If your goal is to reach the finish line in the least amount of time, you need to evaluate obstacles based on cost. What that means is you may be an amazing technical rider; but if you expend large amounts of energy riding every technical section in a race that takes over six hours to complete, you might be better off walking a few of those sections. A short hike up an extremely gnarly section can save your legs for a strong race finish. If you have the option to jump something or take a more direct line — going off the jump isn’t always the best choice. Your photo from Pink Shorts Photography might be a great new Facebook cover photo, but it wont necessarily get you the podium you’re looking for. Jumping increases the risk for injury or a mechanical. If you choose to jump, know the jump and take it with 100% confidence.