Bike tips from the pro
Schladming's mountain biker Andi Kolb, who is specialized in the downhill discipline, made his international breakthrough last season. At last year's World Cup home race in Leogang, he even achieved his best World Cup result to date, making him the first Austrian on a World Cup podium in downhill. He also finished in the top 5 at the end of the season. To coincide with the start of the new biking season, the bike pro now reveals his best tips and tricks. Let's go!
1. Brake with one finger
Before you can rally accelerate on the lines & trails, the bike must be properly adjusted. A god basic setting of the brake levers and braking with one finger is one of the most important points for me.
2. Basic position legs
I keep catching myself jamming my knees on the frame in tricky situations. However, you lose your balance and the bike becomes even more difficult to control. So, my tip for you: Don't clamp your legs on the frame, but stand on the pedals with your knees slightly outward (bow legs).
3. Look far ahead
Almost everyone makes the mistake of looking at the track just in front of the front wheel. That leads to a lot of errors and line problems. However, if look far ahead, you automatically ride more round lines and everything feels a little slower. Try to look forward as far as possible (approx. 20 m) on a line that is not too difficult for you.
4. Tilt bike
One point is crucial for correct cornering; to tip the bike under you - so that the bike is more in the curve than the upper body. It is best to practice in a parking lot or on a flat meadow, where you can ride without braking. Make sure that the curve outer pedal is always down and that you apply good pressure on the outer foot. Diagonally, you have to exert downward pressure with your inner hand in the curve, so you get optimal grip on the track an avoid slipping or folding in the front wheel.
Have fun trying it out and I hope I was able to help you a little!
- Andi Kolb
Thank you very much dear Andi! Now nothing stands in the way of a spectacular downhill experience including breathtaking mountain scenery in Austria's largest bike region.
Photos: Michael Geißler, Miha Matavz, SalzburgerLand Tourismus and Klemens König