The learning curve is pretty big with this sport. It seems like it's just about "riding a bike" - which is something most people learn to do when they are 3 or 4 years old. But it's not that simple, especially with mountain biking. It IS still just riding a bike: the basic balance, the pedaling, the handlebars and brake levers. But mountain biking is highly technical. You have to learn balance on a bike at slow speed. You have to learn where to look through a curve in the trail, how to roll over stumps and roots rocks - and know what kinds of dirt or gravel will or will not hold your tire's grip. In mountain biking you learn how to lean the bike over to make a turn, while still staying upright enough to force those tire edges into the ground. It's technical, but it's also so very simple! But there is a learning curve. Hopefully this library of how-to's will straighten that curve out for you - or at least help you know where you should be looking to get around that curve!
kick apps tools for training & fun
Training peaks app
Coach Cammie keeps this updated every week to help you peak at just the right time for races. It's been known to produce #1 results!
Log your ride with the free version of Strava. Give and receive "kudos" to others on the team. It's a great way to get to know others on the team.
TrailForks is a great way to discover new trails across the state and beyond. It's also a great way to not get lost when you're on an unfamiliar trail.
"My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library."
-- Peter Golkin, NASA scientist