How to clean off-camber sections
Mountain Bike coach Joe Rafferty gives us a few tips on how best to tackle off-camber sections when you’re riding the trails.
1. Limit the lean
Although it feels safer, avoid leaning your bike too far into the slope as you’ll push your tyres from underneath yourself and lose grip.
2. Hips out
Keep your body upright by moving your hips to the downslope side of the saddle. You can drop your outside foot but your main focus should be on your hips and the position of your core mass.
3. Go in high
Enter the off-camber section as high as you can and turn downwards if you lose grip. If it’s safe, use more speed so you need less grip.
4. Look up
Look where you want to go and not down the slope where you don’t want to go. Keeping your head up will help your balance.
5. Don’t brake
Braking will make your tyres lose grip more easily so keep your fingers off the anchors if you can. Going a bit faster will help you cross an off-camber section.
6. Rooty danger
Avoid slippery roots if you can because it will be difficult to regain grip and your momentum if you lose it by washing out.