After the improvement I saw in my riding with responses the post http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/dirt-school-technique-dvd-doesnt-cover-rocky-trails I thought of asking STW forum again -:)
I made a HD helmetcam video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEuNyDA1Jl8 of the descent on my standard ride from home on the east coast of Sardinia.
I have included the sections I can just do (some for the first time when I made this vid, you can hear my swears of delight when I manage them) which would be S2/borderline S3 I guess, and some S3+ sections I don’t even try. You can see me working on line choice (often I can do each section but not one after another ‘cos I can’t set up right for 2nd one), not bashing/jamming pedals/chainring going over rocks (I can sometimes keep cranks level and rachet, but need to do better at not bashing pedals), sections with solid sharp rocks sticking up, loose rocks, steep, rocky sections with big drop-offs and a succession of rocky obstacles with dips between.
So, what tips can I use for improving my riding of this route? Clearly practise helps – each time I do bits I couldn’t do before - but what specific techniques can I use / apply better and how can I do drills for these?
1. The big obstacles my chain ring hits are “some much in the middle of other things” and I’m going at walking pace, so not sure how a bunny hop would help. I could do a lot better, though, at getting my front wheel up and the bike over obstacles, but need to avoid making a full half-pedal stroke to avoid bashing pedals.
2. With practise, I’ve got lots better at simply balancing through the sections, and find that forcing myself to (at least try to) set off again from exactly where I’ve stopped is very good practise.
3. Specific tips, YouTube videos, etc very welcome!