This fabulous technical riding skill combines two techniques: ratcheting and hopping – like many things 1 + 1 is greater than 2!
Trials riders have a toolkit of skills that can add so much creativity and fun on many technical trail rides, and I think this fits that category!
It is best utilized on flat or slightly uphill terrain. I love being able to read the terrain and use this technique proactively – I can trust this technique more than spinning cranks when the terrain is really slow, tight and rough. It can also be used for those times that you do lose momentum and need to generate forward flow once again.
The prerequisite skills for this lesson, Hopping and Ratcheting, are thoroughly taught and progressed as part of my Baseline Balance Skills online course.
This tutorial however is borrowed from the weekly flow of content I deliver to members of my private mountain biker coaching website called RL Connection.
Please let me know if you have any questions!