Tuesday Tip: Dodging Roost

There’s no doubt that reminding yourself to catch a few big breaths per lap can help you maintain your speed, especially when you starting to push the pace. But as Kevin Windham illustrated last weekend when a dirt clod caught in his throat caused him to vomit during the first moto, eating too much roost can have negative consequences on your results.

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Of course some of the more popular methods of dodging roost include ducking down behind your visor, turning your head to the side, or using a roost deflector on the front of your helmet.

One tip used by mountain bikers in areas with lots of bugs (and if you’ve ever sucked down a bug, you know how unpleasant that experience can be) is to use your top lip to overlap your bottom lip. That way you can still breathe normally, but you eliminate a direct route to your throat and lungs.