14. Scope Out Your Drops: If you’re going to take air, scope out the jump and the landing before you drop. You should never hit jumps and drops blind – this is a quick ticket to the hospital.
15. Don’t get cocky: building your mountain biking skills and confidence is all aboutsmall gains and progression. Build your skills in small steps and don’t overestimate your skills. If you get cocky and decide that you can go from a beginner trail to a Whistler Bike Park double-black-diamond, or go from 2-foot-drops to 40-foot gap jumps, you’ll quickly discover the error of your ways. Nothing shatters your mountain bike confidence more than a big crash, so push your limits gradually!