Aug 29, 2000
I'm not as fast as all the guys on the track each weekend and I was wondering which side of the track should I stay on if i'm slower?


Aug 9, 1999
Its not important what side you are on, just don't change lines suddenly. If a fast guy is passing you, stick to your line and he will know how to get around you.

NEVER change lines anywhere near or after a jump. Otherwise someone is going to get jumped on, or the fast guy will need to make drastic changes to miss you that will cause him to wreck.

Some tracks have optional jumps where one half of the track has an easier set of doubles or a table, and the other might be a tripple. In that case, stick to the easier option if you have no intention of jumping the tripple.

(Now a Red Rider)
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2005 Lori Nyland Award Winner
Nov 12, 1999
Reeko your perfect in that answer, slower riders must realize in a racing situation to HOLD THIER LINE! They can not second guess what a rider is thinking behind them or sombody is going to get hurt!

Faster RIDERS should pay attention to this also, don't go screaming at a lapped rider that doesn't "move over" since if he doesn't race with you or cut you off then its your job to pass him.

I have seen this for years and been mad a time or two also, but the main thing is that riders should be aware of the big picture and ride smart and safe. enough stuff can happen on its own!@


"don't wake me.......I am working."


Sep 22, 2000
Reeko has great advice. Hold your lines. It will keep you and the faster riders safer.

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Sep 28, 2000
I know at some of our races the big jumps that do not have an easy side are divided down the middle with a white chalk line.

If you are going to jump it, you go on the left, and you had better jump it or you will be DQ'd

Otherwise you go to the right. But these are our local rules and might vary depending on where you go. Those riders meetings are important.

My friend shoved his ankle through his tibia and fibula last year because some guy stopped on the table top of the finish line jump.

A lack of planning on your part
does not constitute an emergency on my part

[This message has been edited by Hokie (edited 03-15-2001).]


Timmy Timmy Timmy!
Sep 24, 2000
Reeko has gave you the best advise.

I don't agree with the white line down the middle of the jump. If riders would pay attention to where they are going. The dividing white line would not be needed. I think most would agree. Hold your line and stay to one side. There is a new local track that has just opened here. The owner is planning on doing the divided white line. To the left you jump, to the right, no jumping. What if the best line is to the right? Now I can't jump the double. If I go out and practice on the track during the week, and my better line is to the right. Might that make the jump more dangerous for me and those racing around me? Also, most local tracks at best are maybe 20' wide. So now I'm racing to hold my position. My competition in front or behind of me only have to 10' to do the double. I don't like the idea, and think it is a recipe for disaster!


Feb 2, 2001
Mainly, I have to give credit to JohnyB for bringing this question to light. Thanks, it helps all involved be safer when riding. It is good to see someone asking for help when they don't know.
Lastly, I will sound like a broken record and say that slower riders should Hold Their Line when being overtaken. The faster riders know where you are and they should have enough skill and speed to safely pass you on a differnt line on the track.
Thanks again JohnyB.


Mar 17, 2001
Absolutely hold your line, it's up to those passing to get past. Believe me, I'm the mutts nuts at being passed - theres not much I don't know about this subject!!!



Aug 19, 2000
One thing that is VERY important (ive had experience with this!!) DO NOT act like ur gonna do a double then let off right before you jump it! i landed on a lapper one time like this...wasnt fun pulling his footpeg out of my thigh....... :p


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