On meeting Iain and Laura and running them through the skills check it was clear that they rode together loads as they had the same missing skills but more interestingly, they had developed the same push followed by pull to raise the front wheel. This fix was easy as all I had to do was remove the pull element and the technique happened with ease.
Now all we had to do was apply the push to various techniques along with the skill set.
First up was pumping and the dis connected bunny hop followed by the drop technique.
Laura said she really wanted to be able to get air under her wheels and that happened in only 2 tries!
We moved onto a trail and it was here that we worked heavily on cornering. Slowly and methodically we added each element of the skill set and both Laura and Iain were starting to ride smooth and fast. We worked our way down the trail, linking the sections together and using identified braking zones.
We ended the session as mental fatigue began to creep in.
Awesome day and it was a pleasure to ride with you both.
Tim contacted me for a coaching session for his 13yr old son Charlie.
Charlie has a local skatepark but wanted to learn the basics of park riding.
Along with Mark Atkins, we worked on carving the ramps, riding out and dropping in.
We applied these techniques on various ramps, beginning small, spread through out the park. Charlie hadn’t ridden a bowl before but in a short while he was pumping figure eights around it and riding out too.
We rode the street section too working on park etiquette and linking ramps together. After 3.5hrs Charlie had reached physical tiredness and we ended our session with him smiling like a Cheshire cat.
high 5 Charlie.
We met in the car park and after going through the outline for the session I ran Andrew through my skills check.
I found he had footwork and looking faults but had a very natural un weight of the front wheel, so I set to work.
We began with bi lateral pumping, using his past skateboarding experiences and soon Andrew was flowing down the trail. I demonstrated the dis connected bunny hop and although he didn’t get it totally as his timing was slightly off The components were there and Andrew will work on that in the coming weeks as per his home work.
From there we worked on the drop technique and gradually , using his new skill set Andrew was comfortably getting his wheels off the ground.
It came time to move to a trail. I split the trails 9 sections into 3 segments and we worked on each segment one by one before linking them together and finally riding the whole trail end to end.
Work on the physical skills that we focused on and let me know how it develops Andrew.
Simon s skills session was a gift from his wife. After 20years of riding he felt he had plateaued and wanted to overcome this.
During the skills sheck it was clear that he could ride the bike and already had some very tidy skills deeply ingrained but he lacked the mental skill set.
We worked on his looking first and once I got him to look up and into the next everything happened easier.
We worked on un weighting, bi lateral pumping and the bunny hop techniques. It was here that Simon learned the true value of his natural push to raise the front wheel.
We went straight to the coaching trail and worked on his cornering and braking. Slowly we worked our way down the trail linking each section together methodically. Confidence was blossoming nicely as we entered tha last segmnet of the trail containing the drop and it was here that we really worked on his mental game where apply the mental skill set really showed it’s true worth. After a few runs of the whole trail Simon was smiling as he had overcame a large part of his fear of wet wood and in the rain, using his looking and other skills the roots just became something else and flew by with no drama.
Finally we worked on jumping on a small tabletop where I isolate the skill set and slowly add them into the technique and before you knew it Simon was airborne.
We ended the session soaking but smiling.
Marcus, Stu and Steve arranged a private group session with me and although after the skills check I discovered idiosyncrasies with their missing skills they all had a common fault, looking.
We moved onto un weighting the front end of the bike, pumping and also the dis connected bunny hop. All of those techniques were worked on until all four physical skills were present and it came time to work on the drop and jumping technique.
The guys over came the early lack in confidence and really got to grips with both these techniques so I then moved them onto a trail and we worked on all the sections present.
Cornering and braking zones were worked on, as was trail energy management. gradually we worked our way down the trail linking methodically all the sections one by one before finally ending our session working on the end segment of the trail where we worked on linking corners to drop sections.
Great session guys!
Jeremy came to me on recommendation from a previous client Dave Wenham. On meeting him I asked a few questions to discover his level of personal confidence on a bike.
during the skills check, just like his long time friend from the morning i found he only missed looking from his skill set and that he had a natural push too!
I made a couple of changes to his bar set up and we proceeded through the pumping, dis connected bunny hop and onto the drop technique. Clearly Jeremy could ride a bike but lacked the self confidence in his ability so all the time I made subtle suggestions to his riding and he discovered the possibilities of them.
We moved onto a trail which I broke down into 3 segments. The first containing 2 corners which we worked on to enable him to ride through them both without the need to brake. i then added the next segment and soon he was riding with flow and control but also way faster than he could previously.
I then demonstrated the end segment and its drops that it contained and Jeremy rode those with a new commitment and confidence.
We ended our session after a couple of complete end to end runs of the whole trail and rode back smiling to the car park.
Great session Jeremy. High5!
Mark had hit a wall in term s of progression in his mtbing. On chatting to him it was clear he lacked confidence and also the belief in his own ability.
After the skills check I found that he missed only looking in his skills armory and had a natural push that preceded a pull that needed removing. On enhancing his looking the push unweighted his front end easily and his desire to pull after wards on the bars disappeared.
The 1st techniques we covered were pumping and the dis connected bunny hop which to Marks surprise, he found really easy. Things were moving along nicely, so the drop technique was next and on a purposely built section we worked on the technique until mark felt his bike become air borne.
Now we moved onto a trail consisting of nine sections including roll downs, corners and drop section which I broke down and methodically we worked on each section and linked each one as we worked our way down the trail. the top 6 sections we linked smoothly and controlled.
when the final 3 sections were linked in also it was clear that mark had moved comfortably beyond his perception of what he could do on a bike and had become a different rider altogether.
I look forward to our on going coaching connection. Awesome session Mark!