Mountain Biking – Cornering

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mountain biking expert Scott Scudamore discusses mountain biking, including cornering.

    Scott Scudamore: Hi! My name is Scott Scudamore. We are talking today about how to ride a mountain bike with confidence. In this clip we are going to talk about Cornering. Very, very important that when you come into a turn that you are looking out of the turn and not right at the apex, should be looking ahead. If you need to slow your speed down, you should slow your speed prior to getting into the turn, so that when you get to the actual turn itself, that is when you are starting to accelerate and again you are looking ahead, you are not looking at the front tier, you are looking ahead. Another important point is that you should be having the weight on the outside of the turn; so if I am going on the left-hand turn, the weight should be on my right foot. If I am going on a right-hand turn, the weight should be on my left foot. So, Shawn is going to come through right now and you are going to see, how his body is; he has got his elbow slightly bent and he is turning and he is putting that weight on the outside of his foot. A lot of times you will have the paddle on the inside will be up and the outside will be down, as he is making that turn. He is going to come through again and show the same thing coming from the other direction. Again, he is just paddling through and not looking at the front wheel; he is just looking straight ahead. So a couple of things to keep in mind, when you are going through the corner make sure that you are looking through the corner and not at the corner, very-very important. Coming through again, at speed, he is leaning, he is leaning with his outside foot and he is leaning into the turn. The other thing to keep in mind is actually going to be leaning into the turn, not turning the handle bar, but just leaning his body and then automatically turn from. He is going to come through one more time, so you can see that flow as he is coming through and he is just leaning his body as he is turning to make the turn. So, here he comes; he is leaning his body; he did not turn the handlebars; he just leaned and went into it. So, what we tried to cover in this clip is the idea of cornering and that you are just looking straight ahead and keeping your weight distributed on the outside as you go through the turn.