I didn’t send it. And I’m glad!

We all love to send it big, and heck, I’ve nearly made a career for myself doing so, but we also need to be realistic about when it makes sense to take a big risk.  If you find an obstacle that you don’t understand exactly how to ride, it’s a sign that you’re on the verge of getting hurt.  

One day into being 35 years old, and I’m already making decisions that will positively benefit my “adult” future. 35=grown up?

I had to swallow my pride and take a chill pill on this drop.  I thought I’d really regret that, but as I sit here recovering from a recent concussion and separated shoulder, I’m pretty OK with walking this one.  This day in Utah, I was tired after 3 days of riding and coaching.  I hadn’t hit many Utah style drops like that on the new bike and fork.  And I was in a bit of a rush to both beat the rain and catch a flight home that afternoon.  

I was riding with Tylar (correct spelling), Tyson, and Brian. Here we are at the top of Flying Monkey, where the government tests safety equipment with monkeys. It’s pretty gnarly.

The Virgin area is home to many pro freeriders, and this is an area they frequent to practice for the discipline’s biggest event- the Redbull Rampage. While I might have been a pro mountain biker, I focused on races, which were more about getting from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time.

While editing this, I stumbled across a shot of local pro, and Redbull Rampage podium finisher, Logan Binggeli.  Logan is riding the trail- and sure enough, he kept his wheels on the ground down the drop that I skipped.  See that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW_CFaKqO0g  Had I known that is the right way to ride that, well, I’d probably have done it!  But I’m glad to have avoided the repercussions of not being truly prepared.  And now that I know how to ride that line- I’ll be back!

Tylar’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tlaity/

Brian’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hobbs46/

If Tylar is familiar, it’s because I met him during this clinic:

Tylar leads us down a fun, floaty trail into the desert valley.
The trails often follow ride lines, as those offer the best drainage, and usually are a naturally sustainable slope.
Desert clouds are amazing.
Typical desert trails- rough and rocky, but still super fun.

Four years back, I for sure would have sent it off this thing!

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My riding tutorials posted through June 2020:

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  2. How to manual: https://www.patreon.com/posts/how-to-manual-37684861
  3. Cutty: https://www.patreon.com/posts/36579859
  4. Manual a berm: https://www.patreon.com/posts/35496772
  5. How to ride in Sedona: https://www.patreon.com/posts/34436065
  6. Switchbacks: https://www.patreon.com/posts/3-ways-to-33345804
  7. Nosewheelie: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32742504
  8. Bump jump: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31881231
  9. Trials basics for trail riders: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31145344
  10. Tight berms: https://www.patreon.com/posts/30389457
  11. Aggressive braking: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29579507
  12. Confidence for mountain biking: https://www.patreon.com/posts/28817411
  13. Cornering: https://www.patreon.com/posts/27981205
  14. Flowing/pumping down the trail: https://www.patreon.com/posts/27288868
  15. Stoppie through turns: https://www.patreon.com/posts/26296762
  16. Technical climbing: https://www.patreon.com/posts/25234847
  17. Boost jumps: https://www.patreon.com/posts/24161821
  18. Bunnyhop: https://www.patreon.com/posts/23396959
  19. Utilizing the wheelie on the trail: https://www.patreon.com/posts/23017910
  20. How to wheelie: https://www.patreon.com/posts/21879606

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