The above videos were taken at Bromont a few weeks ago when pre-riding the course at Bromont, Quebec for the Canada Cup. This little rock bed was a little tricky to pop up onto and hold the proper line to exit properly out and carry on down the single track.
If you notice in the first video when Charlotte first enters the rocks, you will see her pause her pedal stroke a few times while on the rocks. This pause in the pedal stroke allows the momentum gained before entering to be lost and Charlotte to have to clip out and dismount.
In the other video after a few practice runs, Charlotte is now riding the line as smoothly and quickly as Elite rider Peter Glassford. It almost looks like a different section she is doing so well.
Momentum is key in many technical sections in allowing us to be able through or over the obstacles. Often we are coming to obstacles with some speed are able to get into ready position and coast over the obstacle and start to pedal again on the other side.
When you have very little or no momentum entering technical sections it is absolutely important that we continue to pedal the entire time to create your own momentum and keep yourself moving forward and keep your balance.
Many times in these situations it is half a pedal stroke that will get us through an obstacle but we clip out and dab...So remember to really try and keep pedaling at all times to help keep your bicycle moving forward...
And like many of my riders do...listen for that annoying little voice in your head...pedal pedal pedal :)
So find an obstacle that has always given you a little trouble and just see if you can get over or through it with a little help from yourself...and of course smooth consistent pedal stroke.