Here’s the scenario: uneven whoops in various height and widths that flow along in a bending arc, sweep-
Not all bumps are in a straight li e
ing from left to right. It’s not like you can hammer them,
keeping the nose up, your weight back and the throttle on
hard. When the terrain bends, you have to pick points and
turn it in into a series of straights. If you attempt to carry an
arc through the bumps, it’s nearly impossible to maintain
proper throttle control, necessary aggressiveness and the
proper weight distribution to keep the machine from diving
and wallowing. Here’s Robby Bell, who showed perfect
technique as he rode to a big win at the rough and fast
Honolulu Hills WORCS opener. ❏
PRO RIDING TACTICS
Robby’s mode for attacking a fast-bend-ing section of whoops is all handled by
his technique. He turns the bends into a
series of straights and keeps his body as
in line with the machine as possible.
He’s accelerated off of the slight pivot and has his sights
set on his next move. This mode keeps the bike attacking in
a straight line rather than wallowing on the outside, where
you’re constantly attempting to weight the outside peg and
hold an edge with your tires.
Notice Robby’s head; it has not left the point directly
above his steering stem. Good flex through his core lets
him be aggressive rather than worrying about flopping
around the rollers.
Robby sees a point where he’ll start
his pivot, which is simply a slight turn
within the turn. It will realign him for his
next cornering decision. His body is still
straight and in line with the machine,
which lets his torso and core work with
the machine and absorb the impacts.