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Head for the Hills!

Head for the Hills off road Cycling's primary objective is to give everybody the opportunity to enjoy Adelaide's world class mountain bike trails. From junior primary students to national level athletes, we are here to help you develop your skills and take advantage of Adelaide's distinctly unique mountain biking opportunities!

Not many people are aware that we have access to over ten different mountain biking trail networks within a 20 minute drive of the Adelaide CBD! Including Cobbler Creek, Anstey Hill, Cleland, Craigburn Farm, Shepherds Hill and many more, Adelaide's mountain bike trails are the most accessible trails in the world. And the best part is, the trails cater for absolute beginners right through to the fastest mountain bikers on the planet! Contact us to find out more about how we can help you take advantage of the opportunities on your doorstep.

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Celebrate Your Wins!

Having recently turned my attention away from my own skills development to begin focusing on helping others, I often feel like I am going backwards on the bike. This year, for the first time, I am eligible to compete in the Veterans category and I think we can all agree that age and accumulating responsibilities outside of racing are two of the most worn out excuses on the trails. And I have certainly claimed them both myself! In recent times, I have been having to put my ego aside and accepting that some things that were once well within my level of ability are now outside of my skill set. It’s not easy and, at times, extremely frustrating and demoralising. Personal anecdotes aside, many riders at every level go through peaks and troughs in their careers and for many different reasons. While enjoying the good times is easy, it can be difficult to find satisfaction when things aren’t going so smoothly on the bike.

Celebrating personal wins is something that mountain bikers do best. It’s not just our own achievements that get us pumped, but others’ too. When things are going well, it’s high fives all around! But it’s pretty easy to get down on your riding too. Sometimes we just have a bad day, conditions aren’t great, we haven’t been riding much, or maybe one section of trail is just psyching us out big time. It’s times like these we can become fixated on the bad stuff and forget to pat ourselves on the back for the good things we do…

Positive self-talk and visualisation are fantastic, and in my opinion underrated, tools you can use to boost your mental game.

It’s those sunny days where the hero dirt and flow stretch to the horizon, you feel like your bike setup is dialled and your mates laugh at every joke out your mouth. That voice in your head is saying things like “how good is this” and “you railed that berm”. These are the times when mountain biking is easy and we think nothing of it.

On the other side of the metaphorical is that day you signed up for that race. You know, the one where you thought you might be biting off more than you could chew? The other riders were looking so fast on the track while you could barely get down without crashing. Then it rained as you left the track on practice day and you just knew tomorrow would be a nightmare. The goal for race day was to survive and as your race progresses that voice in your head is saying things like “don’t mess up through the rocks” and “you could have done that better”.

Focusing on the negative will almost certainly prevent you from reaching your potential. It won’t stop you from moving forward completely but will slow your progression down to a snail’s pace. It’s also a sure fire way to get you down in the dumps about your riding. I’m not recommending you crawl into a cocoon of denial where mistakes don’t happen and there’s no need for matches in the bathroom. Nobody is perfect and every ride can be improved upon, but mistakes and challenges are to be acknowledged – not dwelled upon for extended periods of time.

Even in the most trying situations you will undoubtedly be doing something well. Figure out what it is and give yourself some credit! Positive reinforcement works for dogs and it will work for you too. Every ride will have it’s positives and it is up to you to pull them out and celebrate them.

That wet race you entered earlier… A positive minded person would see it as an opportunity to ride and learn amongst a higher calibre of mountain bikers. Crashing in a different place each run means you can congratulate yourself when you clean the section that got you last time. The rain will change everyone’s weekend, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. The goal for the race should have been more along the lines of to complete a clean and controlled race. Putting a positive spin on the things you can’t control will keep your spirits high when things aren’t all smooth sailing.

Maintaining a positive perspective and celebrating all of your wins, even the tiny ones in a sea of silly mistakes, will make sure every ride is enjoyable and that you have ample supply of confidence when you need it. Before you know it, you will be celebrating every rock, root, roller, berm and jump! High fives all around!

Words: Tyson Schmidt

Guided Course Pre-Ride | 2018 SA DH Round 1

Head for the Hills, along with Inside Line Mountain Bike Club, will be offering a guided track walk and pre-ride to beginner riders throughout the 2018 race season. These group sessions are designed for riders who are new to the sport or riders who feel they need some help getting down the track. They are not for riders looking at improving their times simply to snag a place on the podium!

This weekend plays host to Round One of Inside Line’s Giant Adelaide South Australian State Downhill Series which will be held on the “Secret Connection” trail at Fox Creek. Although the trail is short, it is steep and technical with a fast finish line sprint section. At 8am on Saturday, Tyson Schmidt will lead a group track walk before helping the group ride down the course in a safe and controlled manner.

The track will be open for others to walk from 8:30am.

Book Now

There are limited places so please book your place when you register to race. If you have already signed up to race, please contact us to book your spot.

Details

Cost:Free!
Meet:By the Head for the Hills Flags
Date:Saturday 14 April 2018
Time:8am Sharp Departure
Other Info:See Facebook Event

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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