Most of us have been there at some point. You roll up to the trail feature – roots, a drop, a jump – again and again, with your heart beating hard, gripping the handlebars tightly. At the last minute you stop dead. Eventually, you walk or roll around it, vowing to come back and beat it another day.
Sometimes we encounter things on the trail that scare us. While there is no easy way to overcome fear, there is certainly no better feeling than conquering it.
So, who better to ask about conquering your fear than a women who excels in a discipline of mountain biking that requires nerves of steel; a true queen of the mountain, Rachel Atherton. Finishing on a perfect season last year, Rachel rides with amazing composure and style.
These are Rachel Atherton’s top tips on beating your MTB demons…