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Line Selection with Rich Lafferty Riding Schools

Rich Lafferty

Line selection into a corner is very crucial in learning to carry momentum into a turn.

Number one in carrying momentum is looking up and learning to read trail, to actually see an opportunity of where you can use the outside of the trail to carry that extra little bit of speed into the turn. Understand that by doing this, you also have to brake less. By using the outside of the trail on the entrance, it opens up the arc of the turn and it isn’t as tight as the existing line that everyone else uses and requires less braking.

Most riders look down in front of their wheel and focus on the same line that everyone else uses. To remedy this situation in practice, get in the habit of coming out of a corner and looking up to the next turn. This does not mean that you don’t look back in front of your wheel. It’s a constant scan from your front tire and down the trail. This makes it easier to find those edges required to carry momentum into a corner, but also allows the rider to ride more defensively, ready for obstacles such as logs, ruts and other trail obstacles that can stop forward progress and momentum.

Looking ahead and using the outside edge also helps to avoid those braking bumps coming into a turn. Once you find that outside line, most times, you will drop to the main line. Front wheel placement is key. On a tight turn, where there is a tree on the inside, the rider has to place the front wheel slightly high on the berm to avoid contact with the tree on the inside. But, not so high that the front wheel washes up and over the berm.

The next time you are out riding, try playing around with these techniques and see how affects your corner speed, especially if you're riding a grass track and you have more room to play.

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