Word of the Week # 6

Pump (verb)

Pumping is a strategy used to gain speed without pedaling. To pump, you do your best to unweight yourself while manuevering over a hill, and when on the downhill slope, become as heavy as possible. What I mean by this, is you push down when going downhill and lift up over a hill when there is opportunity. This can be applied to berms as well.

This video published by Bike Radar gives a pretty good idea of what it should be like. Check our Need 2 Know Skills Section for more info and videos coming soon!

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