your long-range vision. Raise your visor and check that your
helmet’s retention straps are adjusted properly.
Use sport-specific sunglasses: Stick with sunglasses that
are designed for mountain biking. These glasses have a large
lens, thin frames and narrow arms compared to “fashion”
Don’t double up: If you use your long-range vision for
looking in the peripheral vision area, you are doubling up and
wasting your long-range vision. Force your eyes to bust out of
the peripheral barrier. It will take practice, because it may be
a habit you’ve had for a long time. Consciously move your
vision 10 feet farther up the trail.
Lift your chin: If you are trying to break an old habit (of
not looking far enough ahead), lift your chin. Once you are
used to looking down the trail, simply moving your eyes in
their sockets will give you a great view. Until then, chin up.
Try bar ends: Adding bar ends to your handlebar and
then using them lifts your riding position slightly. This may
be all you need to look farther down the trail.
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
We promise you will see an immediate improvement in
your riding by looking ahead. Another bonus that you may or
X-ray vision: A common mistake is concentrating on the rider
in front of you rather than the trail. If possible, you want to
look around the rider, because if he hits something, it may be
too late for you to avoid it.
Don’t blink: Even top professionals will admit they are always
working on looking farther down the trail. Looking ahead is a skill
that you should always be working on.
may not notice as quickly is that looking ahead has a
positive physiological impact on your riding. How so?
If you are struggling on a hill, looking ahead can help
you gauge how much more effort will be needed to
crest the hill. Looking down only serves to intensify
the suffering that feels like it will never end.
Happy trails will appear everywhere if you just
know where to look. Sharpening your long-range
vision will make you a better rider and treat you to
vistas, wildlife and hidden treasures along the way.