Why Choose A 2-Beat Kick?

The decision to use a flutter kick or a 2-Beat Kick is a matter of trade-offs. In the flutter kick the legs are disconnected from the torso in order to produce linear (rearward) thrust that is combined with the pulling action of the arms. But those are two separate actions. The body is divided at the waist so that the lower body can move in a way that serves the kick and the upper body can move in a way that serves the arm strokes.

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Essential Mobile Apps For Moutain Bikers

For athletes that take up mountain biking, the obvious first things that are needed are a bike, and the can-do attitude that’s required for such an adrenaline fuelled activity. However, once you have got the hang of it, there are relevant apps that can be downloaded on your mobile device to ensure you reach your full potential.


Of course, there are applications for websites like www.novibet.co.uk which will ensure that mountain bikers are entertained at home, but when you’re riding there are perfect apps available; ones that you never knew you needed until now.


This particular app is dedicated to helping riders find the best possible route, while also taking into consideration the climbs, and allowing for interactivity. You can search maps from over 95 countries; with fellow bikers leaving reviews on the routes that they have done, ensuring that you don’t waste a day with a direction that is too easy.

You can also get GPS tracking, trail conditions and a compass. It is full proof and has every base covered; it is essential for mountain bikers. It is also equally as good for beginners as it’s for experienced riders; as the app offers navigation trail networks to ensure that you don’t get lost.

On the app, they already claim to have 160,379 trails to explore across 95 countries, and also provide over 300,000 pictures to get you in the mood for the route you’re about to do.


Social media is a popular commodity nowadays, and most riders like to catch their ride by video so they can play it back and watch it and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. GoPro allows riders to record the entirety of their journey by using a small video camera that is connected to your phone and place on your helmet. It is the perfect way to relive the adventure that you have made.

It could also make for a new hobby, as you can spend time editing and adding sound and music clips to your videos to produce a short film.


This app is perfect for all athletes, as it can track your heartbeat, how far you have ridden, and how much power you have exceeded. Strava is the ideal application for monitoring your performance, and it is simple. It can be connected to your phone or GPS watch, and then it can begin to keep records of your performance metrics.

Not only that but the app works perfectly as another social media channel as you can connect with friends to show them how you’re performing and the routes you’re taking. You can post status updates, pictures and videos on your channel. There are also security advantages as family members can see where you are when you’re exercising should you allow them access to your location. This app is now used by thousands of clubs and organisations around the world as a way to track performance levels.


Let’s face it; weather plays a significant role in whether you can ride and how far you can go. This is one of the most reliable apps, with up-to-the-minute updates. It is also perfect for telling you the correct temperature as well as the temperature that it actually feels like. This means that you will be able to dress either warmer or cooler depending on the weather.

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Four ways Mountain Biking can support mental health

Biking is by far the most popular sport in the US in present day. It is more important to Americans than soccer, baseball, and even basketball. And that is not a hyperbole considering the 40 million participants in cycling events every year.

There are many good reasons the American people love mountain biking. Apart from the countless great outdoors that provide a natural terrain for the adrenalin-fueled activity, the health benefits of mountain biking are far from simple.

Mountain biking is a sport that literally engages all your muscles, thereby inducing a full body work out. Your lower limbs grind while going uphill while you put your abdomen, back, arms, chest, and shoulders to use on a descent.

But are the benefits of MTB only for physical health? Majority of the leisure riders think, and some pros, sadly so. MTB does far more than keeping unwanted fat at bay. Here are 4 mental benefits you can get from frequently hitting the trails.

1.     Endorphins

Endorphins are not what you gain directly from riding your bicycle. They are feel-good hormones: chemicals your body releases during a workout regimen. But I’ll spare you all the scientific jargons and cut to the chase about how it works.

These feel-good hormones significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels. We all know how these bad guys can work us over, and how beautiful our lives could be without any of them.

2.     Nirvana

Meditation is good for the mind. It also has its physical benefits. I remember my lessons in ancient Indian philosophy, about the interconnectedness of everything that exists. But you do not need special yoga sessions to attain to oneness with nature.

You can connect with nature, eyes wide open, by hitting the great outdoors. This is called ecotherapy. Recent findings from research prove that ecotherapy specifically targets depression.

3.     Focus

If you have an uncanny ability to work productively for long hours or see your projects to a desired end, thank God for you. Ask people with ADD/ADHD how much they’ll be willing to spend if they could buy ‘focus.’ A lot of things go on in people’s minds and you don’t need any effort to lose focus.

Riding alone in that mighty forest can remind you that all the problems in the world are not only yours. There are many awe-inspiring views in America that will make you appreciate other things in life. So, ride on… and keep your head straight!

4.     Confidence

If you think confidence is all about good looks and a charming smile, then this post is definitely for you. Knowing that you can go out in the world and achieve something has more to do with your mental health than a muscular body, or even an impeccable CV. Love can leave you broken and failures can work you over.

What if I tell you, that some of these fears you can conquer right on the trail? When finally you beat that difficult trail feature, achieve that new jump, or make that monstrous climb that has felt impossible to do for months, there’s a sense of achievement you’ll feel. The lessons learnt are not only handy for stunting between the trees. They also reflect significantly in the way you handle many other situations in your life.

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Becoming A New Student Again

But on land, though these movements are, at their core, fighting movements, in our practice there is no opponent, no substance, no external reference point other than gravity, the floor and the walls, to tell me if I am moving the right way. I have found myself closing my eyes and trying to sense how force should be flowing through my body, to feel some sense of purpose to each movement, yet the teacher is reluctant to add that complexity to our instruction so soon. For now I have to aim for the appearance of correct form and trust the teacher’s external feedback and his manner of dispensing the details.

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The first World Cup event of 2019 in almost here

The stars of the Downhill mountain biking will gather in Maribor, Slovenia at the end of the month for the first of eleven events spread across the three disciplines of Cross Country Olympic XCO, Downhill (DH) and Cross-Country Short Circuit (XCC).

The UCI have been an organised bunch over the last 12 months and have even released the calendar for 2020 due to it being an Olympic year.

However, back to 2019 as the action promises to be full of thrills and spills and plenty of intense action as the worlds best commence battle.

If 2018 is anything to go by, then we are in for a real treat after Switzerland’s Nino Schurter took the crown in the men’s Cross Country, and Frenchman Amaury Pierron took the top prize in the Downhill discipline.

For British fans, Rachel Atherton came out on top in a gruelling contest with fellow Brit Tahnée Seagrave to claim the Downhill title and the 31-year-old is once again the favourite and well worth keeping tabs on in the live betting at sites such as  www.novibet.co.uk for ongoing value throughout the year.

Maribor – Slovenia

The Downhill season gets under way in Europe in the city of Maribor.

It will be the first time the city has hosted a World Cup event since 2010 although the circuit has been lauded as one of the very best with plenty of intense action set to ensue.

The Riders

Amaury Pierron is the man to beat in the man’s category after sweeping to the title in 2018.

The Frenchman defeated Britain’s Danny Hart by294 points to sweep to his maiden downhill title and he will be eager to repeat that feat in 2019.

The British siblings of Gee Atherton (competing in the men’s downhill) and Rachel Atherton has made the bold move of moving from Trek Factory racing to racing on bikes developed under their own brand – Atherton Bikes.

34-year-old Gee Atherton had a torrid time in 2018 finishing down in ninth place but the 5-time former World Cup winner and two-time downhill world champion looks to bring in a new era for the Atherton’s on their own equipment.

His sister Rachel is looking to capitalise on a truly remarkable 2018 where she claimed her sixth downhill World Cup success and also stormed to downhill victory at the World Championships for her fifth title.

The likes of Tahnée Seagrave will be attempting to get the better of her countrywomen in what promises to be a thrilling tournament for the women.

Where Next?

After Slovenia, it will be the turn of the Cross-Country disciplines as the World Cup moves to Albstadt in Germany before a trip to the Czech Republic.

The next downhill event after Maribor does not take place until the beginning of June when the series heads to Fort William in Scotland and by then we will have a clearer picture of who is on form and who needs to do what in an action packed year of mountain bike action.

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