Ahh Haa thats where mountain bike skills(assuming you have them) comes in ... things like drifting, rear wheel drifts, two wheeled drifts .. using the rear wheel locked up to steer .., bunny hopping obstacles, weight transfer , using speed as your friend to get you out of a sticky sitch ...so on and so fourth , and when you do get stung ,sure it's gonna hurt! but pain is just temporary, experience lasts forever !!
Velosophy#1: It is better to have a bicycle and no money , than money and no bicycle ! Velosophy # 2 : "Winning is simple, but not easy." #3: "Give a man a fish and he shall eat for a day , teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day"