I never felt totally confident on fast descents going around blind curves. A few weeks ago, I hit a stone in the road and almost lost it. This was exactly the same place where I had seen two other guys get seriously hurt over the past two years when they wiped out on gravel or broken pavement. Now I am really nervous and braking like crazy on fast downhill curves. Even, blue-haired women are passing me!
I feel like my sense of balance is not all that great. Maybe its aging (I'm almost 60) or maybe it's all just pscyhological. The question is what can I do to improve my sense of balance, cornering, and most of all, my confidence. I undersand and use proper cornering technique - that kept me from wiping out when I hit the stone a few weeks ago and the front wheel popped several inches to the side.
Should I just follow people down the hill and assume if they make it that I will? Are there any exercises I could do to improve my balance and cornering?