How to Ride Like a Pro: Matthew Sterling
2. My second tip is knowing when to pump. I come from a BMX background, so it gives me the advantage at certain times. Pumping helps to conserve energy by saving your legs from pedaling. Pumping generates speed and helps with flow. Of course, you need to have the right conditions to allow you to pump. For example, one of my favorite World Cup races this year was Leogang, Austria. The course has a long BMX-style straight that allows for a lot of pumping. I really took advantage of this in my race run, and as a result, I had a top-10 finish.
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