The Universal Laws of Success for Mountain Bikers

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success is a book in which Albert-László Barabási outlines five laws for succeeding in any given field. He asserts that the five laws were the inescapable findings after analysing massive data sets related to sports, business, the arts, academia and innovation. So what are they and how do they relate…

Whether he knows it or not he’s produced another banger….

Chris Akrigg appears on here quite a lot as he’s a rider who produces meaningful content that people can learn from rather than the more common photogenic riding shots. His latest offering is no exception. In Chris Akrigg Process: The Tree, Chris talks us through lines he’s envisioned he can ride on a fallen tree…

Legal Action Against Peloton Gives a Useful Insight on Music for Mountain Bikers

Reports have appeared in the press this week that copyright proceedings have started against indoor cycling brand Peloton. The company make high end, networkable exercise bikes (with celebrities like David Beckham, Hugh Jackman and Ellen DeGeneres reportedly devotees) and are accused of using music for which they haven’t paid royalties. So what does this mean…

Insights from Tahnée Seagrave to Make You a Better Rider

  A few days ago Shimano published Tahnée Seagrave’s This is Home episode and there’s a few things we can take from it.     Seems like a recurring theme this year (having highlighted this in Turning Failure into Success – Fabio Wibmer’s Best of 2018 and Matt Jones Proves my Point) but from the…

Silver Linings – Powerful Insight on Mindset from Jessy Nelson

I’ve posted on mindset a couple of times this week (in You Are Awesome & What is a Growth Mindset?) and it was just over a year ago that I highlighted Martyn Ashton’s TEDx talk in which he spoke about his motivation during his rehabilitation following his life changing injury. In the below film you…

You Are Awesome

Why do elite level sports teams sign children at the age of 5? Because they know it takes around 10 years worth of practice to achieve elite level ability. If you’re young and wanting to be the next Aaron Gwin or Rachel Atherton (or be your best in any career or part of your life)…

HopeTech – Just Like Flying

Today is the start of a week long holiday for most schools in the UK. To mark it here’s Hope Technology‘s Just Like Flying. I’ve highlighted before that it takes around 10 years to achieve elite level ability (like in A story that’s got everything? or This is UR World – Kenta Gallagher and Matt Jones…

Matt Jones Proves my Point

At the start of January, I highlighted Fabio Wibmer’s Best of 2018 and said the thing that impressed me most about it wasn’t his riding, but the number of times he showed himself failing in order to succeed (in other words he falls off a lot). Roll the clock forward to this week and Matt…

The New Year Resolutions You Maybe Didn’t Think Of!

It’s the first month of the year and all around the world mountain bikers will be setting their New Year resolutions to make them stronger, fitter, more skilful etc. For some it’ll be the usual ride my bike more often or go to the gym to get fitter but research suggests there are faster ways…

Muscle Memory doesn’t exist….or does it?

The idea of muscle memory always seemed an odd one to me – why would your muscles need to remember how to move if your brain and nerves were designed to do it? The idea that muscles can remember how to move faded a while ago as our understanding of movement control developed. It’s probably…

Word of Warning – Half of Elite Level Athletes have Rotten Teeth

The Independent have today highlighted a study that is due to be published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology showing 49.1% of elite British athletes have tooth decay, with two thirds reporting their on-field performance is affected by it. The study looked at 350 sportsmen and women from nine GB Olympic teams, Team Sky, England…