FIVE TOP TIPS FOR HILL CLIMB­ING MAS­TERY

We caught up with out­right lap record holder Oliver Holmes to get some tips on how to master a hill climb…

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1 GET A GOOD CLEAN START

Don’t nec­es­sar­ily worry about the first 64 feet, but fo­cus on get­ting into the first cor­ner as fast as you can with the best line. A good first cor­ner will fill you with con­fi­dence and set you up for the rest of the run.

2 BE SMOOTH

Just like on the cir­cuit, you can ride er­rat­i­cally and it may feel quick, but the quicker runs usu­ally come when things click and aren’t too rushed. One mis­take here is im­pos­si­ble to get back, so be as smooth as pos­si­ble – es­pe­cially at Bouley Bay where mo­men­tum is ev­ery­thing.

3 GET THE LINES RIGHT

and most im­por­tantly get your en­tries right. You’ll only get lim­ited runs, so fo­cus on hav­ing your en­tries set­ting up the per­fect ex­its and build. Make sure you walk the hill be­fore you com­pete, and watch as many on boards as you can.

4 BRAKE LATE,

BUT BRAKE STRAIGHT

When it feels like it’s time to brake, count a sec­ond and then brake! There’s al­ways so much time to be made when you first ar­rive at one of these things as you get so lit­tle track time. It’s al­ways bet­ter to build up rather than land­ing in a ditch though!

5 POWER

Ev­ery sin­gle cor­ner here, you need to be on the gas as, or prefer­ably be­fore you hit the apex. It’s all about car­ry­ing the mo­men­tum up the hill, so the best way to at­tack is to fo­cus on gassing as hard as pos­si­ble.

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