Cornering. Technique over efficiency? It’s a moot point, given the complexity of angles and surfaces and the quite differing amounts of support on offer, the perfect positioning can often be a hindrance rather than an aid when it comes to combination corners. It’s true that good technique should take precedence yet look at a world cup downhill racer and the rule book is often torn up in the name of efficiency. The both legs on the top tube, body lean into corner technique that enables a rider good exit speed and better positioning for the line ahead.
At the other end of the scale a novice rider might well have to apply quite different cornering styles due to the lack of lean on offer due to the entry and exit speeds.
So often we see riders forcing a riding technique that has been taught, applying a standardised technique which in effect compromises efficiency.
Here in the Forest of Dean on a well-known track – Sheepskull – World 4 X Champion and Olympic BMX Bronze Jill Kintner, no stranger to corners, talks us through combinations with her man Bryn Atkinson.