Every trick starts in the head
The legs are just supposed to pedal. While biking, the most important part of the body can be found further up. “In our sport, the head is the crucial part. It opens the door to the next level”, Szymon says. “If you want to learn a new trick, first of all you have to imagine it.” That’s why, after ten years on the bike, he has started to train his mental strength purposefully – to be able to visualize even better.
Can I land the trick? Do I have to counteract? Or do I have to ditch the bike and jump off? In the air, Szymon has to make split-second decisions. That’s why he edits out his surroundings and focuses thoroughly on the moment. “You have to completely move in the moment”, the pro biker explains: “Only then you have enough time to think clearly and do the right thing in critical situations.”