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   I'd Get Good ... but ...

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Author: Tadhg MacCarthy

At the library a couple of weeks ago ... yes, they still do exist ... I was browsing through a Two Wheels magazine. The editor Jeremy Bowdler was dispensing his wisdom of 25 years of motorcycling. One tip was "spend half of your budget on developing yourself as a rider". The following week Cyril Depres was being interviewed after a stage of the Australian Safari "I just treated today as a training day and took it easy".

Good riders I've ridden with, well up to the first corner when they disappear, typically have a background in competition - be it enduro, motocross or trials.

I think there's a pattern forming here in the form of training and practice.

That got me thinking - even as a humble trailrider - how much time and budget do I devote to training and practice?

To be honest, I am very good or at the risk of sounding arrogant, an expert .... at finding excuses not to practice, no time, no supercross track in my backyard; or to avail of some training, no time, too expensive.

Then out on trails I wonder why I'm crap at [insert any riding skill here].

Maybe Jeremy, Cyril and the rest are on to something?

Time to stop making excuses and do some practice, get some training then maybe I won't go over the bars attempting to traverse the first log (read: twig) I meet on the trails.

I hear the infamous Wattsy is running a course at the West Coast Trailbike Park at Kirup in November. I'd love to go but ...