Some riders think hill-climbs are the most difficult part of off-road riding. They’re not.
It’s something that can be learned easily with progression. Start small, and work your way up.
Riding off-camber is an entirely different story.
Mainly, as it involves lots of weight transfer and counter-balancing, all of which can seem unnatural.
When approaching an off-camber section:
Put weight over the foot that’s on the downside of the camber, to give grip to the edge of the tire.
Stand up (for additional bike control), and be ready to put out your inside leg out in case you bobble.
Try to keep throttle movement smooth. It’s hard enough to balance on off-cambers, without additional jerky movements to counter.
Look at where you want to go, as that’s where you’ll usually end up (i.e. don’t look around you, or directly at your front wheel, look ahead).
#6 – Negotiating roots
If you’re riding roots, and notice a camber, the technique is the same as above.
The difference is you should be ready for the front wheel to snap off the roots. So, you’ll expect to be dabbing your inside leg regularly to keep yourself stable.
Get used to leaving this inside foot completely off the peg at times.
Eventually, you’ll progress to riding straight through roots as if they weren’t there.
You do this by loosening your grip on the bars, gripping more with your legs and knees, and purposely allowing the bike to dance around off each root.
By staying in an attack position (bent knees and arms), you’ll absorb each “snap” of the front and rear wheels. Momentum will continue to push you forward.
#7 – Conquering sand, bulldust and mud
If in doubt, gas it out. Or, something like that.
The key to boggy and sandy terrain, is keeping the front-end light.
That means a slight weight transfer to the rear, but also plenty of throttle.
It’s important not to “blip” the throttle on and off. Keep your throttle hand steady to hold the front light.
Blipping the throttle on and off is going to throw your centre of gravity all over the place, causing the front wheel to dig in, and there’s a good chance that ends with you eating a face full of sand or mud.