Today’s riders arrived early so we had a coffee before we started. I ran them through my skills check and identified the missing physical skills and then moved on to some cornering work to apply the physical skills before moving to a rock section to work on applying the mental skills that I teach also.
Over the period of the session we worked on applying the skills sets in a singletrack environment and worked on linking 14 sections of a trail together, working on control areas and line choices. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to drop offs, pumping, rocks, steps and carrying speed through undulations on a trail. Before the end of the session I even showed them all why the skills made drops easy too and they were all amazed at how much control they now felt and as a by product of that they were faster too.
Great session guys and girls, High5!
Loz, Doug, Jon, Ali and James arrived for their alpine preparation session. I began as ever with the skills check and set up changes and discovered footwork and looking needed working on first and later on, body positioning and the all important mental skills.
Claire bought her partner Simon the skills session as a birthday gift and they shared the session as they ride together and both wanted to improve their riding. I began with the skills check and found they needed work primarily on footwork and looking and later on i was able to work on body positioning too. I made some set up changes and showed them both why I had done so. We started with the drop technique and they were amazed at the simplicity of the skills and how easy it all became as they rode all 3 drops to 3ft high with ease and control. We then moved on to cornering, first on grass and later on berms before moving to the skills trail itself. Over the next couple of hours we worked on linking all 14 sections of the trail together using identified control areas and line choice. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, steps, rocks, jumps and drops and soon they were riding the entire trail faster and smoother than ever.