If you want to ride like a pro, you should learn from a pro! In Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, Third Edition, world-champion racer Brian Lopes and renowned riding coach Lee McCormack share their elite perspectives, real-life race stories, and their own successful techniques to help riders of all styles and levels build confidence and experience the full exhiliration of the sport.
Mastering Mountain Bike Skills is the best-selling guide for all mountain biking disciplines, including enduro, pump track racing, dual slalom, downhill, cross-country, fatbiking, and 24-hour races. It absolutely captures the sport and offers everything you need to maximize performance and excitement on the trail. Learn how to select the proper bike and customize it for your unique riding style. Develop a solid skills base so you can execute techniques with more power and precision. Master the essential techniques to help you carve every corner, nail every jump, and conquer every obstacle in your path. Last, but not least, prepare yourself to handle every type of weather and trail condition that the mountain biking world throws at you.
Whether you’re a recreational rider looking to rock the trails with friends, are a seasoned enthusiast, or are aspiring to be a top pro, Mastering Mountain Bike Skills will improve your ride and dust the competition. Don't just survive the trail—own the trail, and enjoy the thrill of doing it.
Mountain bike riders of all levels—both competitive and recreational—interested in improving riding techniques or seeking guidance in the selection of bikes and equipment; instructors who teach riding skills.
Chapter 1: Choose Your Weapon
Chapter 2: Become One With Your Bike
Chapter 3: Control Your Speed
Chapter 4: Make Great Power
Chapter 5: Carve Any Corner
Chapter 6: Ride Down Almost Anything
Chapter 7: Ride Up Almost Everything
Chapter 8: Pump Bumps for Free Speed
Chapter 9: Wheelie, Manual and Hop Like a Boss
Chapter 10: Might as Well Jump
Chapter 11: Avoid Injuries
Chapter 12: Handle Every Condition
Chapter 13: Flow on Any Trail
Chapter 14: Race Like a Champ
“I’ve known Brian for years, and he is one of the best mountain bike riders I ever rode with. Reading his book is sure to take your skills to the next level.”
—Nino Schurter, MTB Olympic Gold Medalist (2016), Five-Time Cross Country World Champion
“Brian helped me achieve my dream to become a great bike racer. He showed me the dedication and discipline that one needs to make this happen. The experience Brian shares in his book will allow everyone to achieve their goals of becoming a better and safer rider.”
—Cédric Gracia,4X World Cup and World Champion
“Working with Lee changed my world of mountain biking. He simply is THE best skills coach in the world. He took me from a pathetic off-road triathlete to an elite World Cup mountain bike racer.”
—Lesley Paterson,XTERRA World Champion and Professional MTB Racer
Perfect Book. I got more then I expected.
I am not new to using books for self-learning with more athletic pursuits, and this one has to be the definitive selection for mountain biking. Clear explanations and photos, funny and readable writing, and a great reference to come back to, I highly recommend this book.