Step 2 – Pick the right gear and speed up

While it may seem totally counterintuitive, the only way you’ll get over any challenging obstacle on a climb is by picking the right gear and approaching with speed. My preference is for a slightly higher (harder) gear than you would usually use. This will assist in getting up to speed, assist with your balance and also stop you spinning out on anything slippery if your wheels happen to hit the slippery stuff. Pedal hard into it and focus on the dirt (traction) on the other side. Don’t look at the root or that’s what you’ll hit!