A session with Scott

I started the session with the skills checks where I discovered that I had to work on body positioning and looking. I also made a few set up
changes before moving to drops. I talked him through riding the drops, and also gave him a mental skills set, which he used and was quickly riding off the larger drop, and even started making it look nice in the air. We then moved onto the skills trail, which we worked on section by section, and was soon riding top to bottom, linking both bermed and flat corners, rock gardens, fly outs, steps and drops with more control than ever before. We then worked on jumping, where I controlled his speed, and was soon landing perfectly on the other side of both a 6ft table top, and his first ever gap jump. I then showed him another trail, where we linked steep roll
ins to corners, and some
more jumping. We then looked at steeper stuff, and Scott was rolling on
both straight and sideways, commenting on how easy it felt. I then showed him a larger drop which he rode comfortably. We then worked on pumping through sections and gaining enough speed to jump a 9ft tabletop. He even started to manual through the sections. Our session ended on a 9ft gap jump, which he rode
well, but mental tiredness meant he couldn’t continue.
great session Scott!
Nath.

A family session

Dad Andy has been on two sessions with me over the years and wanted to share a session with his son and daughter Ellis and Alex. The skills checks revealed that I needed to work on Andy’s left turns, and Alex and ellies feet, looking and body positioning. We began with the drop technique, and ellie and Alex both where amazed at how easy it felt, as they got air beneath their wheels for the first time. I also worked with Andy in styling it in the air, and worked on matching effort with a given speed. From there we moved onto the skills trail where we spent the next few hours working on it section by section, and eventually linking them all together. Bermed, flat and switch back corners were linked with rock gardens, fly outs, steps, drops, pumping and absorbing. We worked on braking and line choice, and soon they were riding the trail end to end quicker and more in control than ever before, with smiles on their faces, and any errors being self diagnosed. I could see they were tiring so I moved them onto the 6ft table top, where I managed their speed so they could match it to their jump technique, and they were soon all clearing there first table top, and Alex even jumped hos first ever gap jump. Mental tiredness brought our session to an end here. Amazing session guys.
High 5!

Simon’s return

Simon returned 10 months after his first session, wanting to push his riding further and overcome his fear of gaps, and prepare himself for riding in Andorra, Spain, on holiday. I could see the skill set I installed on our first session had stuck, and that I needed to work on the mental skills.  We began with applying the skill sets to the drop technique, and even worked on style when in the air. From there, we moved to the table top and gap jump. Much to Simon’s surprise, he was able to ride both, and with style too.  We moved on to a new single track and moved on to riding steeps, corners and pumping on the trail,  and also turning the bike in the air. We took a break, and then resumed by working on another trail again with pumping, jumping, absorbing and manuals. We worked on choosing which technique to apply, and why, on sections in the trails, and worked on carrying speed through berms towards the end of the trail. It didn’t take Simon long to link the 7 foot gap jump that he had had his eye on in the previous session, and he repeated by riding the whole line a few times. The smile never left his face as he had overcome a demon. We then worked on judgment of speed when jumping table tops, and for this we used a 15ft across table top, and in a few small steps, he was clearing that also. I could see he was getting tired as errors just started to creep in as the heat of the day started to take its toll on his physical and mental energy. We moved on to something less physical and more mental by moving on to a 9ft gap jump sandwiched between 2 berms-something he never  thought he would be able to ride. The look on his face when he easily rode them was a picture, and again he rode it just to make sure it wasn’t a dream. For the final part of our session I wanted to work on his peripheral fear of edges. For this I used some low ladders where he could apply the same techniques as before on the singletrack, and apply them in a different context, and to his surprise he rode them easily. Soon after our session ended due to mental tiredness, as I could see the heat of the day had taken it’s toll, and we parted ways to smiles and high fives. Awesome session.
High5!

A father and son session

 David and Michael made the trip down from Durham for their session and a coffee greeted their arrival. The skills check revealed footwork, looking and later on, body positioning needed work.
 I made a simple set up change to both bikes and then we went to the drops to apply both physical and mental skills. They were surprised how easy the drops now where and soon they had ridden all 3 drops.
Onto the skills trail and it wasn’t long before they were riding the whole trail end to end. Rock gardens, steps, absorbing, drops and pumping were all linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback corners.
Every run was faster and more controlled than the previous and any errors were self diagnosed as they both knew why.
The 6ft tabletop was next and I went through why the skills made jumping easier and soon they were both sailing over it easily with Dad riding the gap jump a few times too!
We moved to the pump and jump trail and worked on pumping, absorbing and jumping on the trail and carrying speed through each section.
We finished the session with riding steeper terrain and our session ended right at the end when David split his rear tyre.
Awesome session and let me know how the riding develops.
High5!

Nine riders from Norfolk Session

Everyone arrived from Norfolk, so as always, we started with the skills
checks where I discovered that I needed to work on looking, footwork and body positioning collectively in the group. I also had to change there set ups, and show them
why. We moved onto the drop technique, where a gave them a mental skills set, and they could choose which drop to ride. soon, everyone was riding a drop of their choice with more control than ever before. I then gave them a quick cornering exercise before moving onto the trail. we worked on this trail section by section, and soon everybody was riding top to bottom, linking both bermed and flat corners, rock gardens, fly outs, steps and drops, with more comfort and control than they had ever felt before. Our session came to an end on the pump and jump trail, where they where pumping through, and beginning to both jump and manual through the sections, as well as the choice of a wooden ladder gap at the end, which they used to there mental
skills set in order to be able to ride.
great session guys!
tony and nath.

Neil’s session of discovery

Neil arrived from Bristol, so I started with the skills checks where I discovered that I needed to work on looking and body positioning, and I also had to make a few set up changes before moving onto the drops. Here I eexplained the mental skills set and he was quickly riding the largest drop perfectly, and it felt easier than it ever had before. We then worked on the skills trail, section by section, and Neil was quickly riding top to bottom with more speed and control than he ever had before. We then moved onto the table top, where I controlled his sspeed, and he was soon landing perfectly on both the table top, and his first ever gap jump.We then worked on steeper stuff, and Neil could see how his new set up made riding in both straight and sideways easier than it ever had been before. We then moved onto the pump and jump trail, where he generated his own speed and began to ddecided whether to jump, pump and even manual through the sections. We linked this trail with two corners and a larger wooden gap jump. His riding reached new levels of control and confidence, and he knew why. Neil called an end to the session due to mental tiredness. What an amazing end to a great week’s coaching.
High 5!

getting air beneath matts wheels

Matt arrived as planned, so I started as always with the skills checks where I needed to work mainly on body positioning and looking, so I got to work. He quickly understood what was needed, and after a few set up changes, we moved onto the drop technique where I explained the mental skills set, and matt was soon landing perfectly off the largest drop. I then gave him a quick cornering exercise before moving onto the skills trail. Here we worked on it section by section, and soon, matt was linking both bermed and flat corners, rock gardens, fly outs, steps and drops, with more control than he ever had before. We then moved onto the table top and gap jump, where we added speed until he found his clearance point. I then showed him the pump and jump trail where he began choosing whether to pump, jump and soon manual through the sections. I then showed him a larger gap jump, which he rode comfortably. We finished off our session riding some wooden ladders, and he was soon linking wooden ladders, seesaws and ladder drops.
great session matt!
Nath.