Changing how Paul and Steve think

 What a session. They came wanting to work on what they said were the basics and I told them that there is nothing more than the basics involved in riding mountain bikes. They looked puzzled, but over the next 4 and a half hours they really understood as they applied the physical and mental skills to the techniques that i teach. We worked on set up, braking control and  line choice. Cornering was next and the levels of grip stunned them as they could now turn tighter and faster than ever. We worked on drops, berms, pumping, rock gardens, steps, drop offs and jumps. Paul and Steve called an end to the session themselves as their minds had been blown as to how much control they now had and how much faster they had became.
High5!

Andy and Roy come for a session

I started with the skills checks where i worked on looking and body position within them both. I also made some set up changes before moving onto drops. Here they put to practise the technique we had just covered. We also worked on braking correctly here. We worked further on cornering, using first a grassy slope, then 2 single berms, then we moved onto the trail. We worked our way down the whole trail over the next couple of hours, linking corners, rocks, fly outs, steps and drops, and they where riding top to bottom, each run was quicker and more in control than the previous. The tabletop was next, and i worked with them individually to find their clearance point. They both rode the gap jump too! We finished on the pump and jump trail where they were pumping and jumping certain sections, but soon mental tiredness set in and brought our session to an end.
Good work guys, remember that hand.
Nath (@ukbike_nath)
Tony (@ukbikeskills)

Some paths are meant to cross

 John and Chris came to me for a two to one session to find the answers to the errors in their riding that they knew were happening but didn’t know why. The skills check showed that they were missing body positioning and looking skills and then it was a case of working on the mental skills as they applied them to the  techniques I taught them in sections found out on the trails. Drops now proved no issue and soon we worked on cornering and here they were stunned at the new found levels of grip. We worked on linking sections of a trail together and flowing smoother and becoming faster as a result. Next was steep stuff and different ways of riding near vertical drop offs. 
 The heat of the day didn’t detract from the session and it was time to move to jumping. The 6ft tabletop was first followed by the 6ft gap jump and they were floating on air as the smiles beamed over their faces.
 They wanted more so we moved to a linked 9ft gap jump, sandwiched between 2 berms. one after the other they sailed over it and a couple of goes later our session closed to high5’s and smiles.
Amazing day. High5!

Wieght back Laura’s session

 I have coached Laura’s partner before and she wanted a session with myself as James couldn’t impart the skills I taught him easily. The skills check showed i needed to work on footwork and body positioning and from there we applied the mental and physical skills to as many sections as possible. Berms were first and we added some pumping. From there we linked a 2nd berm into the mix before moving on to braking technique and riding drops with control and confidence. We moved to the skills trail and worked on pumping and linking 2 corners together before finally moving to the pump trail to work on linking absorbsion and cornering together down a trail that Laura couldn’t have ridden before our session, smoothly and way more confidently than before. Awesome session, High5!

28tg July public jumps and drops session.

We started with the skills checks where we worked on looking and body position within all of their skills sets. We then applied this to the drop technique. We worked on cornering and then linking drops into corners. The tabletop came next and we worked on controlling their speeds individually and they were soon all clearing the 6ft table top, and some rode the 6ft gap jump too! The session came to an end on the pump trail where they where choosing whether to pump, jump, and some began manualling through the sections.
 Good work guys.
Tony (@ukbikeskills)
Nath (@ukbike_nath)

Richard and Tom’s day finally arrives

Richard and Tom’s day finally arrived after being delayed due to Tom injuring himself before the original date. The skills check showed me two accomplished riders that were missing 2 vital parts of their skills set, looking and body positioning. I changed their set ups and showed them why which stunned them a bit before moving to the drop technique and then straight to the 6ft  tabletop. I worked on their mental skills here and it blew them away at how simple it all felt as they sailed the drops and then rode the 6ft tabletop , landing perfectly on the transition. Richard never thought he’d ride the 3 ft drop let alone the tabletop but i knew the forecast was for hot and humid weather and i wanted to get the psychological part of the coaching done.
 We moved to cornering and pumping and that really made a difference and they felt enhanced grip and control. Over to the skills trail and we linked all 14 sections of the trail and they became faster as their skills embedded further and their control of the trail grew. We worked on various ways of riding a near vertical drop off and this amazed them to as they both rode it easily. Our session ended once we moved back to the singletrack and small unforced errors began creeping in and watched by Adel whose session  with Nathan had already finished, watched on and they could see they were tired too.
Amazing day!
High5!

road to off road with Adel

Adel is an accomplished road/track rider and came to me for some coaching for riding off road, so as always i ran her through the skills checks, and corrected any errors here, before moving onto work further on cornering. I allowed her to work on the technqiue further using a hillside, and then began linking two corners together. We worked on the first half of the trail, linking both bermed and flat corners, as well as rock gardens. Each run was getting faster and more in control than the previous one. We then worked on drops, and applying a mental skills set to the physical one. After lunch, we split the last half of the trail in two, and she was riding fly outs and drop offs, as well as some more bermed corners. Our session came to an end here due to tiredness. Thanks for listening today Adel!

Nath (@ukbike_nath)

Tony (@ukbikeskills)