Practice Session Tips?
Posted October 18, 2001 - 10:00 AM
Posted October 18, 2001 - 10:25 AM
Practice starts and the first couple of turns. Try to think
where you'd go if pinched off. Practice starts from different
gates. Once you're burned out on starts, practice the
areas of the track that you have trouble with. Once you're
comfy with the whole track, then start trying to pare down
your lap times by riding the whole track.
Posted October 18, 2001 - 10:36 AM
Starts are important, but IMHO when you're on a beginner level it's more important to spend the time doing laps. I'm hoping to race very soon for the first time myself so I've watched some of the local races pretty closely. Of the beginner class races I've seen, none were won or lost by starting position.
Getting back into shape has helped me a lot. Now that I'm back into running during the week I can get a lot more practice in for any given day. I also notice that trying to practice when I'm physically tired seems to cause me to pick up bad habbits and causes me to make dangerous mistakes. I'm not sure where you live, but I'm in South Florida and bringing a beach umbrella, some lawn chairs and a fan to the track really really helps!
Last thing that I can think of, I seem to get the most improvement when I concentrate on one thing at a time. For example, when I took my first shot at MX I was fine on the straits and in the corners, but my jumping sucked. So I started concentrating on fixing my jumping. I would take it easy on the straits and in the corners to be sure that I hit the jumps right. Now that my jumping has improved and I can confidently hit jumps in more situations I have been putting more focus on on cornering speed. etc..
Oh yea, find someone a little bit faster than you and try to follow them around a bit.
Posted October 18, 2001 - 03:17 PM
Posted October 18, 2001 - 08:29 PM
Posted October 19, 2001 - 03:24 AM
Posted October 19, 2001 - 03:58 AM
Posted October 22, 2001 - 03:57 PM
have fun, huge
Posted October 22, 2001 - 04:30 PM
Later - The Fireman
Posted October 31, 2001 - 01:11 PM
My suggestion for you if you want to learn to go fast the correct way in the shortest amount of time possible, I would really suggest you getting a set of the Gary Bailey or Gary Semics videos. When I first started I tried to teach myself which resulted a lot of bumps and bruises.
To some this may sound like a like too much if your goal is to not have fun. However, learning proper techniques, how to control your bike and have less accidents leads to you having more fun. Trust me riding over your head and crashing all the time is no fun. I'll cut this short for now because there is no way to put all of what you need to practice in a short response. If you have specific questions about areas you are trying to improve on, let me know.
Posted November 01, 2001 - 05:50 AM
I'm a visual person, so in the years that I took off from riding, I learned so much just by watching the sport evolve, watching certain riders and what they did, and then getting my a$$ back in shape.
3 pieces of advice.
#1. Know your limits and don't ride over your head. It's too easy to break bones and twist yourself into a knot. Injuries can put you out for a whole season if you aren't smart about it. Just use some common sense and be honest about your abilities.
#2. Practice laps, turns, jumps, body positioning, and get yourself in shape. Starts are an important part, but a start is only going to get you to the first turn and then you have to ride the track for 6 laps.
When I started out, I practiced laps instead of starts, but if I ever got a bad start, I could just ride my race and before I knew it I was in the top 5.
#3. Concentrate on being smooth instead of fast. Speed comes with experience and the smoother you are, the less energy you expend, the longer you can ride, the better you'll do, and the more enjoyment you'll have.
Posted November 01, 2001 - 07:09 AM
I went to an arenacross school after that and learned a lot. The next arenacross that I went to after that I came home with four trophies.
Good Advice: Smooth makes fast, always have really nice gear so that the girls think you're a pro and best of all; don't ride over your head, arena-cross can be dangerous. You should be able to win a beginner class arenacross race without doing anything too crazy!
Posted November 01, 2001 - 07:16 AM
Also, get your promotors to extend the races to 30 mintues! These stinkin 4 lap motos are the only reason I will not race MX anymore. I don't feel like sitting around for 10 hours, and get 15 mintues riding time in, as well as be $35 lighter in the wallet.
You'll find with 30 mintue motos....a start is not even as important.....because you have more time to make it up
Posted November 01, 2001 - 08:47 AM
And Kfrosty - good job on the response.
As for me, I do nothing but survive on the track, (ie, I keep myself up and alive). I've jumped over and over again, and taken all the lines through each corner that I can find. Overall, I still suck.
Practice, or repetition, make us more and more comfortable with what we are doing, but it doesn't necessarily make us any faster.
The difference is finding the techniques that cause the bike and rider to grip in the corners, and sail over the bumps and jumps.
I don't think I can possible list all the things I do on a road bike when racing on the track, (my primary background). Body positioning, weight transfer, brake control fore and aft. Seems like there must be at least 30 transactions for each corner, and each corner having it's own unique order.
I have yet to learn if the dirt is the same thing, but when I see these guys sail past me, I'll have to assume it's just not about courage. In other words, about the only good it does to try and follow someone is to vaguely see their line.
Recently, I have learned the lessons about weighting the pegs at the right time, as well as when to let go of the bike, or squeeze it with my legs. Little things like sharp foot pegs and gripper seat covers and tape can really help. And I certainly cannot explain how important a good suspension set up is.
In other words, I'm can't give any advice except to apply a lot of intuition about exactly what the moves are order to get the job done. Pay VERY close attention to what makes a rider smooth, (since this is what generates speed), and then apply and test what you have learned.
None of this is really as easy as it seems.
Posted November 02, 2001 - 07:03 PM
Posted November 02, 2001 - 08:14 PM
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