Chris Gibbs shares his tips on how to corner with confidence and have more fun on the trails
How to corner with style
The Romans weren’t known for their trail building – maybe if they were, then we would all be riding in straight lines! Since the empire didn’t take their road building expertise onto the trails, this week’s skills focus is on how to corner.
This essential skill allows you to navigate trails with confidence, as well as saving energy and staying safer. Most importantly, good technique in corners also means you can carry more speed and have more fun.
Get your braking done early so that you enter the corner at the correct speed
Use the ‘big look’ – i.e. look where you are aiming for…the bike will always follow where you look
Enter the corner wide, aim for the apex and exit the corner wide – a smooth arc allows riders to carry momentum through the turn
Keep weight centered over the middle of the bike
Point your hips through the turn
Apply pressure to the inside of the bars to lean the bike into the corner
Apply downward pressure on the outside pedal for extra grip
On exiting the turn straighten the bike, return to the attack position and allow weight to shift to being even across both pedals
Common mistakes to avoid
Entering the corner too fast
Braking heavily in the corner
Not looking and turning your head through the corner
Steering too much rather than leaning the bike
Not keeping your head up
Once you’re super confident in turns of different styles and in different conditions, start trying to be further forward and take more command of the front wheel. This produces much more grip from the front tyre and can be particularly useful in wet, slippery and steep terrain.
Life would be boring without all its twists and turns, so get out there and embrace those corners!