Originally Posted by berniegreen
Are there usually alot of wrecks taking off from the gate when people are fighting for part of a track curve?
Yes. There are wrecks everywhere in the track on bmx. Reason I have 2 seperated shoulder and 2 shattered collarbones bmx racing.
Someone is pushing you low, you shove em up the berm, throw elbos, whatever you need to do.
BMX is not golf, its like hockey. Its a fight to win and you need to be aggressive or someone will put you in your place.
Now, for gate balance...
If you want balance you gotta practice. Get your bike, put it perpendicualr to a curb and balance. Get it and put it perp against a wall and balance. Point is, if your feet are coming down with platforms you need a lot of practice. Odds are as you rank up there will be many running clipless pedals in the gate like I used to. You lean, well guess what, you fall completely down being your stuck to your pedals. Unless your quick at unclipping it's gonna happen at some point. Happened to me a few times in my early years (even though now I dumped the clipless because I can ride even more agressively now). Get some clip pedals and practice balancing with them. You will quickly learn to stay balanced or you will eat ground. Will speed the process up.
And to answer the pushing with your foot... you want to "snap" the gate. Pushing will just make you come out last. Snapping is the process of memorizing gate sounds and times, and right before it drops scooting back on the gate while clip'd or on pedals, and "snapping" forward right as the gate goes down. That way there will be the very least possible delay coming out of the gate. You can literally come out of the gate almost a few seconds before most other riders if you get it down. IE how you pull ahead and spend less time dicking with people in the berms.
From there, manualing is the next biggest thing. Instead of pumping the rythems, you manual, pump, manual, pump or pump pump manual, pump pump manual. Same with jumps. Might be a bit a head of you being your learning gates but just something to think about.
Originally Posted by Industry_Hack
There are videos out there of professional racers getting a bit of smoke off the back tire as the gate drops.
Should be no spinning of the tires. They are snapping the gate. They are already moving before the gate drops. Back, then slingshot forward. Gate "snap" is what the pros, and experts do, and the same thing I've slaughtered people with at National events. Some people just don't get how its done and it comes back to bite them when someone in the gate does know how to properly snap the gate.