PART I: PRE-RIDING
Before riding comes pre-riding. Take a good look at the corner, and how other riders tackle it. “During pre-ride, I’m looking for stumps, divots, ruts, sprinkler heads… anything that is going to get in my way,” says Powers.
“If there’s one that is particularly hard, I’ll pull off the course and see if the other riders are taking a different line. That happens once in a while – you don’t always see things how others see them. You get a good lay of the land, get comfortable, then increase the speed in those subsequent laps. The problem with most corners is that there’s a natural speed limit, and if you go over that you end up on the ground. You have to realize that you can’t take every corner at 25mph.”