Sometimes, the best way to ride better is to go right the way back to basics. Here are five often-neglected, basic – yet essential – skills that every mountain biker should work on.

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What if you go back – way back to the time when you first learnt to ride a bike? Now, you might think that you’ve covered off those really basic skills, but, for many of us (even some of the world’s best), the big improvements in riding come from working on these. Skills like getting better at looking ahead instead of at your front tyre, improving your braking and refining your pedalling technique will all help you to ride much, much faster. So, why not go back to basics..?

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