Overview : The Shake, Rattle n Roll skills loop and adjacent skinny skills area, "The Siding" is the perfect place for beginners,... more »
The Shake, Rattle n Roll skills loop and adjacent skinny skills area, "The Siding" is the perfect place for beginners,... more » families and intermediate riders to hone their skills.
Located adjacent to the popular Calamunnda Camel Farm, the 800m track has 7 interpretive signs leading in to suitable obstacles. Stop and read the signs to pick up some tips to improve your skills.
The skills loop was constructed by RocknRoll mountain biking, who provide skills courses and guided rides. Funding came from the Live Lighter campaign and the project was managed by WAMBA. less «
Stop and read all the signs to improve your skills. The text and photos from the signs are included in the POIs for this guide.
The... more » second half of the loop doesn't have any signs, but there are plenty of obstacles to practise your new skills on. less «
Mountain biking requires fluid and dynamic balance on your bike. You need to move your weight and bike around to tackle the different terrain on the trail. However, you should have a balanced position to return to. This position is called the neutral body position, also sometimes referred to as the attack position.
This neutral body position is... More the best position to tackle rough or uneven terrain and trail obstacles.
The key points of this position are as follows:
Stand over your seat
Arms and legs slightly bent
Cover your brakes
ROCK N ROLL MTB RIDING TIP: Try riding the following obstacles while staying seated on your bike and then ride them in the neutral body position. You should find you have more control and be able to ride faster in this position.Less
Precision braking is the means to good speed and control on your bike. Excessive braking robs you of your speed and control, and causes serious trail damage. Anticipation is the key, keep looking ahead and brake well before the corner or obstacle. Use the one finger braking technique, this will give you better grip and cause less hand fatigue.... More Brake in short bursts, feathering the brakes, try to use your front brake as much as possible.
The key points of to braking are as follows:
Brake before the corner or obstacle
Brake in short bursts
70% of braking should be front brakes
Use one finger braking
ROCK N ROLL MTB RIDING TIP: To ride trails faster, practise using your front brake. Using precision and control means less braking, allowing you to carry more speed. Brake in the marked zone with your front brake and then try to ride the corner without braking.Less
Cornering is one of the most technical skills in mountain biking. Your control, skill and speed lies in the way you corner. When approaching a corner, keep looking ahead, set your speed and change your gears. Once you have entered the corner only focus on the exit point of the corner. When in the corner lean your bike and not your body. Put your... More weight on the outside pedal, pushing it down. Keep your body low and weight the front of the bike.
The key points of to cornering are as follows:
Brake and set gears before the corner
Focus on the exit of the corner
Lean your bike not your body
Put your weight on the outside pedal
Keep low and weight on the front wheel
ROCK N ROLL MTB RIDING TIP: It is important to lean your bike and not your body. This technique helps gain traction and keeps you balanced. As you ride through the following series of corners, try leaning your bike and keeping pressure on the front wheel.Less
Climbing requires you to shift your weight to maintain balance and control of your bike. When you feel your front wheel lifting you are losing this balancing point. Without balance and control you will not be able to steer and you will lose traction. As you climb you will need to move your weight forward on the bike, you do this by leaning forward... More on the bike and applying pressure onto the front wheel. As the climb becomes steeper you will need to move your weight forward on the saddle too.
The key points of this climbing are as follows:
Move weight forward
Keep pressure on the front wheel
Stay seated, it takes less enegry
Pick a smooth line
Pedal in a steady motion
ROCK N ROLL MTB RIDING TIP: As you climb uphill try moving your weight forward on the bike. Do this by leaning into the handlebars and moving your weight forward on the saddle. You should notice you have more control and balance.Less
Sight the edge of the drop off, and approach in the neutral body position with your leading foot forward. As the front wheel goes over the edge, push the bike forward and move your weight back over the rear wheel. Don’t pull up on the bars, all movement must come from your feet and a downwards movement on takeoff. Keep your weight centred as you... More ride out, too much weight forward or back will cause you to be unbalanced.
The key points of to riding drop offs are as follows:
Sight the drop off and set your speed
Leading foot forward
Push the bike forward
Move your weight back
Return to the neutral body position
ROCK N ROLL MTB RIDING TIP: Progress your skills...... there’s no quick way to master this skill, so start small. Start with manageable drops and then as your skills and confidence grow, step up the size of the dropLess
Berms are banked turns and they allow you to carry more speed through a corner. They give you increased traction due to the G-forces of your speed and the large contact area of your tyres. The fundamental skills are the same as cornering. Check your speed and select your gear before the corner, look ahead and focus on the exit lines. You should... More use the neutral body position, with level pedals, drop your inside shoulder and keep your head up.
The key points to riding berms are as follows:
Brake and choose your gear before the berm
Look ahead and focus on the exit line
Keep your pedals level
Drop your inside shoulder and keep your head up
Ride the berm in a smooth arc, don't turn in the berm
ROCK N ROLL MTB RIDING TIP: Good line choice is the key to riding berms fast. Ride the berm in one smooth arc rather than cutting the corner. Come in wide and high and cut down the berm towards the exit. If you misjudge don’t turn or brake in the berm just ride it out and try again.Less
This skill helps you deal with different obstacles like rocks, log rolls, step ups and steep ledges. By lofting your front wheel you will miss the steepest part of the obstacle and therefore carry more speed and use less energy. Select a gear that allows you to pull up the front wheel. Power into the pedal stroke with your leading foot, pull back ... Moreon the bars and get your hips back. Once the front wheel clears the transition, move your weight forward, lift your rear wheel and pedal out of the obstacle.
The key points to lofting are as follows:
Select correct gear and check speed
Freewheel up to obstacle
Power into the pedal stroke
Pull back on bars, get hips back
Move your weight forward
Lift your rear wheel
ROCK N ROLL MTB RIDING TIP: As the obstacles get bigger you may find yourself stalling out on the top of the transition. Don’t panic or apply your brakes. Pedal and try to ride it out. Remember momentum is your friend in mountain biking.Less