B. “It’s important that when I come off the high-speed road I have my speed down enough that I can avoid the obstacles in the sand wash.” Standing up allows Campbell to maintain better control while braking in the loose rocks that litter this road, and also helps him see farther ahead and down into the sand wash. Remember: The faster you go—or want to go—the farther ahead you need to look.
C. “I transition from a hardpack road via hardpack off-camber, so I’m really concentrating on weighting the outside peg and trying to get the bike to hook up so it doesn’t slip out of control and hit rocks.” As you can see, Campbell has shifted his weight forward by this point because he’s done with most of his braking as he drops down the off-camber. Thus, he wants to weight the front wheel as well as the outside (downhill here) peg for maximum steering control.
D. As Campbell drops farther into the wash, he begins to sit down, thus transferring more weight to the front of the bike. It’s really not much different from going into a turn on a motocross course.
E. With his weight forward and fully onto the seat, elbows up, inside leg thrust forward slightly for balance and outside knee pressing hard against the tank, Campbell can confidently turn the front wheel hard, even though he’s not completely done with the off-camber and into the flat part of the sand wash yet. You can also tell he’s looking well down the trail, scanning for the next obstacle.
F. Campbell holds a tight line inside the turn instead of letting it drift wide where the one big rock is sitting (see the first photo). As he begins to accelerate harder, the rear of the bike squats and digs into the sand wash. “Being smooth is the key in this situation because it’s easy to go too fast,” he laughs, “and you don’t want to go too slow so you have to really [scan the trail well ahead of you thoroughly so you can avoid] obstacles like rocks.”