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THINK YOUR WAY TO GREATER CORNERING SKILL: GREATER FLOW WITH BRAIN, NOT BRAWN
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One of the common struggles most mountain bikers have is in corners. Corner after corner they’re grabbing the brakes inside the turn, sometimes even skidding, and all it does is make them struggle, waste energy, and kill their flow. They end up fighting the bike to try to get back in control and stay on the trail, then as they exit they’ve got to wrestle the bike and mash on the pedals to try and get back all the speed they’ve lost. 

You could say that they lost control over their speed. They weren’t riding at the right speed that maximised their momentum, skill and control.

If this cornering habit sounds familiar, don’t worry. - it’s very common. Most mountain bikers ride this way and expect it’s just a part of mountain biking, but it doesn’t need to be.
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If you’re grabbing the brakes or skidding in corners it’s because you’re reacting to being out of control. By definition a reaction is an action in response to something that has already happened. Just like driving a car, if there’s clear road ahead and you had to put the car brakes on suddenly in a corner, it’s because at that moment you were not in control of your speed, right? 

Whether it was a little bit or a lot, you were speeding out of control. If you were already in control as you were driving or riding through the corner, you wouldn’t need to react, would you? Cause you wouldn’t be out of control!

Consider this:

The reason you grab the brakes in the turn is because your body feels it’s going too fast for what you’re riding. When it gets that sudden feeling of losing control, the emotion of fear, or at the very least - concern - rises up fast in your body, doesn’t it?

In a split-second your body recognises that feeling as you being in some level of danger, and so it instantly kicks in the fight or flight response to save you from danger, and you grab the brakes to try and kill some speed and get back in control.

This all happens in a split-second, but it’s all too late though, isn’t it? Sure, most of the time you don’t go flying off the trail and have a big crash. But, hundreds, and even thousands of times per ride, you’re entering corners without control over your speed which cause you to make little reactions and grab the brakes, again and again. 

Your body is actually addicted to that fight or flight habit.
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When you ride with these five Control Skills all your mountain biking skills 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.
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