February 27, 2013 Tony Doyle

Darren, John and James’s session

Darren, John and James arrived as arranged and spoke of wanting to get faster in singletrack and also that they actually wanted to get some air under their wheels, simples!
 The skills check revealed that I had to work on footwork, looking and body positioning in all areas and I made some set up changes to enhance this.
 To their surprise we moved to the drop technique first and applied not only the physical skills but the mental skills also and the effect was immediate. they all began landing perfectly and knew why too.
 Onto the skills trail and over the next 2 hours or so we worked on each section individually and then linked the whole trail together. Pumping, drops, fly out jumps, rock gardens and steps were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. Soon, all 14 sections were being linked together faster and more controlled then ever before and any errors were self diagnosed too.

 I didn’t want them to tire too quickly so we moved onto riding down steeper stuff and their new body positioning and set ups really made it easy for them.

They asked if it was possible for me to teach them to jump the 6ft tabletop and so off we went and in a short while all 3 of them were sailing into the air and landing perfectly, very much to their surprise. darren used his mental skills to ride the 6ft gap jump side too and style it!
 For our final task we worked on linking 2 berms together and carrying speed through them and they all got it dialled but before the end of the session, Darren decided he could ride the ladder gap jump that came after the berms and after a couple of goes that wasn’t perfect he dialled it and landed sweetly with a massive smile .
An awesome end to a great session.
High5!

Comment (1)

  1. Well if you haven’t booked a session with Tony yet then what the hell are you waiting for. The best bike money I have spent so far.

    In magazines you read about the techniques, it can all look and seem complicated, but the way Tony coaches it makes it pretty straight forward. With easy to follow demos, instructions and tweaks we were all riding better immediately. As the session went on the things we were taught started to feel natural and we were doing them naturally and when we made a mistake we knew exactly where we went wrong before Tony told us.

    The next day we decided to test our new skills out on a trails so drove to Cannock Chase. It was brilliant, lots more speed on the berms and riding the drops & rock gardens with a lot more confidence. John rode really well and compare with his last ride at Woburn had mountains of confidence and James’ speed has improved no end too.

    All in all a great couple of days and thank you Tony for the coaching session, we still all feel awesome!

    If you decide not to do the coaching session then fine, just don’t slow up those on the trails that have 🙂

    Cheers
    Darren

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