While everyone seems to like Supercross-style sky shots, there are times when that’s simply not advisable. AMA EnduroCross course layouts, after all, are not like Supercross, and if you were to “send it” on some of these steep, peaked towers of dirt (some of which might have a log at the top), you’d get lots of hang time, but you’d also find yourself flat-landing or—worse—coming down on top of another obstacle or rider!
In such instances, off-road legend Destry Abbott advises standing on the approach, chopping the throttle at the top, and letting the bike drop down the other side while your body acts like a hinge to allow that without interrupting the flow.
An added note is that this is a perfect opportunity to remember to breathe. “The biggest thing, as I mentioned in my [EnduroCross] class, is breathing,” Abbott points out. “That’s off-road racing in general, just working on breathing. That’s something that I think a lot of people overlook is the breathing aspect, controlled breathing and things like that.”