I've been watching some videos to improve certain parts of my technique, and one of them on the list was tight uphill switchbacks. Watching it made me realize that I'm doing it pretty much right on the money; I come in with speed, dropping into a stump puller gear during the approach, stay on the outside, up the pedaling speed, cut in sharply, upshift, and lay into it at my normal cadence. I'm even doing it with my weight over the front bars, sitting on the nose of the saddle, with the seat all the way up and staring through the turn to the straight ahead the whole way. I kinda fell into doing it this way, without ever really concentrating on it. I remember hating to climb when I started out, but now uphill switchbacks are probably my favorite thing to do. A park near me has a set of them with banked turns that are designed for fast descent, and I just attack them going up, which had a couple of riders at the top staring at me in disbelief. There's no better feeling than sitting at the top of a big hill, staring down at the winding trail, knowing you just powered your way up it.
For whatever reason, I just cannot get the feel for descending tight switchbacks. The more open, banked switchbacks aren't too tough, but the tight windy ones descending just bleed speed as I awkwardly try to navigate the turns. The feel just hasn't clicked for me yet.
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