All the way from Yorkshire, a 2 to 1 session.

 Steve and Judith’s search for mtb skills coaching led them to me and after traveling down last night and staying local at a b+b they arrived on time and we chatted over a coffee about their aspirations for the session. I could tell that I would have to work hard on removing some habits in their riding as they began talking of lacking confidence and the dreaded fear.
I found partial footwork and missing body positioning and looking skills and I set about correcting them.
 We began with the drop technique and I also worked on installing the 4 mental skills questions I teach and in no time at all they were airbourne and landing perfectly, much to their surprise. Their new body positioning made everything easier and they centered on the bike and the smiles never left their faces.
 Onto the skills trail and After some braking and body positioning exercises, we began linking the 14 sections on the trail together.

Pump bumps, upslopes, rock gardens, drops and steps were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns by the correct braking areas. We broke the trail down and worked our way along it so as not to crowd an already re-wiring mind and soon they were riding fluidly and controlled but way faster than ever!

I worked hard on linking drops into corners and the required braking and line choice involved.  We took a break as they were beginning to tire and that bought us more time together . They were riding the trail together end to end and loving it, any errors were being self diagnosed as they now knew why it felt wrong at times. Just short of 5 hrs into the session and mental fatigue appeared and the session ended to a riding demonstration of the same skills i teach in use in my own riding on the herts woodwork.
An awesome session to end a fantastic week of coaching for me.
High5!

Sarah and Chris’s 2 to 1 skills session

 Sarah and Chris are husband and wife and wanted to share a skills session to work on their skills, in particular Sarah’s mental skills as she had developed a lack of confidence whilst racing downhill after some crashes.

 The skills check showed I had to work collectively on their foot, looking and body positioning and I made the necessary set up changes .
 As ever, I began with the drop technique and it wasn’t long before they were both flying off all 3 drops and I was able to teach Chris how to start to move the bike in the air too.
 We moved onto the skills trail and began working on linking the 14 sections contained within it together a few sections at a time.

 Flat, bermed, switchback and off camber turns were linked to steps, rock gardens, fly out jumps, pump bumps and drops. We moved down the trail methodically to enable them to focus on each segment before adding it to the previous until they were riding the entire trail end to end. Chris was absolutely flying down the trail and soon was right on the speed of the trail where he needed his skills in place and any error was self diagnosed. Sarah was smiling all the way down on each run and was so happy with her final run down it that she didn’t want another!
I could see Sarah was beginning to tire, so I moved us onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump. Chris was flying over the tabletop and it wasn’t long before Sarah followed suit. Chris then began styling the gap jump too after a while.

 We moved on to another section but they were both showing mental tiredness signs and couldn’t answer their mental skills questions positively so our session ended right there with grins all round.
 Awesome session!
High5

Tim, Colin and Karl’s session

Tim, Colin and Karl made the journey from Hungerford and On meeting we had a coffee and chatted about their expectations for the session. The skills check revealed I had to work collectively on their footwork, looking and body positioning and also their mental skills, so I set to work. I made set up changes and off we went to the drops sections and the effect was pretty much immediate. They were landing perfectly and applying their simple skill set.

It wasn’t long before we moved onto the skills trail and we worked on braking technique and also a body positioning correction excersise that I teach to enhance the changes. Pumping was used to gain speed and we linked berms, flat, off camber and  switchback turns to fly out jumps, drops, steps and rock gardens. We worked our way methodically down the trail and it wasn’t long before they began riding the whole trail. I worked on line choice and the mental skills when linking drops into corners but soon they were flying and loving it.

After a break for food and drink I could see they were beginning to tire but I wanted to move them onto the 6ft tabletop and we applied both mental and physical skills sets to the technique. Tim was first to clear it, closely followed by Colin and then Karl. the smiles on their faces said it all. Tim used his mental skills to then decide to ride and clear the gap jump too! After a while they began showing signs of mental fatigue so after 5 hours our session ended with myself giving them a riding demonstration of the same skills sets in use in my own riding on a high fast line at herts that had everything I had taught them on it but on a grander scale.
Awesome session guys.
High5!

Andy’s 1 to 1 session to build confidence

 Andy finally made it for his 1st one to one session of two that he has booked. I ran him through the skills check and found I needed to work on his looking and body positioning as that had effected his confidence in riding. I moved as ever, to the drop technique to begin with to apply his mental and physical skill set to the technique. His missing skills were now in place and he began landing perfectly and soon rode all 3 drops!
 We moved onto the skills trail and we began by breaking all 14 sections down before linking them back together. Pumping, rock gardens, upslopes, drops and steps were linked to flat, switchback, off camber and bermed corners by the correct braking areas. We moved down the trail adding the previous sections to the next and it wasn’t long before Andy was riding the whole trail end to end. Each run was smoother and faster than before and any errors were self diagnosed.
 We had a break and a few more runs followed before I moved us onto the pump and jump trail to develop Andy’s pumping further and to get him to begin to jump too!

We worked on the frontside and backside of each section and worked on generating speed from the 1st 2 sections to gain enough speed to get airtime on the 3rd, a 9ft tabletop. We spent a while doing this and getting it dialled and on his last attempt, his best attempt Andy called an end to the session as it was perfect.
 Thanks for being part of a great session Andy and I’ll see you in September!
High5!

Rich and Tom’s journey of riding discovery

 Rich and Tom made their way down from Leeds for their session and wanted to build their riding from the ground up. The skills check showed the missing skills and I began installing the corrections and made the very necessary set up changes. We began on the largest of the 3 drops and I soon was able to show why the skills applied to styling it in the air too.
 In a short while we moved onto the skills trail and began working on linking all the sections on it together. Pre jumping, pumping, rock gardens and drops were linked with flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. I worked hard on their body positioning in corners and also line choice. It wasn’t long before they were flying down the trail and self diagnosing any errors too as they moved into unconscious action. We didn’t need to spend too long on the trail and we soon moved onto the tabletop and 6ft gap jump. They soon got airtime and sailed over both with ease. Things were moving along nicely and after a break, we moved onto the pump and jump trail where I demonstrated pumping, manuals and jumping and choosing which they wanted to do for each section.

I didn’t want to tire them out on that so we didn’t spend ages on it but long enough for them to get each technique. To their surprise I now moved onto a 12ft gap jump and they applied their new mental skills questions to decide they were going to ride it and not only that, they began styling it too!
Time after time they flew over it and I could see they were now tiring physically but I had one more trick up my sleeve and moved them onto a corner that links into a 9ft step down gap. Tom rode it and was slightly nose heavy but the following goes got it dialled.

Rich rode it 1st go and they both had smiles as wide as the gaps they had ridden today. Our session ended soon after with a tour of herts and a cold beer to celebrate a fantastic session of progression.

High5!

Chivas, Matty and brahm’s session

 Chivas and Matty had been with me before for coaching last year and now Brahm joined them for the session. The skills check showed me that Matty and Chivas had worked on their skills and that I needed to work on looking and footwork with Brahm. I made the necessary set up changes and we moved onto the drop technique. All 3 of them had no trouble there as they used their skill sets to great effect.
 We moved onto the skills trail and worked on linking all 14 sections on the trail together by their correct braking areas. Flat, bermed, of camber and switchback turns were linked with upslopes, pumping, steps, drops and rock gardens.

 After nearly 4 hrs we moved onto the tabletop and gap jump . Brahm sat it out as he hurt his shoulder earlier so I continued with Matty and Chivas on the jump technique and they began sailing over it from the word go.
I was able to show why the skills set applies to beginning to style it in the air too and Chivas got his teeth into that quickly.

It wasn’t long before I moved us on to work on rolling and dropping into steeps and using various techniques that I demonstrated the lads followed. Matty was tiring now and that left Chivas.
 For the final task, we moved onto a 9ft gap jump that he had seen at the end of our first session and now he used his mental skills to decide to ride it 3 times!
 A great day ended with us having a cold beer to celebrate an awesome session.
High5 guys!

Paul and Bob’s 2 to 1 skills session

 Bob and Paul ride together and turned up for a private 2 to 1 session as arranged. I ran them through my skills check and discovered the missing skills and also uncovered a natural push too. I made some set up changes and the effect on their control was immediate. It wasn’t long before we moved onto the drop technique and much to their surprise, it was easy. Their new mental and physical skills sets worked wonders as they took off and landed perfectly.

I worked on a body position correction exercise before moving onto the skills trail itself where I broke the trail down before linking it all together. We worked on pumping and absorbing jumps, rock gardens, steps, drops and drop offs and linked in flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. I worked on braking areas and line choice and it wasn’t long before they were flowing down the trail confidently and faster than ever.
After a break for coffee and snacks we resumed and began riding the whole trail end to end and any errors were recognized by themselves now. Bob had to leave at 2pm so I continued onto the jump technique with only Paul.

 In a few small steps, Paul was sailing over the 6ft tabletop as his natural push came into its own yet again and the mental barriers of the technique were solved using his mental skills. After a good few clears mental tiredness began to creep in so our session ended.
 Awesome riding guys.
High5!