How do people (The Athertons as an example - I've just been watching their youtube vids) ride so quickly?
This is partly rhetorical but also a proper question? How do their wheels stick going around corners with the g's wanting to pop them over the top of the berms? How can they ride over rocks so sharp / steep / off-camber without being tossed over the bars? How can they postiton their bikes so perfectly in the air to nail a sketchy landing more delicately than I can get out of be in the mornings?
I think I understand XC / road cyclists; a lot of it is down to spending more time on the bike or in the gym (or taking drugs) and have dedication most of us only dream of. But when it comes to the speed of reactions and the skill to blast down a hill at the speed of a pro, I just don't get it.
Is the fact that I can't imagine being able to do it, the explanation as to why some (few) are pros and the rest of us pootle around singletrack having fun at our relative walking-pace?