This article was originally published in the January 2018 issue of Dirt Rider.
If you’ve watched an EnduroCross race, you’ve likely seen riders picking their way through a series of unevenly spaced logs called the matrix. While most of the pros can get through the matrix fairly consistently lap after lap, it’s interesting to see how each of them make their way through it. Some prefer to jump through it like a rhythm section, others prefer to tire tap a few of the logs, and some prefer to to hit each log one by one, which according to FMF KTM Red Bull Racing’s Cody Webb is also known as “the Geoff Aaron method.” Per Webb, this method isn’t necessarily the fastest way through the log obstacle, but it’s a great way to get through it every lap consistently. Read on to get some tips from the three-time AMA EnduroCross champion and recently crowned SuperEnduro World Champion on how to pick your way through the matrix one log at a time.
Tip: I’m in second gear, but a normal geared bike would be in first, so I’ll say first gear so everyone doesn’t try it in second and say, “That [jerk]! There’s no way!” because on my bike I have a 12-tooth countershaft sprocket… This [method through the Matrix] is a way to be really consistent. It’s not necessarily going to be the fastest, but if it’s a really hard Matrix with awkward spacing usually you can get by just by playing with the front end and throttle.