Ponciau Pump Track

In Rhosllanerchrugog, South West of Wrexham, sits an excellent little pump track to hone your skills on. Getting there? Ponciau pump track is along School Lane, with the nearest postcode being LL14 1RX. Nearest bus stop is about a 4 minute walk, nearest train station is Ruabon and it’s about a 50 minute walk/15 minute cycle…

Deep Domain Expertise

I spend a lot of time writing about how the key to elite level performance is practice and how you can develop skills through multi-disciplinary skill sets ie BMX skills help in 4x, 4x cross skills help in slope style, slope style skills help in BMX etc, but the truth is, there are limits. The…

Improve your cornering with video games

One of the key traits that set elite level performers apart from the rest of the population is their dedication to practice and their willingness to engage in alternative ways of improving. A key piece of advice you will repeatedly hear is that you should do all of your braking before a corner. While there’s…

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

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…

MTB Cribs

You won’t need to read through many of my articles before you realise that I don’t believe in being gifted, blessed, lucky, talented etc (if you’re interested in understanding why, Mathew Syed’s book Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice sums it up pretty well). You get from life what you put into…

Goals

According to University College London it takes an average of 66 days to change human behaviour. As the 66th day of the year passed by last week, if you’d made new year resolutions or set goals to improve your riding and are still sticking to them now 1. You’re going to be way better than…

Reasons to ignore people when they tell you to look up on the trails

Whether it’s a rider or friend giving helpful advice on the trails, a skills coach providing instruction during a lesson or even a professional rider giving riding tips in an on-line video, a common piece of advice is to “look up along the trail” so you can see obstacles earlier and read the trail more…

Danny MacAskill on Anxiety, the ‘Zone’ & Mental Imagery

I’ve started reading Danny MacAskill’s At the Edge: Riding for My Life and on the first page of the first chapter he offers an insight into what sets him apart from the masses. Danny’s talking about recording the final scene from Cascadia where he front-flips off scaffolding and plunges into the sea. He talks about how, when…

Relentless & the Importance of Hands and Feet

This book is one I’ve read and referred back to quite a bit.  Tim S. Grover’s book Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable is about his experience working with elite level athletes in which he mainly focuses on the personality traits and work ethic that make the greatest as good as they are. The book’s…

Track Stands

The track stand is one of the most fundamental skills you can learn on a bike. As the name suggests, it’s a skill that has come from track racing and is used in the velodrome, BMX and 4x racing but it’s use is vital in many other areas too e.g. trials & street. For most…

Meditation, Mindfulness & Mountain Biking

Relaxing can make you better on a bike? Hard to believe for many but there’s more to meditation and mindfulness than may at first be apparent and optimising yourself mentally is as important as optimising yourself physically when aspiring to elite level performance. Both meditation and mindfulness are rooted in ancient Buddhism. The terms are…