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When the bike is in the last part of its rotation you may feel your arms naturally dragging to one side. To speed up this bit of the spin you can try pulling your arms back towards the centre to shift the bike’s weight towards where you want to catch it.
Getting back on whips can be the tricky bit; you need to spot your pedals so you know where your feet are going. Keep your knees up as the bike comes around and get your legs over the toptube. You’ll probably find the bike smacking into your outside leg, but that’s a good thing because at least you’re catching the whip.
With the front foot on it’s the next few milliseconds that really matter. You need to put your bodyweight onto that front foot while getting your back foot in the right place to meet your other pedal. For many riders this last stage is the most difficult part of landing the tailwhip so it may take you a while to get the hang of it. Some people practice their method of catching a whip by doing a few no-footers first!
When your feet are back on, keep the bars pulled back so you land back wheel first. Making any flat landing smoother will be greatly appreciated by your wrists later in life.