Lee and Ian share a brotherly session

 Brothers Lee and Ian came to their session with some missing skills that were identified during my skills check. Footwork, looking and body positioning needed work collectively so I made a simple set up change and set to work.

The drop technique was first and it was there that I worked on their mental skill set too. It took no time at all for them to ride all 3 drops easily and comfortably. From there we moved onto the skills trail and I worked hard on their cornering and soon they were linking 14 sections on the trail together by the identified braking areas and line choice. Berms, flat, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pre jumps, steps, rock gardens, fly out jumps and drops. Errors were now being self diagnosed and they were riding fluidly and more controlled than ever and faster too!
 It was too windy for jumping the 6ft tabletop so we moved onto the pump and jump trail to work on pumping sections on the trail and jumping when required.

For our final application of the skills sets, we moved onto riding steeps and the effect of body positioning there and  applying the mental skills to decide whether to ride something or not. Our session ended soon after as the light faded and mental fatigue was showing bringing a fantastic session to a close.
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Giving Georgina control

 Georgina has been riding for 5yrs and always felt like she got away with stuff rather than feeling in control. Any air was accidental and when she had days that felt good she had no idea why. That was about to change.
 The day began clear but soon the rain set in and I ran her through my skills check. I found looking and body position needed work. I made a small set up change that transformed Georgina’s control instantly and off we went to apply it to techniques on the trail. Drops were 1st and using both mental and physical skills she began landing perfectly and remarked at how simple it all  felt.

After a while we went to the skills trail and I worked on the trails 14 sections and we began linking them together piece by piece . Flat , bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to rock gardens, pumping, steps, fly out jumps and drops. I worked hard on body position and line choice in all areas too and soon Georgina was riding the whole trail faster and more controlled than she’d ever ridden before.

 We moved onto riding steep stuff and her new body position offered greater control and options even when riding down a slope into a berm and letting the rear drift into place and linking in a jump too! We rode moved back to the skills trail and rode it together and already the skills were emmbedding and the smile on Georgina’s face was a picture when our session came to a close as she knew she now had control.
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Dan, Mick, Bill and Dave’s session

Dan, Mick, Bill and Dave turned up for their session as arranged and the heavy rain that was promised didn’t appear which was nice and I started to put them all through my skills check. I found that collectively, They needed work on footwork, looking and body positioning in all areas and so I made the necessary set up changes to help this.
 We began with the drop technique and they all rode the largest drop and commented how easy it all felt. A cornering excersise followed before we finally made it to the skills trail. Pre jumping, steps, rock gardens, fly out jumps and drops were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. I worked on the correct braking areas and soon they were riding the entire trail end to end. Any errors were now self diagnosed as they knew why it was wrong or right.

 I worked on line choice, particularly when linking drops into corners.
 We moved onto applying both mental and physical skills sets to the jump technique and for this I used a 6ft tabletop and gap jump. I worked on body position here and speed management so they could develop speed and effort judgement. It wasn’t long before they were all riding the gap jump!

 I moved us onto the pump and jump trail and worked on pumping, manuals and jumping and choosing what technique to use and why, in each section.

 They were tiring rapidly and as the rains came our session ended to a tour of the herts woodwork.
Amazing riding guys.
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Barry’s one to one session

 Barry booked his session back in July and today was the day. The weather turned to blue skies and the predicted rains didn’t turn up. I ran Barry through my skills check and found I needed to work on both body position and looking skills in all aspects of his riding and also I worked on the mental skills too.
 The first technique we applied the skills to was as ever the drop technique and it didn’t take Barry long to dial it. From there we moved to the skills trail and worked on linking the whole trail together over the next couple of hours. Pumping, rock gardens, steps, jumps and drops were all linked via braking areas to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. A welcome break mid way for food was a good idea as he was tiring but on resuming he began linking the whole trail together.

Each run was faster and more controlled than before and the confidence grew and grew.
 I moved onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and after a few corrections, Barry sailed over it with ease and even rode the gap jump a few times too!

I moved us onto riding down steep stuff and here I worked on his new body positioning and the control he felt stunned him. Even a near vert drop off proved no problem. We moved onto the pump and jump trail to link cornering, pumping and jumping together and really work on his trail energy skills.
Our session ended when I saw mental tiredness appear and we went to the Bull pub in the village to celebrate an awesome session and a great end to a fantastic week of coaching.
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A session for Dhana and Laura

 Dhana got loves his bike riding and got  Laura into it only this year and they wanted to share a skills session.
 I ran them both through my skills check and found body positioning and looking skills needed work and I made some set up changes too.
 We began, much to their surprise with the drop technique and I worked on the physical and mental skills there and soon they were both getting air under their wheels!
 I moved onto a cornering exercise to enhance grip and body position before even getting to the main stay of our session, the skills trail. I began work on the rock garden first as I knew they are a common rider fear but  always a fear in females in particular and then I used half the trail straight away. Pumping was used to gain free speed and this was used to ride a flat corner, berm, rock gardens and 2 more corners. I could see they were in need of a break after 2 hours so  we had a hot drink and resumed with the beginnings of jumping and riding corners and a linked step. The ease of jumping took them both by surprise and soon it was time to work on the end of the trail and linking drop offs and corners. I worked on braking and line choice here and soon they were riding the whole trail end to end far smoother and  controlled than ever and faster too! Any errors were self recognised and they both knew why it was right or wrong. I could see that mentally they were pretty much done but Dhana wanted to ride the largest of the 3 drops I use for coaching and he did so with confidence and commitment. Our session ended there and then to smiles all round. An awesome session of progression.
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Aaron’s 1 to 1 session

Aaron made the trip up to see me from Kent under recommendation from his mate Matt. On meeting I ran him through my skills check that revealed missing footwork, looking and body positioning skills and i knew I would have to work on his mental skills too.

I made some set up changes and showed him why before moving onto the drop technique. It surprised him how easy it all felt and he rode all 3 drops, much to his surprise. From there we moved onto the mainstay of our session, the skills trail and I broke the trail down into components before linking them all together and demonstrating them of course too. Pumping, rock gardens,  steps, jumps and drops were all linked to flat , bermed, off camber and switchback turns. I worked hard on Aaron’s body positioning in corners and the extra grip grew confidence in his riding.
 3 hours after starting and he was linking 14 sections on the trail easily and linking drops into corners with ease too! I moved us onto the 6ft tabletop and demonstrated the application of the skill sets there and in a few steps Aaron was clearing it too.

I demonstrated body positioning in riding down steep stuff and then we moved onto the final application of the skill set for this session, pumping and jumping sections on a trail. The mental aspect of the session meant that he was tired mentally so our session ended soon after.
Amazing riding dude

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Andy comes down from Peterbourgh

 Andy found my coaching site when searching online and booked a session. On meeting we chatted over a coffee and then began with my skills check where I found he needed work on looking and footwork and later i was able to work on body positioning too.
 The first technique we applied the skills too was the drop technique and here I worked on the mental skills too and soon Andy was landing perfectly off the first 2 drops.
 We moved on and began working on his body position in corners and soon he was riding the top 6 sections of the trail. Pumping to gain speed and linking in a berm, flat corner, rock garden and 2 more corners. I worked hard on his looking skills and soon he was riding more fluidly than before.
 We had a break to give his brain time to settle and compartment the learning and when we resumed, we worked on absorbing techniques on an up slope and a corner with a step on the exit. The final part of the trail requires the use of both cornering and  drop techniques and here I worked on line choice and braking technique too and before long Andy was riding the entire trail end to end. Any errors were now being self diagnosed as he knew why and every run got faster and more controlled. Andy linked in the largest drop too which surprised him at how controlled it now all felt.
 I could see he was tiring mentally and our session came to a close after a couple more runs.
Awesome session Andy.
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