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Corners, Passing, Hi-Lows….

Do you keep getting passed in corners?? I know my cornering used to be shocking!!! if you are having trouble then read this advice from Mike Day on how to make a decent pass in the corner, more great tips from www.pedals2medals.com

Passing Grade in Passing

By Mike Day

Turns are the most overlooked part of the track. There, I said it! With most of the tracks having asphalt turns, the traction is unreal. Passing has become easier as a result. In this week’s #WinningWednesdays, I look at a couple passing techniques that might come in handy, whether you are trying to make your first national main event, or have two people between you and a single-digit NAG plate. These tips are for riders at every level, and even used all the time in the pro classes!

The hi-low has to be the most common pass in a turn, probably because it works best and carries the most speed out of it. This pass is the only one that works in every corner of the track. When executed correctly, you won’t scrub-off any speed either.

This pass takes a little bit of set up and commitment so there are a few things you will need to look for to make sure it will work. It doesn’t matter what position you are in, but the rider in front of you has to be going to the inside of the next turn. You will need to be at-least even with his back wheel on the outside of the rider you are trying to pass–that’s the key! As the rider in front you drives to the inside they will shoot to the top of the corner and be making the turn at the top, about 3/4 of the way through. Usually when riders drive in super hard to the inside while trying to protect their position they stall out at the top of the turn cause turns are built to rail. Thats when you drive into the outside of the turn to the top about 1/4 of the way through and carve as hard as you can when the rider in front of you stalls out. As you carve and start to come down the turn you will need to get right on the pedals and cut all the way across the track to complete the pass and block the rider you just passed. Practice this at your local track with a buddy and switch each time from getting passed to the one passing. This is where you will learn where you need to be to make it work and then start applying it when you race.

The block pass is another one that every rider should work on. In my experience, it works best in the last turn. You will usually lose most of your speed, but it’s a great move when you are looking to get that last qualifying spot or to make a pass for the lead. Like the hi-low, it takes a good set up, so here are a few things you will need to look for.

Coming into the turn the rider in front of you needs to be in the middle of the track to the outside. You need to be carrying more speed into the turn but unlike the hi low you will need to be driving up the inside. It will only work if you are even with the back wheel or closer as you start to enter. If you feel you are further back you will most likely crash trying to do a block pass. As you come into the turn on the inside and are in the right position the rider you are about to pass will be thinking about railing the turn. So when you drive in you will shoot to the top of the corner but the important part is to block the rider and drive him up the turn with you. You both will stall out at the top about 3/4 of the way through the turn, which is way I always wait until the last turn to do this. Once you have made the pass, get ready to get on the pedals and get as much speed down the last quarter of the turn to drive down the last straightaway.

These pass moves take time to learn and should be practiced all the time. Get a friend that you ride with at the track and practice these as much as you can. Yes, its nice to be in front all the time, but there are going to be those times when you have to do the back-of-the-pack charge, picking-off riders in the rhythm, and setting up the epic last turn pass that will have the crowd on their feet, and Instagramming your slickness to fans around the world. But first: the practice. The more you practice these, the better you will get with the set up and see where you need to be to make it happen, while carrying the most speed.

When you’re doing drills with your buddy, take it seriously when you’re the rider getting passed as well. This way, you’ll learn where you need to be to defend against incoming threats. To be honest, out of all the local track training drills, these are my favorite

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