The kid in Tim returns!





On meeting Tim as arranged we chatted over coffee and when he said he rode bmx as a child I said that child is still in there, later he’d know what I meant.
I ran him through the skills check and found looking and footwork faults but found he possessed a perfect unweight of the front wheel which is rare. It was clear I would have to work on Tim’s mental skill set.
I altered his set up and we began with braking technique and then moved onto the drop technique which Tim commented on feeling so easy now he used his skill set.


We moved onto the skills trail and began working on linking the 14 sections on the trail together. I worked on pumping, flat, bermed, off camber and switchback corners, steps, rock gardens, fly out jumps and drops. Methodically, I moved us along the trail always adding the next section to the previous ones and soon he was flying along. Tim had told me that he’d loved to be able to jump again like he did as a kid and the fly out jump just sailed past beneath him.


Before long, he was riding the whole trail and each run flew past as he used footwork, looking and body position to control the speed he wanted to travel.


I showed how the skill set is used in riding over fallen trees etc and soon Tim was also bunny hopping too with ease!
By now it was clear that this was no ordinary rider and that the kid in him was emerging.
I moved onto the 6ft tabletop, something Tim was very wary of trying but that was soon overcome as he sailed over it giggling as he did! He rode the gap jump side too, his first ever.


We wasn’t finished by a long chalk and next up was the pump and jump trail where I expanded on his trail energy management further and he was able to choose whether to jump or pump through any section. Tim really got to grips with this and was flying. The smile was now permanently etched on his face.


I brought Tim over to the alpine switchbacks and after a bit of tweaking, he rode those too! Tim was taking everything in his stride now and I didn’t want it to end so, I brought him onto the woodwork to work on his fear of gaps and being on woodwork.


I gave him a control method first and then he confidently rode a 2ft high ladder to drop with ease before riding a higher one with a gap in it too. Tim was now speechless and I explained it was all him as he was riding not me.
Our session came to a close shortly after and I gave a demonstration of the skill set I teach in use in my own riding on a high, fast line on the woodwork.
We sat afterwards and had a cold beer each to cap an awesome session and I for one will be buzzing all night after that one!
High5!

Rebekah’s 1 to 1 skills session






Rebekah made the trip down from Derby for her session after hearing recommendations from her riding buddies.
On meeting I ran her through the skills check and found the missing skills but also something of great value in riding that she had no idea she did.
I found I had to work on looking and footwork, then later I was able to work on body positioning too. After making the necessary set up changes, it all began to change straight away.


I began with the drop technique and the ease of it using the skill set really shocked her. Rebekah’s bike is quite large and she felt more comfortable on my own so she rode that a bit too and using her new mental skill set also she rode the next drop.
It soon came time to move onto the skills trail itself and I was able to work on basic pumping to harness the trails energy and use it rather than the riders and we used this to ride the next berm and flat corner, later adding in a rock garden and two further corners. Rebekah really began to use her looking and footwork and could feel the control and grip it offered. Body positioning enhanced this further as we added a fly out jump and corner with a step too. I then worked on linking her new drop technique to her cornering and Rebekah even rode the largest drop into the berm.
Now it was time to link all 14 sections contained in the trail together and each run was smoother and faster than the previous. Any errors were worked through and she identified them without me having to say.


We ended our session on the pump and jump trail and I worked on generating speed to enable Rebekah to gain airtime on a tabletop and the look on her face was a picture as she sailed into the air. After quite a few runs our session came to a close and a great session ended.
Awesome riding Rebekah!

Five attend a private group skills session.






Dale, Graham, Gavin, John and Eton turned up as arranged and I gave them an outline for the beginning of the session. I began with the skills check as always and that reveals the missing and also the present skills and I adjusted their set ups accordingly.


In a short time, All of them were riding drops with a new body position and enhanced looking skills.

The lads were all surprised how easy it now felt as opposed to the old techniques they were trying.
From there we moved onto the trail and I began with pumping and using the gained speed to ride the following berm and flat corner. I later added the rock garden and 2 more corners into the mix and their new footwork, body position and looking skills enabled them to mange their speeds comfortably. As we worked down the trail, we linked fly out jumps, steps and drops to more berms, off camber and switchback turns and before long, they were riding the trail end to end. Each run that they did was smoother and faster than the previous ones and after quite a few runs it was time to move off the trail and onto our final task.
I have a 6ft tabletop and gap jump and none of the lads thought they’d ever be jumping it, but that changed quite quickly as they each applied their mental skills questions to decide whether they could ride them.

One by one they sailed over the 6ft tabletop and the ease of the technique surprised them as they applied the same skill set they had been using all session.

Then one by one , of their own accord they began riding the gap jump also. The session came to a close after they had all began to tire not just mentally but also physically and myself and Paul gave a riding demonstration of the same skill set in use in our own riding.
Great group session guys!

Steve travels from Sheffield





Steve made his way down from Sheffield and stayed locally in a bed and breakfast so he could be fresh for his session.
The skills check revealed the present and also the missing skills and once I had made the necessary set up changes, I set to work.
We began with the drop technique and I worked on looking and body positioning here and the eefect was immediate, Steve was landing perfectly and effortlessly.
After confidently riding all 3 drops we moved onto the skills trail and I began with pumping and harnessing the trails energy and using it to ride the following bermed and flat corner. I added a rock garden and 2 more corners into the mix and Steve began to ride more fluidly.


I moved us down the trail and worked on fly out jumps and dealing with corners with a step on the exit and eventually to linking the cornering technique and drop technique together. Steve used his new mental skill set to great effect before riding the entire trail end to end a few times.
Each run was faster and more controlled than the last and even though there were a couple of errors, Steve knew what they were and how and why to correct them.


Finally it was time to show why the skills set applied to jumping tabletops and gaps. Steve took no time at all in clearing the 6ft tabletop and used his mental skills to be able to commit to riding the gap jump side also.

Steve called an end to the session himself as he began to tire and an awesome session came to a close.
Great session!

Changing Dave’s position



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I have coached Dave’s Dad last year and he was keen to attend a session himself. On arrival at the skills area, I ran him through my skills check and adjusted his set up accordingly before working on the missing skills in his riding. Dave needed work on his looking and body positioning in all areas.
We moved to drops and the change in body position and looking made an immediate effect on his riding and I was even able to get him to begin styling it too.

We moved onto the skills trail and worked on linking the 14 sections contained within it together using the correct braking areas. I worked on pumping and really getting his lower half in on the act and we used the gained speed to rail the next corner. This theme continued along the trail as we methodically worked our way along the trail.


I worked hard on line choice, particularly when linking corners and drops and soon Dave was flying along the trail. Each complete run was smoother and faster than the previous and Dave commented on it feeling slower somehow.
I moved us onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump side next and in a few runs Dave was sailing over both the tabletop and gap and once again making it look good!


Finally, I moved us onto my pump and jump trail and worked on pumping to gain enough energy to be able to jump or pump any section. The trail ends with a 180 degree return berm and soon Dave was pumping 2 sections, jumping the next 9ft tabletop, pumping the next 3 sections and jumping the step up. Run after run Dave’s connection to the trail got better and better as his timing got better.

Dave rode it end to end a good few times before mental fatigue began to creep in and I called an end to the session in just under 5 hours.
Amazing improvements Dave and keep me informed of the progress.
HIGH5!

Darren makes the trip from Cardiff






Darren stayed at a local hotel so he could be fresh for the session. On arriving we spoke about his aspirations over a coffee and that he couldn’t manual or bunny hop . I began as always with the skills check. This revealed footwork, looking and body position faults and after I had re set his bike set up everything began changing. Suddenly he found that he could manual for a short distance and the smile beamed across his face.
We moved onto the drops and applied his new skills set to that technique and the ease of it all surprised him.

After a while, we moved onto the skills trail and I worked on pumping and using the harnessed energy to save pedaling. I demonstrated and then Darren linked it into the following 5 sections.


We linked pump bumps, flat, bermed, switchback and off camber corners to rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops. I worked hard on line choice and also moved his body position in all areas and in the wet, he could feel the enhanced grip this offered.
It soon came time to ride the entire trail end to end and Darren really began to flow. Yes, there were a couple of errors but he was now fully aware of why and he knew how and why to correct it.
Finally, it came time to move onto what proved to be our final application of the mental and physical skill set, jumping tabletops.
Darren said to me at the beginning that he’d love to be able to jump over them and not have to do his usual roll over them. Due to an accident a while ago on a tabletop at a welsh trail center, Darren had a protective mechanism that needed to be recognised and therefore removed before he would commit and feel confident enough to apply his new skills set to this and soon he was ailing over the 6ft tabletop jump.

It was so cool to witness the emergence of the rider in Darren that was hidden away no longer.
Our session came to an end soon after as mental and physical tiredness began to appear.
Great session dude!

Bringing the rider out in Jo





Jo came to me on recommendation from the tunnel hill trolls of whom I have coached a few of.
On meeting we chatted over a coffee and I explained the outline for our session and set to work.
The skills check showed me Jo had perfect footwork in corners but lacked looking and body position and also that she possessed a natural unweight of the front wheel that was held back by a missing skill. I adjusted her bike set up and the effect was immediate and Jo could feel it straight away.
We moved onto the drop technique and Jo performed the technique faultlessly and used her mental skill set to great effect.


After a while we moved onto the skills trail and I began work on the pump technique and harnessing the energy gained. Jo then used this to ride the following flat, bermed and switchback corners and even added in the rock garden. I moved us along the trail and I showed why her skills applied to jumping up fly out slopes and riding steps before linking all 9 sections together.

I then moved us down to the end of the trail and I worked on the common fear of rolling down steep slopes and having to deal with a corner too. I worked on line choice here also and before long, Jo was riding the entire trail end to end. Each complete run of the trail was faster and smoother than the previous one and Jo smile grew and grew.

I moved us onto the pumping trail and worked on developing the pump technique and worked on Jo’s timing during this technique before mental tiredness showed and our session ended .
What a session Jo!