William Deyesso was formerly the executive vice president for Wynn Management and Development Co., where he directed the real estate management and development company’s nationwide operations. Now retired, William Deyesso likes to stay physically active, enjoying both mountain biking and cross-country biking.
Cross-country biking, often referred to as XC cycling, requires practice, skill, and precision. If you are a novice rider, follow these three tips to remain comfortable and safe on the trail.
1. Cold Weather Dressing - 2012 National Cross Country Champion Serena Bishop Gordon stresses the importance of dressing warmly for rides in colder temperatures. Gordon says that she dresses for cold weather well into the spring, until temperatures reach 65 degrees. She suggests a beanie, a buff, long sleeves, leg warmers, a vest, and shoe covers. Gordon says that dressing properly for cold weather can help you avoid tendon damage, while also allowing your body to use your energy to ride fast instead of to keep you warm.
2. Seat Height - Biking pro Rachel Atherton says that during climbs, you want your seat set higher. On the other hand, she warns that having your seat set too high for downhill runs can lead to poor balance as you lean too far back or push your weight over your handlebars. She suggests lowering your seat before heading down the hill. To save time, consider purchasing a dropper seat post, which helps you quickly and easily adjust seat height.
3. Relax During Jumps - Professional cross-country cyclist Billy Whenman warns that even if you are not trying to get air, roots and obstructions on the path may send you airborne. Whenman says it is essential to remain calm and relaxed, which will make it easier to perform subtle movements and remain in control. While in the air, Whenman suggests shifting your weight towards the back of the bike while keeping your head up. Remaining relaxed will also help your body absorb the shock of impact, leading to a smoother landing.
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