I'm coming from a mountain bike background, and I've messed around on a BMX bike before, but this was my first time at an actual BMX track. It was just practice, not racing, but I had a lot of fun with it. Anyway, I had a question. One of the stretches had a tabletop that was high enough that I was losing all of my speed over it. I'd come out of the turn, pedal for all I was worth, suck up the face of the jump...yet still lose all my speed. The next time I tried jumping, but again, by the time I got to the lip, I lost pretty much all my speed, so I got all of two inches of air and landed on the top with no momentum. I watched some of the better riders do it, and they sucked up the face, pedaled across the top, and then pumped the backside, but even trying that, I still slowed down to a crawl for most of that straightaway since I would lose speed and not have enough time between jumps to regain it (and I do realize ideally I'd be pumping and gaining speed over the jumps, but hopefully that will come with practice). I'm not sure if they just carried more speed into it or if they did something completely different or what. I'm sure most of it is needing practice, but I'd really like to figure out what kind of technique I should be using, and then practice that technique, rather than practicing something inefficient. A couple people mentioned that it would be easier if I were using a race bike rather than a freestyle bike, but I'm not so stupid as to think that the bike is the problem. Any ideas on what my problem is here? Thanks!