Destry Abbott EnduroCross Riding Tip—Downhill Matrix


One of the original obstacles in AMA EnduroCross, the Matrix replicated the task of crossing logs in the woods, but made it far more challenging by requiring multiple, consecutive crossings of unevenly spaced logs. The spacing was always such that the average motorcycle fit neatly between them in several spots. This meant that if you lost any momentum, you were going to drop into that void and get stuck.

Since very, very few riders in the world have the ability to wheelie through a Matrix—much less do it consistently lap after lap—most must negotiate it one log at a time. But what happens when the Matrix is on a slight downhill? Does it change the plan? Not especially. We let off-road legend Destry Abbott explain his strategy for dealing with it.