Joanna's Game Changers - 3 FUNDAMENTALS THAT WILL GET YOU TO RIDE OBSTACLES BETTER
Allow Joanna Dobinson’s 21 years on the bike to get your flow on! She will show you a new ‘ game changer’ every few months that will add great confidence to your ride! Weather you are cruising down a trail, hitting a rock garden or negotiating an A-form bridge, have these 3 ‘mantras’ in your head always !
MOMENTUM It’s your friend! But always be in control and always be responsible with your speed.
It’s super important! Ladies - NEVER ride over and obstacle or down a hill sitting on your saddle for one more day in your life! It’s not safe and it certainly is not fun inducing!
LOOK FAR AHEAD Lift your chin! Watch 4 meters to 10 meters ahead as as your speed increases. This will give your brain time to react to what's coming at you, so you can choose the right line in time!
THE ATTACK POSITION DECONSTRUCTED
So many riders don’t know this version of the attack position. In the past 4 years I have personally trained over 4000 riders on my own and very few riders know this position. Take a picture of these pics and go and practice it on a field, it will feel strange, especially as it stretches into your calves, but trust me you will be thanking me, as you feel the confidence it bring you on there trail!
Raise yourself off the saddle and place your feet in the 50 /50 options ( 3 o clock and 9 o clock) to balance your bike, and to prevent pedal strikes on rocks and roots.
Drop your heels - This shifts your weight to the back of your bike. Legs straight but your knees are soft for shock absorption.
Elbows out - This lowers your weight to the front of your bike . I created the saying ; ‘ Boobs2bar!’ to try get ladies to get their elbows out and chest towards the handle bar. The sticker is very popular! Once your heels are dropped and your chest is towards the handle bar you will feel very stable. Your chin will be directly over your headset.
THIS STABLE ATTACK POSITION IS BECAUSE YOUR BIKE IS NOW CENTERED! MEANING ALL YOUR WEIGHT IS OVER THE BOTTOM BRACKET. A CENTERED BIKE IS A FAST BIKE! TRY IT!
THE WRONG POSITION!
Weight too far back! You only need to go into this position on a really steep drop off or super steep decent! . Also not looking ahead.
Arms straight which throws you forward and puts your chin over your front wheel...so you can easily OTB (Over the bar)
Flat feet or toes pointed down - shifts your weight too far over the front of the bike.