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"When entering a turn, especially a 180 degree turn, I notice that a lot of riders take the middle line. I've read about 'High/Lows,' but how do you feel about a 'Low/High' old school hard core block pass? They seem a lot easier, even though they don't win any friends. Mixing it up keeps it interesting. What do you think?"
Low/High...humm, that's not old school....It's just racing, as a rule if there
is 2 feet you take it, that rule applies today, yesterday, tomorrow...It is the
way to pass and since we are not trying to gain friends on the track it's cool.
The middle line or The Blue Line is the fastest way around if done properly. The high low will work if the lead rider is high on the blue line and of course the old school way of coming in low and going high is always an option and will work, but you have to be careful that someone does not kick your front wheel out from under you, and you get run over from the riders behind.
Keep The Rubber Side Down,
I agree with you that the Low high mixers thing up in the races. Racing
these days in pro especially, you need to keep you speed up. Usually a Low
high will slow you down and sometimes you have to bump into the other rider
you are trying pass and that slows you down and allows the 3rd place rider to
go by both of you. With High low you have more chance to keep you speed and
to pass the rider in front of you and win the race. Again everything has to
be perfect to be able to pull these moves off. You could be setting someone
up for a high low and the rider behind you is setting you up for a low High
making it for an interesting corner. Either way you can make passes, but the
key thing is to stay in front and keep your speed after yo have made the pass.
Block passes are great to do. But you should always be able to do an outside
in pass. Otherwise what happens if the rider in front of you goes to the
inside and you can't? Then you have to be able to go to the outside and
still make your high/low move. But, yes, the block pass is still a great way
to pass people and everyone still uses that move.
The old "won't make you friends" block pass is an old but not
forgotten fave. Probably Chuck T is the best qualified member of the group to
answer this one - I know cuz he's probably pimped all of the rest of us Pros
at least 10 times. The crucial part to this pass is to make sure to ride your
opponent up and block his line at the exit of the berm. Too many riders make
good dive under other riders but fail to block their exit line and watch as
the would be pass victim rails the berm and gets away. Block passes tend to
be most effective in slow and small turns where there's no risk to getting
high-lowed by a third rider as you ride your opponent up. Save high lows for
when you're desperately in last going into the first turn or when faced with
a one-on-one situation in a semi in the last turn. Otherwise, they tend to
waste too much speed and only set you up to get pulled on the next straight.
I think that the the high low block pass is good. making the this pass is simple, However, when making the and once you have passed him. You alwys want
to try to swing wide to block his line. I think this more is fair and smart riding.
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