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Choose Your Line
Identify the most commonly traveled route of descent.
Before you get to a downhill section of the trail, survey the situation off your mountain bike, just as you would any unfamiliar trail feature. Once you are confident enough to ride the terrain, look ahead on the trail to identify obstacles and steep changes in elevation. If it is a commonly used trail you will most likely be able to distinguish “the line”—the most commonly traveled route through a particular section of trail.