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Old 10-29-07, 01:50 PM   #1
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Lumpy Grass

For some reason (oh, I know ... I'm puny) I have trouble with this stuff. Not dirt, not short grass, not mud or sand, but longish (4") field grass w/ soft ground underneath. It just seems to sap my momentum and I find myself struggling to keep any speed going in it. A lot of the time I find it really jarring as well which adds to the problem.

I'm a fairly light guy (140# or so), rookie (senior 4) and normally run my tires low (34-38psi). Any tips on being faster through terrain like this?
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For some reason (oh, I know ... I'm puny) I have trouble with this stuff. Not dirt, not short grass, not mud or sand, but longish (4") field grass w/ soft ground underneath. It just seems to sap my momentum and I find myself struggling to keep any speed going in it. A lot of the time I find it really jarring as well which adds to the problem.

I'm a fairly light guy (140# or so), rookie (senior 4) and normally run my tires low (34-38psi). Any tips on being faster through terrain like this?
I have similar problems with lumpy grass that jars you and slows you down. I'm not sure what the solution is, but I'm really interested in seeing what other people say about this.
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Dont plant your a** on the saddle. Float with the bike use your legs like shocks.
I find myself standing and hammering this type of stuff more then anywhere else on a course.
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It's just slow going. Groups get broken up on the stuff rather quickly, but no one is going to be flying by any means. It's just a long slugfest.

For short section with a paved section beforehand, you gotta get a bigger gear up to speed and ram through the stuff. You have to post a bit and allow the bike to dance underneath you, but keep pedaling. Get on the tops, and allow your arms to relax and absorb the front end. Keep your butt of the seat so the rear can dance as well. You might pedal without being in contact with the ground, but eventually you'll touch down again. Be a rock getting skipped across a lake.

A long section is a mental battle. The ground might be flat, but treat it like a long road climb. Keep the pressure on until you reach the end, but don't end your effort there. Once on the pavement, get the bike up to speed and carry some momentum. Ok, now try and recover some.
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For some reason I have trouble with this stuff.
Join the club. It's slow terrain.

I'm with Milice here, you want to have your shocks (legs and arms) in full effect. Think of a good mogul skier or a good motocross racer going through the whoops.

But you still have to burn matches to get through the stuff fast.
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Okay, so I'm not the only one who finds this hard (yay). Thanks for the tips, all. I'll see if I can make some improvements this week when I'm practicing.
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