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Discussion: Cornering

in: tRicky; tRicky > 2016-01-23

Jan 23, 2016 12:59 PM # 
The back half or horny devil - I think tis claled burn and turn or iditichy - is ideal for what you are trying to do, flaccid ashback is great too but you have a mean climb back out of it whereas you can do circuits on iditichy, green link to camel farm, road back to main junction and start again - loads of speed and cornering and you can use the road climb as your recovery.
Jan 23, 2016 1:13 PM # 
Ta, I did do that one once today on the way through - after bailing on the Munda Biddi from the Pickering Brook direction I turned left to do the bottom half of Muffin Tops across the powerline trail then continued onto Horny Devil through to Black Stump then the crapness that is Slippery When Dry and Joeys Line and Dugite before bailing out to Flaccid. I did think it was a good one to use - nice and fast flowing with plenty of turns.

I think I need more practice at actual turning, i.e. at junctions, since this is where I'm losing time. Problem is I'm never doing practice at race pace except for these nice downhill single track bits and single track turns tend to be designed for easy cornering whereas at trail junctions I have a habit of sliding out more.

Haha, recovery on a downhill single track :P HR is usually below recovery levels when I'm not pedaling.
Jan 23, 2016 1:23 PM # 
Why arent you pedalling? :P

Also slippery when dry is terrible - turn right and take the green trail youll get back to camel farm faster and its more flowly and gravelly - will keep you in your training.if you want t-junction practice just go to one of the mtbo maps which have gravel t-junctions galore and burn around them.
Jan 23, 2016 1:54 PM # 
That'll be next week's plan. I'll probably alternate my cornering session between fire trail and single track because I need practice in both (although Sunday endurance sessions are mainly fire trail anyway). I can easily pass many riders in any XC race on hills or fire trail but hit the single track and they catch back up (or get away if I'd been sitting behind them).
Jan 23, 2016 1:59 PM # 
what sholding you back on single trail - i find it easier as you know majority of its graded and good to go and flow.
Jan 23, 2016 3:16 PM # 
Concern about hitting trees.
Jan 23, 2016 11:41 PM # 
As long as you can ride a line you won't trees
Jan 24, 2016 12:57 AM # 
Go back and read tRicky's log from a few years ago. He had some sick sort of tree-hugging thing going. :)

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