Staying in control is crucial, in life and mountain biking. This isn’t about life lessons, so I’m not going to go there, this is about mountain biking. Adam’s less confident on a mountain bike than I am, so when we were mountain biking the Maah Daah Hey trail I was giving him a couple pointers: when to shift gears, where your body weight should be positioned, look where you want to go, etc.
We rode “out’ without a problem, but riding “back” was a little different. Our way out mainly consisted of uphill pedaling. Both of us were in control and it was easy to stay in control. But what goes up must come down and on our way back we faced a lot of downhill which consisted of some steep sections and a few tight switchbacks.
I took the lead at one point and came across this steep section with a tight switchback which would send you flying over the cliff if you messed up. I did what any sensible person would do an walked my back down and around the switchback. Adam was a ways behind me and didn’t see me do this. Instead when he came to this point he stopped and saw me at the bottom waiting for him to come by so I could take his picture.
Like any “good” brother, I persuaded him into trying the section. After the wind died down a little he kicked off and started careening towards the edge. At some point he slammed on the breaks and only slightly losing control, skidded around the switchback, without a look of terror on his face, and rode it out.
He was pretty mad when I caught up to him and laughingly told him I didn’t even try that switchback.
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