Obstacle Cost vs. Return

Obstacle Cost vs. Return

2013-10-08 10.50.44 amIf your goal is to reach the finish line in the least amount of time, you need to evaluate obstacles based on cost. What that means is you may be an amazing technical rider; but if you expend large amounts of energy riding every technical section in a race that takes over six hours to complete, you might be better off walking a few of those sections. A short hike up an extremely gnarly section can save your legs for a strong race finish.

If you have the option to jump something or take a more direct line — going off the jump isn’t always the best choice.  Your photo from Pink Shorts Photography might be a great new Facebook cover photo, but it wont necessarily get you the podium you’re looking for.  Jumping increases the risk for injury or a mechanical. If you choose to jump, know the jump and take it with 100% confidence.

About Richard La China

Richard La China is a Professional Mountain Bike racer, USAC Certified Cycling Coach and a IMBA Certified Mountain Bike Skills Instructor who coaches beginner to pro cyclist. Currently working with mountain bike XC, Endurance and Enduro racers and other competitive and non-competitive mountain bike riders seeking to become their best.

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