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You can still hone your riding skills when your local trails are shut down. Riding a mountain bike is always a learning process, even the best riders in the world are figuring out new ways to ride better and faster every day. To start things off, let's go to one of the most basic skills in mountain biking: cornering. Learning proper cornering technique will help you to carry speed through turns, and will also help maintain strong traction, keeping your bike tires rubber-side-down.

The Basics of Mountain Bike Cornering

Simon Lawton at Fluidride has been racing mountain bikes for more than 20 years, with 16 years of experience in the pro downhill ranks.

Simon Lawton at Fluidride has been racing mountain bikes for more than 20 years, with 16 years of experience in the pro downhill ranks.​

Since many of us at evo love snowsports, we like to equate turning on skis to turning on a mountain bike: putting pressure on your outside foot and leaning in. The staggered foot position on a mountain bike, brings in the foot dominance of snowboarding, too. Some common questions for mountain bikers are how much pressure should I put on my outside foot while turning, and what position should my feet be at relative to each other?

The answer, according to our friend and professional mountain bike coach Simon Lawton, is that the process has everything to do with timing and the importance of transferring your weight as the bike dips into the turn.

Check out the video below to learn more about footwork: the key to unlocking your cornering skills.

How to Practice Cornering at Home

While we want to be out there pushing ourselves on the trails, now is not the best time to be riding at the limit. Instead, you can practice safe skills progression at home. The short video below shows you how to create a slalom course to get hang of the footwork techniques described above.

The important thing to focus on here is how your feet and pedals dip into the turn, recover to neutral in between turns, then dip into the next turn, with the accompanying transfer of weight.

This means you can still strap on your helmet, put on some bike shorts, and learn some skills that you can translate to trail riding when the time comes.

For a more detailed breakdown of the cornering skills here and in the video, check out our full guide to cornering on a mountain bike.

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