Leigh’s one to one session

 Leigh made the trip up from Eastbourne for his session and I we chatted over a coffee of his expectations for the session. The skills check revealed I had to work on his looking and body position and also his mental skills too. I made some set up changes and the effect was immediate.
 We moved onto the drops and Leigh was so comfortable now that I could teach him to style in the air too.
 From there, we moved onto the skills trail and I worked on linking the 14 sections on the trail together. Bermed, flat, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, rock gardens, drops and steps. It didn’t take him long to be riding end to end and fast too!
 We moved onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and that proved no problem at all anymore as he sailed over both with ease. The session was moving along nicely as the physical skills became an unconscious action and the mental questions I teach were applied. On the pump and jump trail We linked pumping, jumping, cornering and manuals along the trail which blew Leigh away big time as he never thought he’d be able to manual in such a short time frame.
 I then worked on the different applications of the skills set when riding steeps.

Leigh now chose whether to roll, drop or drop in on steep stuff with equal control. I could see he was beginning to tire but he wanted to ride some woodwork if possible to off we went to the herts shore woodwork.

Once I had enhanced his control of the woodwork environment he quickly rode a small 1ft drop and soon we were looking at a higher gap drop which he never in his wildest dreams thought possible for him to ride but in a short while he did and even styled it in the air. Our session ended there to smiles all round and a cold beer!
 Great session!

A session with mtbberkhamstead

Loz, Tony, Rich, Tim, Neil and Steve are part of a cool group of mtber called mtbberkhamstead and on arrival we had tea an coffee and chatted about their expectations for the session. The skills check told me everything i needed to know and I worked on their looking and body positioning as well as their mental skills. A few set up changes were required then we set off to apply the skill set to the drop technique. in no time at all they were landing perfectly and easier than ever before.

 We moved onto the skills trail and its 14 sections and we worked on each before linking them all together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to steps, rock gardens, drops, fly out jumps and pump bumps. i worked hard on braking technique and line choice too and soon they were flying along the trail.
 next up was the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and in a few small steps they were up in the air with smiles on their faces as the kid in them all returned. The heat of the day meant lots of little breaks were taken and as they were tiring I could see they had a bit more in them so off we went to the pump and jumps trail where I showed why the skills allowed them to choose to jump, manual or pump sections on the trail.

Our session ended after over 6hrs as they were all tired mentally. I gave them a riding demonstration of the same skills set in use in my riding on a line at herts and then Gave them a tour whilst we had a cold beer.
 Great session with some cool riders.
High5!

Martin’s 1 to 1 session

 I had coached Martin’s wife previously and he wanted a one to one session too. I found missing looking, footwork and body position skills in all areas of the check and made a simple set up change to assist my corrections before starting off as ever with drops.
 I went though both the physical and mental skill sets required in all mtbing and then demonstrated. Martin found the effort required was minimal now as the simple technique was applied.
 After a while we moved onto the skills trail and Began working on pumping and linking sections on the trail together by the correct braking areas. A spate of punctures caused by comfort braking on the rock garden saw us break for a while but soon we resumed. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to fly out jumps, drops, steps and rock gardens. martin was really getting to grips with the top half of the trail as his new skill set enabled him to travel at the speed he wanted to. A couple of wash outs were self diagnosed too and did nothing to dampen his spirits as he wacked along the trail but the efforts of the previous nights ride followed by the mental aspect of my coaching meant he was mentally tiring quickly. A few complete runs of the trail and we agreed that the end was here and our session ended just short of 4hrs.
 Great improvements Martin and I look forward to our ongoing connection.
High5!

Phil, Ali, Ian and Andy’s skills day

 Phil, Ali, Ian and Andy follow me on twitter and booked a session a few months back and today was the day. They have had coaching from various companies before over the years but today would be different. During the skills check I found they needed looking and body positioning worked on and I made the set up changes to enhance the corrected missing skills then we moved on, much to their surprise to drops.
 I went through the mental skills questions that I teach and in no time at all they all rode all three drops, landing perfectly.

 We moved onto the skills trail and I began with the first 3 sections, pump bump, bermed followed by a flat corner. It wasn’t long before They added in the rock garden and 2 further corners. Any errors were already being self diagnosed too. We had a break and worked on linking in the fly out jump and corner with a stepped exit and also linked in the final sections on the trail. I worked hard on line choice when linking drops into corners and it was time for them to ride the entire trail.  Each run was smoother and faster than before as they rode to the vanishing point and the skills were shining through.

 Now it came time to apply both mental and physical skills to our final technique, jumping tabletops. Using a 6ft tabletop , I demonstrated the same skills as all the other techniques and they followed suit. I worked hard on Ali’s mental skills and in time they all flew over it and landed perfectly time and again! Ali was so chuffed at doing what she felt was impossible for her previously and she watched as Phil, Andy and Ian rode the 6ft gap jump too with whoops of joys as they did. Our session ended under the hot sun with a cold beer each and a riding demonstration by myself, on the herts woodwork.

Amazing session!

Andy, Adam and Chris’s skills session

 Andy, Adam and Chris found out about my coaching from the bikeradar forum that I frequent (among others) and turned up for their session as arranged. I ran them through my skills check and found that they needed work on looking and their body positioning, so I made some set up changes to compliment this and then set to work.

To their surprise, we began with the drop technique and I worked on their mental skills here too but before long they were landing perfectly on all 3 drops. They looked over at the 6ft tabletop and said no way to that but That would change in the course of the session 🙂
 We moved onto the skills trail and I broke it into segments so they could focus on small chunks of the trail before linking the whole trail together.
 Pumping, rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. As we worked down the trail their speed and control was awesome to see as they confidently rode the trail. I worked hard on barking control and line choice and before long they were flying down the whole trail with smiles on their faces.

The heat of the day was punishing and I could see they were tiring but I had another card up my sleeve, the 6ft tabletop. I demonstrated and in no time at all they had all flew over it , landing perfectly. Chris even used his mental skills to ride the 6ft gap jump side too!
 Our session ended as mental tiredness hit and they had nothing left so we retired to the shade and a cold beer to celebrate an awesome session.
High5!

Dan’s one to one skills session

  Dan came to me wanting to get comfortable with airtime and also a tune up of his trail riding . The skills check showed body positioning and looking faults in his skill set and I made a set up change to enhance my corrections.
 We moved onto the drop technique and the ease of it surprised Dan as he found landing both wheels together to be easy.
 I moved us onto the skills trail and the 14 sections that it contains. Flat bermed, switchback and off camber turns were linked to fly out jumps, drops, steps, pump bumps and rock gardens.

I worked on braking technique and line choice when linking both the  drop and cornering techniques and before long Dan was flying down the trail.

We moved onto the 6ft tabletop and after a demonstration, Dan sailed over that with ease, commenting that he feels like he is on the ground still!

I moved us onto the pump and jump trail where I demonstrated more advanced pumping, manuals and jumping by generating speed through each section. Dan really got to grips with this and was beginning to get manualing over tabletops too. For our last technique, I worked on the mental side of riding woodwork and we rode a low ladder drop and linked it to another up and over ladder.
 We covered loads of ground in the heat of the day and mental tiredness brought the session to a close.
 Great session Dan,
 high5!

Giving Mike back his confidence

 Mike was having trouble staying on his bike off road when riding with friends and wanted to do what he did with his tennis playing, get coaching. He spoke of his lack of confidence as we drank a pre session coffee and how he felt out of control at times.

 Footwork and looking were non existent in the skills check and I knew I could correct that quickly and then work on Mike’s mental skills too as he said he’d like to maybe get air under his wheels at the end of the session. well I corrected his missing skills and went straight to the drops to apply the skills and to Mike’s surprise, he was getting air!
 We moved onto the skills trail to work on his cornering among other things and soon he was linking the trails 14 sections together. Pumping was used to connect to the trail and flat, bermed, off camber and  switchback turns were linked to drop offs, upslopes, rock gardens and steps by their identified braking areas. I worked on the effect of line choice when linking drop offs into corners and when Mike rode the whole trail the effect was dramatic. He was now a new rider, confidently riding each section and commitment was there too.
 I could see he was tiring so we moved onto the pump and jump trail to work on developing his pumping technique further. Our session ended with Mike requesting a riding demonstration of the same skill set in use on a fast and high line at herts.
 Amazing session.