While actively pumping terrain can help us gain speed, we can utilize another technique when we are already moving at speed. Dramatically improve your speed while decreasing physical and mental effort on the trail.
Short steeps descents or Roll Downs can be intimidating, as we are often not able to see the upcoming terrain. By creating the habit of moving into terrain, we can learn to roll down the steep ground consistently and safely.
Approaching a long steep descent is similar to riding into a short roll. On a longer descent, and undulation in the trail is going to bring some arm bend back into my arms, allowing me to be able to reach out on the steeper sections.
Properly pumping terrain can be a great way to build speed on a trail without pedaling. We generally use this skill when we are moving at lower speeds or where the ground is too rough to effectively pedal.
How to Pump Terrain Learning to properly pump terrain enables riders to gain speed from undulations, rather than losing speed from them. Top riders use this skill all the time. Learn this technique and you will add more flow, speed and most importantly – connection with the ground – into your riding. Learning to pump……