Uphill trails have their place in mountain biking, but shredding singletrack and speeding down descents are what we love about the sport. But it can take time and practice to feel confident screaming around corners on two wheels. And if you’re new to mountain biking, descending may in fact feel like a pretty nerve-wracking experience. Rock drop-offs, tree roots, and tight switchbacks, they all look ready to make you crash. We asked veteran pro Barry Wicks, who races for Kona Bikes, to share his bike handling secrets, so you can have more fun — and speed — on your next ride.