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What I learned from crashing on big jumps at Whistler Bike Park

By Pakka Admin - Jul 12,2019

What I learned from crashing on big jumps at Whistler Bike Park

In another video, we talked about how mountain biking can relieve stress. This is only true when you're using mountain biking as an escape—not when it's the actual CAUSE of the stress.

This week’s video takes place at Whistler Bike Park, and is a story about how your mental state can get you hurt on a mountain bike. In my case, feeling relaxed and happy makes me ride great. Feeling pressured and preoccupied to ride certain things almost always leads to injury. This is why so many people crash on their “last lap”. The park patrol medic even called it “the Witching hour”.

In this video, delays on getting footage led to preoccupation, and then to poor riding. Sound familiar?

There’s also a lesson about practice. I haven’t ridden big jumps since last summer, yet I jumped into a bigger trail than I had ever ridden after just a few days at Whistler. As someone with a history of riding poorly under pressure, this was not a smart idea.

Skill is only for rent. If you don’t make payments, you lose it.

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Finally, you could have been following this story all last week! Visit my Instagram for more content as it happens

Interested in the bike I’m riding? It’s the all new 2019 Mission Carbon, and it handled those crashes like a beast
Diamondback supports this channel and makes videos like these possible.

My derailleur hanger broke, but the derailleur attached to it was good to go!
Box Components keeps my shifting crispy, and also makes these videos possible.

Those hardtail guys make videos, and now that Flynn is healing up he’ll have plenty of time to edit them! Follow their Instagram story to keep up with Flynn’s recovery, and check out Flynn and Zev on YouTube to see their videos.

BCpov and Van Can also rode with us on the day Alex hit Dwayne Johnson. Some of those shots were from them, so check out their channels for more good content from British Columbia and beyond.
Van Can