Long Rutted Turns
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Long rutted turns are a great place to gain time on a competitor if you're able to ride them as they're meant to be ridden. The start of the long rut is the most crucial part of the turn and the front brake is the key to setting the bike up correctly entering this section.
Balance through the entire rut is important too because being still and not too animated will make it easier to maintain your momentum in, through and out of the rut.
Your legs being tight and against the bike will aid your balance and keeping your upper body weight forward. This will allow the front wheel to stay down in the base of the rut as well. If your front wheel climbs the rut it is more likely to blow through the top of the rut causing your front wheel to wash out.
|Long rutted turns are the norm at sand tracks like Southwick.|
Your transition from braking to power needs to be smooth. If it's too aggressive you will most likely cause a shift in your body weight resulting in an off balanced feeling and sometimes your inside foot will dab, causing your suspension to totally change and increasing your chances of falling.
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Keeping your eyes moving ahead of the bike through the rut will help balance you and allow you to see changes in the rut so you don't overreact to these changes. Practicing long ruts and not avoiding them is the best way to figure out your specific limitations and work on fixing them.
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