What Max Verstappen (and his dad) can teach us about mountain biking

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It was the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend and during the race the commentator gave us a massive insight into what makes the difference between the best and the rest.

While talking about Max Verstappen’s achievement of moving from 16th place at the start of the race to finishing 3rd, the commentator began talking about Max’s ability to overtake other drivers. He revealed that Max’s dad used to ban him from overtaking on the easier places of racing circuits (when Max was a youngster) in order to force him to ‘read’ the actions of other drivers and understand the relative potential of other areas of the track for overtaking.

This kind of purposeful practice is what makes the difference between the good and the great so the question is when was the last time you practiced in this way?

This weekend Max Verstappen proved it’s possible to overtake on sections of a racetrack that others would think was impossible.

Michal Marosi did a similar thing in a 4x race overtaking 2 riders on a wallride.

When was the last time you tried to overtake a competitor in a race or a mate on the trails in a tricky place?

In a similar vein, Aaron Gwin won a world cup downhill race in Leogang without a single pedal stroke when he snapped his chain off the start line.

When was the last time you tried to outpace a mate on the downhill section of a trail without taking a single pedal stroke?

If you’re going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite

Adi

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