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    Rocky Ridge @ Santa Teresa Park

    Any tips on getting down it faster? Not sure what other info I should post other than I have an FS bike and at mid-6 minutes now. Would like to break 6 minutes (or less) consistently. I practice up 'n down it from time to time, but not getting much faster. Thanks in advance for any tips.

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    I would suggest going down with someone much faster and follow his line.

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    If you ride early in the morning with out the head wind you will cut down on the time. Sprinting on the flat sections is where you will see the most improvement on time if you are treating this like a TT. Also starting further back from the invisible starting line and sprinting through it will give you a nice rolling start. Other then that I don't think most of us could give you any more advice unless we knew how you were riding the technical sections or how you corner.

    As fun as it is to cut time down on your descent, don't get caught up in it though. If you see people in front of you while you are chasing a PR... slow down! Just let it go and come back another day or time when there is less people and give it a go again. It's all for fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2clue View Post
    If you ride early in the morning with out the head wind you will cut down on the time. Sprinting on the flat sections is where you will see the most improvement on time if you are treating this like a TT. Also starting further back from the invisible starting line and sprinting through it will give you a nice rolling start. Other then that I don't think most of us could give you any more advice unless we knew how you were riding the technical sections or how you corner.

    As fun as it is to cut time down on your descent, don't get caught up in it though. If you see people in front of you while you are chasing a PR... slow down! Just let it go and come back another day or time when there is less people and give it a go again. It's all for fun!
    This post is full of excellent info, especially the last part.
    It's also probably one of the worst trails to crash on, you are guaranteed to land in a pile of rocks...

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    First step: lower the seat a little. Second... Follow someone faster. Third, ride something with boingy bits.

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    Don't know about you guys, but I would not push it there without some pads and a full face. And some back protection, at least a backpack... Those rocky bits are kinda sharp to roll over at high rate of speed, if one eats it. I mean, I ride it on a little hardtail, and not particularly slow, but I would not try to go for personal records on this one..

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    Don't do it on a yellow 1986 Rockhopper Comp with cantilever brakes.

    Just don't.

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    Funny how that old cop guy that rides a fairy fart bike flies down that damn trail.

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    Heard that old cop guy is super awesome and people fawn all over him!!! Have also heard he is a giant prick! All I know is that snowjnky wants to be more like him. I might be able to shed some light on this topic. I have done this run full bore on a full DH style bike (santa cruz bullit w/ Boxxer fork) and also on my fairy fart hardtail. It might seem hard to believe but the DH bike was only faster by 10 secs. I also had tube tires when I went fast on the hardtail so was worried about PF's. An earlier poster mentioned pinning it on the flat parts and I think that is the key. Unless we are all Mark Weir types the difference in the tech sections won't be that substantial. You have to gun it right from the start. I actually was doing a bunch of bunny hopping over rocky parts hoping not to PF or go off the trail. Easy to do and you get that pucker factor too. Do this trail a bunch of times before your official try and you'll remember parts and be ready for them.

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    Pin it on the flats and go over the rocks not around them.

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    Going up with no dabs is much more of an accomplishment. But yeah, what everyone else said.
    Can we talk tires now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubsl2 View Post
    Pin it on the flats and go over the rocks not around them.
    This. pedal hard up top. get lose on your bike. the art of a 2 inch bunny hop at speed will help you keep a straighter line. Oh yeah and practice.
    last bit of advice is that the trail will always be there so if another user(s) slow you down, imbrace it there is alwyas next time.
    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    Heard that old cop guy is super awesome and people fawn all over him!!! Have also heard he is a giant prick! All I know is that snowjnky wants to be more like him.!
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    you mean that guy..yeah I heart him
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    Going up with no dabs is much more of an accomplishment. But yeah, what everyone else said.
    ehhh beating Dan's time would make my 2013 . No dabs can be done and once you do it you do it almost every other time. But breaking 5 minutes DH is a feat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    *advice, goals, advice*
    Yeah... I know your secret weapon, homie.

    Guys, we have a cheater. Mr. Jnky is using a special set-up for RR.


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    just use all the "cheater" lines.

    but that's no fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Yeah... I know your secret weapon, homie.

    Guys, we have a cheater. Mr. Jnky is using a special set-up for RR.

    DUDE you promised
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Yeah... I know your secret weapon, homie.

    Guys, we have a cheater. Mr. Jnky is using a special set-up for RR.

    Quote Originally Posted by Acadian View Post
    just use all the "cheater" lines.

    but that's no fun
    I call them the fun lines
    Next time I will follow your lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    I call them the fun lines
    Next time I will follow your lines.
    I have no lines - I make them as I'm going down

    and I like to coast the boring flat stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Yeah... I know your secret weapon, homie.

    Guys, we have a cheater. Mr. Jnky is using a special set-up for RR.

    Quote Originally Posted by Acadian View Post
    I have no lines - I make them as I'm going down

    and I like to coast the boring flat stuff
    yes you do.
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    Gopro went dead around the big oak I also stopped to talk to Lporkstaker, but this shows you my "cheater lines" up top
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    For the record, Motorbacon hit his head on a tree branch on RR.

    "What tree branch?" you ask...

    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    For the record, Motorbacon hit his head on a tree branch on RR.

    "What tree branch?" you ask...

    Exactly.
    That's the same tree where I let Mark Weir and his crew pass. fackers are fast. I was analyzing lines that day, walking up and down. They blew by, and I forgot to watch their lines. That kinda ticked me off, was too busy watching them and not their lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    That's the same tree where I let Mark Weir and his crew pass. fackers are fast. I was analyzing lines that day, walking up and down. They blew by, and I forgot to watch their lines. That kinda ticked me off, was too busy watching them and not their lines.
    That must be the same tree branch where I passed Mark Weir and his crew. I was like, "Hardtail on your left!" I had both earbuds in and was yelling loudly so I know he had to hear me. I remember I was rocking out to Dan Fogelberg "Leader of the band". My contour was videoing the ride and after I got down to the bridge and had time to stretch, Weir finally made it down. He asked me what line do I take and I told him, "I don't look for lines. I look deep inside myself and just feel the trail". The only tip I gave him was to try my advanced technique of closing your eyes every once in a while. I don't suggest this to everyone but saw that he rides pretty well. He looked at me like I was bat sh&t crazy but then he gave it a go. I think he might have set the KOM for the DH on that run. I was right behind him and only passed him once to just set up the camera to capture it. It was a great day. If you believe any of this story, I have a mythical tree branch on RR would like to show you!
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    Pmarshall,

    Please don't wear earbuds, you obviously couldn't hear me yelling "Unicycle behind, let me pass...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    That must be the same tree branch where I passed Mark Weir and his crew. I was like, "Hardtail on your left!" I had both earbuds in and was yelling loudly so I know he had to hear me. I remember I was rocking out to Dan Fogelberg "Leader of the band". My contour was videoing the ride and after I got down to the bridge and had time to stretch, Weir finally made it down. He asked me what line do I take and I told him, "I don't look for lines. I look deep inside myself and just feel the trail". The only tip I gave him was to try my advanced technique of closing your eyes every once in a while. I don't suggest this to everyone but saw that he rides pretty well. He looked at me like I was bat sh&t crazy but then he gave it a go. I think he might have set the KOM for the DH on that run. I was right behind him and only passed him once to just set up the camera to capture it. It was a great day. If you believe any of this story, I have a mythical tree branch on RR would like to show you!
    Yes, I felt a strange breeze and I thought I saw something, but I wasn't sure. It must have been you, faster than a speeding bullet and all.

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    P-Marsh:

    Obviously you flow your whip on the gnar.

    Did you pass Weir because you have a dropper post, wide bars, 650 wheels and flat pedals?

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