30th July public jumps and drops session

 Sarah, Rob, Mark, Ian, Alan, Graham and Peter arrived as arranged and myself and Nathan wasted no time in putting the riders through part of my skills check that relates to drops and jumps. I found between them they had footwork, body positioning and looking skills missing and after a set up change we moved on to the drops sections.

 I worked on the physical and mental skills sets here and soon they all began landing perfectly. I moved them onto the end of a trail to work on basic cornering so they could begin to link the drop technique into corners.

 Things were going well and continued to do so.

After a break, we moved onto the jump technique on a fly out to flat jump before moving onto a 6ft tabletop and gap jump for those who’s mental skills questions added up to yes for.

All 7 riders got airbourne and some even rode the 6ft gap jump too. awesome stuff!
 For our final application of the skills set, we moved onto pumping and jumping so each rider had to generate their own speed using the pump technique to be able to jump a 9ft tabletop.
 Our session ended soon after to cold beers and smiles all round.
 Great session!

Alan’s one to one skills session

 Alan took today after I had a cancellation and made his way up from swinley. On meeting we chatted about his aspirations and then began as ever with my skills check. I found 50% footwork was correct but he also had body position and looking skills missing. I made a set up change and it did the trick. We began with the drop technique and Alan had to use my bike as his  shimano saint crank arm kept on working loose.

 Alan rode the 1st two drops and his mental skills said he wasn’t ready for the 3rd until later in the session.
 We moved onto the skills trail and worked on linking the 14 sections contained with in it together.  Pumping was used instead of pedaling and we used the speed to link berms, off camber, switchback and flat corners, rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops.

I worked hard on braking and line choice when linking sections together and soon he was riding the entire trail end to end. Every run was faster and smoother than ever before and any errors self diagnosed too.
 For our final application of both the mental and physical skill sets we moved onto jumping tabletops. I used the 6ft tabletop and gap jump for this and in a few small steps Alan was sailing over it and smiling ear to ear.

He even rode the gap jump a couple of times but the heat of the day accelerated fatigue and our session ended soon after to a tour of herts and a cold beer to celebrate a great session.
High5!

Tom’s cornering and jumping one to one session

 Tom had been elsewhere for coaching previously and wasn’t happy with the result so he contacted myself and headed to Herts for a session. He explained that he’d love to be able to corner better and learn to ride over fallen trees etc on his local rides. Well, this was going to be easy.
After the set up changes and the skills check we ticked of riding over logs straight away and the simplicity blew him away.

 We moved onto the drops and Tom’s new body position and looking skills married to his mental skills were blossoming nicely as he rode all drops easily and with far less effort.

We moved onto the skills trail to work on applying his new skill set to the sections found on the trail and linking them together. Pre jumping, rock gardens, steps, drops and fly out jumps were linked to bermed , flat, switchback and off camber turns. We worked our way along the trail, working on the next section and adding the previous sections to it. After a break Tom was riding the entire trail end to end and every run was more confident and controlled by Tom and faster as a result.

 The session was flying along but I wanted to teach Tom something he’d never done before, jump a tabletop. I used a 6ft tabletop and gap jump and it shocked Tom that the same skills applied here too as he sailed over the tabletop time and again. Before the session ended, he even rode the gap jump a few times too. The heat of the day accelerated fatigue and our session ended after over 4hrs.
 Great session Tom.
High5!

Ian and George’s path finally leads to me.

 Ian and George are father and son and they had booked a session over a year ago but their diary’s couldn’t match until today. On meeting and chatting I could see I needed to work on the physical and also the mental skills in them.
 I made some set up changes and showed them why I did so and began working on their footwork, looking and body positioning. We moved onto the drop sections and it wasn’t that long before they had both ridden all 3 drops.
 I moved onto a cornering correction technique before going onto the skills trail.

 I worked on pumping, absorbing or jumping upslopes, rock gardens, steps and drops and linked them to bermed, off camber, switchback and flat corners. we moved down the trail  bit by bit and it before long they were riding the whole trail end to end. I worked on the mental skills as well as braking and line choice when linking corners to drops.

We had a break and resumed and moved onto the pump and jump trail where I covered the application of both the mental and physical skills sets to choosing whether to jump or pump through sections and even to manual. Our session ended in the heat of the day and I knew our journey together meant something.
 Great session!

Anthony’s 2nd session

 Anthony came to me for a 2nd skills session after his previous one last year and I began with the skills check. It is awesome to see riders again and that they have worked on the skills I taught them. We wasted no time and moved onto the skills trail to work on braking areas more and then moved onto the pump and jump trail to work on his management of a trails energy via pumping and choosing to jump where appropriate.

It took a while but soon he was connecting to the trail nicely and was getting airtime. We moved onto the new singletrack trail and I broke it into three segments before we linked it together. Steeps roll downs into corners, bus stops, berms, rollers and steep drop offs were all linked together.

For our final application of both the mental and physical skill sets, I moved onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump. Last time Anthony was squatting the energy out and that prevented him clearing it smoothly. This time he was standing nicely on take off and sailing over it.

 Anthony even rode the gap jump twice too! The heat of the day made mental tiredness accellerate and our session ended to high5’s and a cold beer.
Awesome session.

Alex’s session!

 Alex drove up from Brighton for his session and on meeting I asked his aspirations for the session and immediately set to work by running him through my skills check. I found looking and body positioning were at fault and that he had 50% footwork. I changed his set up and the effect was instant. We began with drops and they proved no issue anymore as he used both mental and physical skills sets.

 After a body position correction task we moved onto the skills trail where we worked on linking sections on a trail together.  Flat, bermed, of camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, steps, fly out jumps, rock gardens and drops. I worked hard on linking drops into corners with braking and line choice and it wasn’t long before he was riding the whole trail end to end.

Each run of the entire trail was smoother than the previous and any error self identified.
 I moved Alex onto the 6ft tabletop and gap and in a few small steps he was sailing over the jump. After a few runs Alex used his mental skills questions that I teach to decide to ride the gap jump too!

 I wasn’t done with him yet as I could see he had some more energy left in him so I moved onto the pump and jump trail to develop his pumping and jumping further and even got him manualling tabletops too, much to his surprise!
 Our session ended soon after and I gave a riding demonstration of the skills set in use in my own riding on the high woodwork. Great session Alex.
High5!

Helping Tim’s mental skill set

 Tim had wanted to come to me for coaching for a while now and his path led to me in its own time. On meeting we had a coffee and chatted about his lack of confidence in his riding. The skills check showed me why and I found i had to work on his looking and body positioning in both checks.
To his surprise, we moved to the drops to apply the mental and physical skills straight away and after a couple of goes it all clicked into place as he rode all 3 drops easily. Tim yelled out as he landed the largest one and that smile never left his face.
 I ran him through a body position correction excersise in cornering and then we moved onto the skills trail it self. Pumping, steps, fly out jumps, drops and rock gardens were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. I worked on bite sized segments of the trail before we linked the 14 sections in total together. I worked hard on braking and line choice too and soon he was sailing down the trail in control and way faster than ever. Each run of the trail, although had errors, they were self identified by Tim as he was now conscious of correct and incorrect form.

 I moved us off the trail and I wanted to work on Tim’s jumping some more so off we went to the 6ft tabletop. In a few moves and corrections, Tim sailed over the jump easily and commented that he didn’t feel like he’d left the ground. After 30mins of jumping I could see that tim was tiring so The session ended to keep him safe. Awesome session Tim and I look forward to your ride updates.
High5!