Author Scott McClave told us he
admires the body positioning of pro
downhill racer Troy Brosnan more
than almost any other rider. Here, Troy
shreds the Canadian Open Downhill
course at Whistler.
Regardless of your riding ability, mastering fundamental skills will make you a faster and safer rider. Read this with an open
mind, and be on your way to more stoke
while ripping down the trail.
For the sake of this article, let’s focus on
the fun part—going downhill. We will con-
tinue to dive deeper in subsequent articles
and analyze these skills in further detail.
The goal for today is to become familiar
with the fundamentals of proper body positioning while descending.
Practice and feedback are crucial
components for improving your riding
technique. Video and photo feedback are
great, but working with a coach one on
one to help you identify areas that need
work is even better. When practicing these
fundamental skills, it is important to only
focus on one or two things at a time before
addressing another skill. Trying to execute
five or six concepts related to body position
while charging through challenging terrain
isn’t realistic. Sometimes, less is more.