lava rock wall, young @itscierrasmith showed us how it’s done... 😬💪❤️
Mountain biking can teach us what it means to be humble. Over the years I have learned that showing off can put me in the hospital, riding something I’m not ready for can end in disaster and hesitation equals devastation... 😑 This sport has taught me it’s ok to meet myself where I’m at, that nobody cares if I’m riding slower than usual and that it’s ok to stand off to the side and watch the 23-year-old ride a scary line like it’s nothing. 🤗🌟 Sometimes we just have to sit back, be humble and let someone else show us how it’s done. 💪💪💪 #behumble#ridebikesbehappy#livforward#howweliv