The final coaching session of 2012

 Nick and James turned up as arranged and the weather played ball and the rain held off for the session too. I ran them through my skills check and discovered they needed looking and body positioning worked on as well as their mental skills.

I began as ever, with applying both mental and physical skills to the drop technique and it didn’t take them long to ride all three comfortably.
 We moved onto the skills trail and began working on linking the 14 sections contained within it together. Bermed, off camber, switchback and flat corners were linked to pumping, absorbing, rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops. We moved down the trail gradually always adding the previously worked on sections to the next. I worked on braking and line choice too, especially when linking drops and corners.
 From there I moved onto riding steep stuff and here their new body positioning paid dividends as they rode the drop offs after demonstrations from myself.
 Next up was the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and they both sailed over the tabletop and then used their mental skills to ride the gap too.
 Our session ended with working on linking to berms together before mentally they had had enough and our session came to a close.
 Thanks Nick and James and to all the riders I have met this year.

High5!

Decembers public jumps and drops course

 The session began as I always start them, with my skills check and I made some set up changes to their bikes to enhance their riding position and control.

  We began with the drop technique and soon they were all landing perfectly.

  I then used the end of the skills trail and gave them some basic cornering advice and then they began linking drops into corners.

  We moved onto jumping and before going to the tabletop, I taught them why their mental and physical skills sets applied to taking off on a fly out jump.

  Onto the 6ft tabletop and I worked on getting them all into the air and we began adding speed so some began clearing it entirely.

 the option to ride the gap jump side was there and one rider used his mental skills to decide to ride that to!
A great end to a great week of coaching.

The return of Steve and Richard

 Steve called me for a session after a drop in confidence from attending another coaching firms jumping session at the forest of Dean and his brother, Rich joined him once more.I found the reason for their confidence drop was missing looking when unweighting and I set to work on that and also their mental skills sets too.

  I began with the drop technique to re affirm their looking skills and was also able to teach them why the skills sets apply to beginning to move it in the air too. I then moved them to a drop with a corner and worked on linking the 2 sections together.

From there we moved onto riding steep stuff and using their body position skills they dropped into the section in various different ways and the ease of it all blew them away.
 We had a break and resumed with their bug bear, jumping and using the 6ft tabletop I worked on their mental skills and soon they were sailing over it and even rode the gap jump side too a few times. I could see they were tiring but I wanted to teach them to manual through sections and for this we moved to the pump and jump trail and in no time at all Rich manualed across a tabletop and soon Steve began to get to grips with it also. They then proceeded to choose whether to jump, pump or manual sections on the trail and linked in a s bend set of berms and a 6ft ladder gap jump too!! They were grinning ear to ear but tired and our session came to a close with a pint to celebrate the end of a great session.
High5!

Nik comes from the Isle of Wight

 Nik’s session took a while to come round but he made the journey down and on meeting we chatted about his experiences and aspirations for the session. The skills check revealed he needed body positioning and looking skills enhanced and I made a set up change to help.
 We began with drops and the new mental and physical skills paid off straight away as he landed perfectly and never looked back, even styling it in the air. We quickly moved onto the skills trail and began working on cornering and linking sections on the trail together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pre jumping, fly out jumps, steps, rocks and drops. Soon, Nik was riding the whole trail end to end and smiling all the way.

  We moved from the trail to riding and dropping into steep stuff

 We rode the 6ft tabletop and styled the gap jump too!

  Nik wanted to ride gap drops so he linked the pump and jump trail to the herts woodwork too and even dropped a big wood to wwood gap drop way beyond anything he thought possible.

  Finally, he linked in a 9ft gap jump to the line also and the smile was beaming over his face as he said the session exceeded his wildest expectations. Our session ended after nearly 5hrs to a pint in the local pub to celebrate an awesome session.
 Great riding Nik, high5!

Jason’s one to one skills session

 Jason made the trip down from Gloucester and We had a coffee before we began with the skills check. I found looking and body position needed work and I set to work with a set up change to assist. The drop technique was first up and it took Jason no time at all to use his mental and physical skills sets to ride all 3 drops.
 I moved us onto the skills trail and we began linking the 14 sections contained within it together using the control zones that we identified. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to drops, pre jumping, rock gardens, steps and fly out jumps.  By breaking the trail into segments it enabled Jason to focus on the segments in bite sized chunks and before long he was riding the whole trail end to end and loving it.

  We moved onto the 6ft tabletop to work on applying the skills sets to that technique and soon he was flying over it with no worries at all and the bmx boy of his youth was back! Jason then used his mental skills to ride his 1st ever gap jump too and rode the 6ft gap jump side also.

 Still buzzing we moved on to riding steep stuff and using jsi new body position and set up everything felt easier to him he said and confidence was booming. Our session ended on the pump and jump trail linking pumping, cornering and jumping until Jason called time on the session due to being knackered.
Awesome riding Jase
high5!

Keith makes it down from Manchester

 Keith was given a voucher for his birthday and made his way down from Manchester and on arrival we had a coffee and chatted of his experiences and aspirations for the session. I began with the skills check and found both looking and body positioning needed work and I changed his set up to enhance the corrections I made.

 We began with the drop technique and I worked on both the mental and physical skills required and keith soon began landing perfectly and knowing why.

 We moved to the skills trail and began work on linking the sections contained in the trail together via the control zones. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pump bumps, rock gardens, fly out jumps, drops and steps. Over half way through the session and he was riding the entire trail end to end and loving the new found grip and confidence.

 We moved onto riding steeps and using his new body position and set up Keith found enhanced control in descending and manged his speed easier too.

 I moved onto the 6ft tabletop and I knew from our conversations earlier that he had a mental barrier with these and I worked on the technique and the application of his new skill set and after a time he sailed over it easily and never even felt like he’d left the ground. After a good few clears we moved onto our final trail, the pump and jump trail and worked on linking the pump technique to generate speed to be able to choose to jump sections. Our session came to a close soon after and we warmed up in the local pub with a welcome pint of Doombar.
Great session Keith.
High5!

Enhancing Mark’s skill set

Our session began with my skills check and I identified that Mark needed looking and body positioning worked on and I made a small set up change that really made a difference to him. We began with the drop technique and it took no time at all for mark to ride all 3 drops easily using his mental and physical skills sets.
We moved to the skills trail and worked on linking the 14 sections contained within it together and worked on line choice and braking technique. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pre jumps, fly out jumps, rock gardens, steps and drops.

 After a few complete runs of the trail it was time to move to riding steep drop offs and I worked again on Mark’s body positioning and it stunned him how easy it all was.

  We moved to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and in a few small moves Mark was sailing over the tabletop and then used his mental skills to ride the gap jump a few times too.

I then moved onto the pump and jump trail to work on pumping, jumping and even show why the skill sets apply to manuals and soon he was riding the whole trail and even linked in the gap jump at the end of it too.
 Our session came to a close as mentally and physically he was tiring and our session ended and off we went to celebrate an amazing session with a xmas pint.
High5!