You have read Mastering Mountain Biking Skills but you are still not comfortable with getting air, you get bogged down on the berms, and your so called friends shred on down the trails leaving you behind cursing them. Where can you practice those skills you so diligently read about? Where can you go to perfect that jump you dream of? Where can you go to practice buzzing the berm at full speed?
Some trails do not have these thrilling features or some you have one shot of hitting them before having to pedal all the way around the loop again. In some cases you roll up on a gnarly jump, you freeze-up at the sight of the century old deciduous to the right of the trail that will be used as your coffin if you muff it. Opposite is a collection of boulders that is your future grave marker if you don’t hit that line just right. Worry not my bipedal pedal pushers, there is a humble place in Allen where the stakes for mistakes are significantly lower than some isolated trail in north Texas that is frequented by hungry buzzards searching for an easy meal.
Between Plano and McKinney is Allen, another quickly growing suburb of the Metroplex blessed with Edge at Allen Station a quarter mile BMX track and skate park. Some of you made that jump from BMX to mountain biking and are the envy of all things on two wheels. Others made the other transition from skinnies to fatties, and we are not talking about your waist line. While others of you have not pedaled since your preadolescent days.
Regardless of your cycling background, this track is a great place to practice, practice and practice. You can hit that one jump over and over again, try different things, work on launching, getting more air and perfecting the landing. You can think about all these things without the concern of getting a mouthful of dirt, rocks and teeth. Do it enough times so that you are more comfortable and it becomes instinct. Maybe you you’ll never be the best jumper, but you will jump with more confidence blazing down the single track.
If the skate park isn’t to infested ankle biters wannabes and master shredders, then go have a spin on the concrete. Watch the BMX bikers, talk to them and ask them questions about BMX biking. Explore the terrain, push your comfort zone, and maybe learn a new trick to take back to the dark and dusty trails.
A few parting words: take mountain biking to the next level, learn how to jump and subscribe to Dallas Mountain Biking for your latest mountain biking news.