The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do is written by Michael Bond and suggests that improving ourselves is not just necessarily down to us. Within the book Michael Bond presents research that says we are happiest when our friends are happy and having a big circle of friends who we listen to and learn from is the best way to help us develop.
The world of elite level mountain biking is littered with testimonies to the fact that, whether it’s friends or family you’re riding with, sharing your love of biking with others aides the amount and type of practice that you do and can push you on to achieving amazing things. You don’t have to look far to find the examples: Tracey Hannah and Mick Hannah, Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton, Josh Bryceland and Sam Dale, Cam and Tyler McCaul, Sam Reynolds, Bernard Kerr, Brendan Fairclough and Olly Wilkins, the Dudes of Hazard, the Coastal Crew, Loic Bruni and Loris Vergier and the list goes on and on and on.
The take home message here is, if you want to progress your riding more quickly, then regularly surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals is the way to go. Within this though, it is essential to make sure that, whether you’re riding with friends or have joined a club(s), the people you are surrounding yourself with want to challenge themselves and progress too. It’s easy to become consumed by the social event and miss the opportunity to practice. Make sure your meeting to ride and not riding to meet. Get it right and you’re only 20 hours away from the new skills you want to learn.
If you’re going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite.
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