As much time as we mountain bikers spend pedaling, it amazes me how little attention we pay to pedaling well.
Pedaling is a skill, just like cornering or pumping.
The more skillful you become, the more power you can make with less effort.
Since I began focusing on pedaling as a skill (around 10 years ago when my kids were born and my training became structured), my sustainable power is up 50 percent and my sprint is up almost 80 percent.
These tips really work! And they set the foundation for more advanced pedaling skills like technical climbs and wheelie drops.