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…

Post Concussion Syndrome Rehabilitation

Picking up injuries when you’re mountain biking is inevitable and, despite the head protection, our brains are as equally at risk as any other part of our body. I posted a few weeks ago on concussion but if you’re struggling with post concussion syndrome the podcast below might be what you need. The issue is…

UK Coaching Week

Sunday 10th June 2018 has not only seen the Leogang Downhill World Cup come and go for another year but has also seen the end of Coaching Week in the UK. Health Education England state that ‘Coaching is the art of facilitating the development, learning and performance of another’ and coaches play a vital part…

Insights from Aaron Gwin on Line Choice

Aaron Gwin proved he was human in a couple of ways at Fort William. The most obvious example was when he came off during his race run. Another example came in Episode 2 of Tales of the Mob. Aaron’s renowned for his physical strength, which provides the foundation for his attacking, aggressive, all out style….

Powerful Interview with Aaron Gwin

Season 2 of RedBull’s series ‘Rob Warner Meets’ has been an interesting one so far but, for me, Aaron Gwin’s episode stands out. The reason I rate this episode so high is because of the degree of insight it gives us into Aaron’s mindset and general outlook on life. There’s an old piece of advice…

Eggs

While eggs have been a major part of the diets of body builders and other athletes for decades, there are sizeable portions of the general public who avoid them like the plague. The worlds media has been full of egg stories this week, however, after a 10 year long Chinese led study was published in…