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November 19, 2010
Galerie Defago – Champery, Switzerland
This blog predominantly represents road cycling and I try my best to keep it at that. However, the fact is that I was once a knuckle dragging mountain biker well before I became the uber cool roadie I am now. I know for a fact that many of you reading haven’t come out of the closet yet and admitted that you like to dabble on the singletrack from time to time. Therefore, just once in a while, I’ll put up the odd mountain bike post to satisfy my interest. Plus I’m just about to go to the You Yangs for a day of singletrack and buck’s night debauchery with my mountain biking mates. I thought it was an appropriate time for these mountain bike tips.
I also needed a reason to post this Danny MacAskill video that I haven’t been able to stop watching:
I know the question will be asked, so the first song is Wax & Wire – Loch Lomond, the second is The Jezabels – A Little Piece
The following mountain bike tips were written by Pat Fitzpatrick (Ride International). Pat is a good friend of mine who I did the Passportes du Soleil with in Switzerland last June. He’s also the mountain bike skills coach who I wish I had back when I was racing mtb competitively. Since I’ve known Pat I put my ego aside and started learning about proper mountain bike technique from square one. Pat is one of the few talented riders who can actually break down these techniques and teach them properly from the ground up. Many of these little things Pat talks about below are the basics that I never had anyone show me.
Pat and I have already begun our plans to head back to Switzerland for the Passportes du Soleil in 2011. After that I’ll be joining Dave Olle with Topbike Tours to tackle the Tour de France!
Also, the Australian Mountain Bike National Series is taking place at the You Yangs this weekend. Head on over if you want to see the best Aussie mountain bikers in action.
Have a great weekend!
by Pat Fitzpatrick