Tuesday Tip: Sizing up Jumps for Beginners

Figuring out how fast you have to hit a jump so that you can successfully get over it is always one of the challenging items for beginning riders. We asked everyone’s favorite doctor, Dr. D (AKA Doug Dubach), for his prescription on a successful operation.

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“You’ve got to take all things into account when you’re sizing up a jump. The approach, the type of jump, and your skill level. A lot of times, with the exception of when there’s another obstacle afterwards, you’re usually better off overjumping it than underjumping it,. As long as there’s no obstacle immediately after, and there’s plenty of flat room out there, you can go ahead and overjump it. That way, even if you flatland it and take a little bit of a jolt, it’s still better than coming up short.