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5 CONTROL SKILLS OF
MOUNTAIN BIKING
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5 CONTROL SKILLS OF MOUNTAIN BIKING
GET EVERY ABILITY YOU WANT FAR SOONER
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Great mountain biking skill is all about knowing the right things to think and do at exactly the right times, so you can adapt seamlessly with complete control to whatever is coming next, without reacting in any way.

The biggest challenge most mountain bikers have is they don’t know what to do and when to do it. With so many decisions, distractions, and thoughts about ‘what technique to do and when’ going on, is it no surprise that mountain biking is such a challenge to get great at?

Could there be an easier way to help us avoid all the risk, struggle, and indecision?
Imagine for a minute that it is possible to know exactly what to think and do at all the right times. Now imagine you have that skill.

With that skill, you’d be doing things like moving your body and bike the right way to navigate every trail feature. You would choose the right gear at exactly the right moments. You’d always choose the best riding line for your skill.
You’d do every other thing great, too. You would always power the pedals with just the right touch at exactly the right moments. You’d be in control of your energy and never waste a drop through tension or reaction. You’d brake the right way at all the right moments, and have superior traction everywhere, just to name a few more advantages.
GETTING EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT
So, let me ask you a question. 

If you did have that incredible skill, do you think you’d ride faster? 

Do you think you would have more confidence and ride far safer? Would you know how to ride every trail feature better? 

With all this skill and control do you think you would gain more power, efficiency, or endurance?

Of course you would! 

 When you know how to do all the right things at all the right times, everything you want will improve.

But, here’s the truth: If you don’t know how to do all the right things, at all the right times, none of your thoughts or actions will be coordinated with the others, and your skill will suffer...
EVERY SKILL AFFECTS EVERY OTHER SKILL
Let’s use speed as an example. Just say you want to get faster. 

When most mountain bikers want to become faster, they usually try to do one or more of the following: Get fitter, brake less, pedal more, take more risks to try to hold more speed, learn more riding techniques, or try to improve their reaction speed. 

Sure, some of those things can help you go faster. But, will you automatically develop more control and skill just because you have added more speed and are now moving yourself faster along the trail?

No, you won’t. 

That’s just like doubling the horsepower of your car. Sure, it might go faster in a straight line, but that doesn’t mean it will turn corners or do anything else better.

The problem with only focusing on “getting faster” is you’ll simply be riding faster out of control!

Another way to look at it is like this:

If you only focus on trying to ride faster, how do you know that will also improve every other area of your skill?

Will adding more speed automatically make you more efficient? Will you automatically have more grip? Will you become safer, or more confident? 

No. None of that is guaranteed.
THE DESTRUCTION YOU CAN'T SEE
If you simply add more speed you might become more efficient in some moments, but in others you’ll be braking too late, or missing opportunities for better exit speeds. 

In some situations you might find more momentum makes it easier to balance and hold your riding line, while in others that extra speed makes you lose traction, or bounce out of control all over the place.

Adding more speed might push you to raise your tolerance for risk, yet you’ll be riding on edge more than ever before, and have bigger crashes. Adding more speed might inflate your ego, but your true confidence will not have improved at all. 

Can you see how focusing on only part of your mountain biking – such as “getting faster”, makes you lose control over many other areas of your skill?
COORDINATING ALL YOUR DECISIONS DECISIONS AND ACTIONS
The reason this happens is because we haven’t stopped to consider how that thing we want more of is going to affect our control over all the other areas of our skill. 

It’s the same situation when we want to make any improvement to our mountain biking.

If you choose to ride slower so you can be safer, how is that going to affect your complete riding skill?

In some cases you’ll be safer, yet in others it will be more difficult to balance and keep control. 
What if you want to “put more power down” up a climb and choose to wrestle the handlebar, bend your back, and mash the pedals.

How is that going to affect your complete riding skill? 

If you’re not considering other things like your balance, stability, and posture at the same time, you’ll be wasting a lot of energy. It might feel like you’re sending every drop of power to the pedals, but you’re killing your control over your skill in many ways.

All that thrashing and moving your weight about is constantly affecting your balance and upsetting your traction at each wheel. Those little interruptions in traction kill your momentum – the very thing you’re fighting the bike to get more of!

And that’s just the beginning of the problems wrestling the handlebar causes.
HOW MUCH ARE YOU SABOTAGING?
Put simply: Every single thing we think and do on the bike has an effect on everything else we think and do on the bike.

If we don’t know how to coordinate all our decisions and actions so no part of our skill is negatively affected, we will constantly be sabotaging our true potential every moment of our rides.

The good news is it is very simple to stop sabotaging ourselves and get the extraordinary ability we desire. All it takes is learning five powerful Control Skills. 

When we coordinate each of those control skills with the other, we end up doing the right things at the right times, which gives us the ability to ride in control in advance.
WHAT THE FIVE CONTROL SKILLS GIVE US
1. Focus Control – which gives us complete control over selecting the rights parts of the trail in a pattern of thought that then helps us time every decision and all our speed, position and gear actions

2. Speed Control – gives us complete control over our speed so we’re always riding at the right speed

3. Position control – gives us complete control over our balance, stability, and posture, so we’re always moving our body and bike the right way

4. Gear Control – gives us complete control over leveraging our pedalling power the best way possible

5. Embracability – gives us complete control over accepting future change and empowering our will to succeed

Now, have a think about three completely different trail features: a jump, a corner, and a thin plank over a river. 

They might look different to each other, but for each of those features, we still need to know how to Control our focus on the right parts of the feature at the right time, so we can create our riding line, and know when to adjust our speed, position and gear.

We might ride each different trail feature at different speeds, too, but it’s the same speed control skill we need, to ride all of them with extraordinary skill and control.

Sure, we might position and move our body in different ways for each of them, but it’s the same position control skill we need for all of them.

Yes, we might use different gears for each different trail feature, but it’s the same gear control skill we need, to ride all of them.

And lastly, even though every change in the trail is different, we still want the ability to embrace every one of them and empower ourselves for success, don’t we?

Even though every trail feature is different, we need the same control skills to ride them.  

Any benefit we want as well, such as more traction, efficiency, or safety, demands we have control over those five skills, too. Those five Control Skills are the foundation of all we think and do.
Follow A Powerful Thinking Method
So, to make them the foundation of all we think and do, we then need to put them into a simple thinking pattern that makes us:

1. Have control over our focus 
2. Adjust our speed, position, and gear in advance of every change, and 
3. Embrace every change and empower our will.

When you have Focus Control, you are truly leading your bike along the trail with your eyes, because you are recognising the right changes in the trail at the right times. 

When you have Speed, Position, and Gear Control Skill you can ride at the right speed, in the right position, with the right gear for those changes in the trail. 

When you have the Embracability Control Skill you are embracing every change to empower your skill and Will further.
GET THE CHANGE YOU WANT
That sounds a lot simpler than trying to remember a long list of mountain biking techniques, doesn’t it?

When you ride with those Control Skills all your skill will grow in incredible ways, because you’ll have complete control over the only five things that every different part of the trail demands of you, to be extraordinary.

Make no mistake, you have the capability to achieve that level of extraordinary skill where you are always adapting in control in advance. Those Control Skills only need one thing to bring them to life – and it’s not a special type of bike or wheel size, or a particular age.

A change of thinking is all it takes.

What part of your mountain biking do you want to improve?
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