I have spent a while now revamping the old dual track and making it into a single track trail that is roll able to half way then the 2nd half is made of progressively larger gaps.
initially, we dug the grass off the trail then i filled my van with sand from the quarry and gradually lined the trail. the trail always required pedaling but the mid section of small step down and step up just didn’t work and sucked any speed out at this point. so Myself and Llew worked on that and left old boy Paul and Mark to start on the landings for the gap jumps. Tom turned up and reshaped the learner dirt jump and made its landing wider too.
There’s still loads of work to do but a good trail shouldn’t be rushed.
We met for a 10am start at the Herts skills area,
i began with finding out what skills were missing and set about re installing the ones that were absent.
The first technique we cover was drops. Beginning with a kerb sized drop, I showed how the push technique fitted in with the drop technique and in time all 6 riders were riding all 3 drops , ranging from 6 inches to 3ft in height.
Next, we moved onto a section with drops linking into corners to make it more realistic with regular trail riding, once again the riders all linked the sections effortlessly.
Now it came time to start to jump.
using a fly out we worked on the take of side of the technique, before moving onto the table top section.
By controlling their speed management, I gradually added speed whilst working on their remaining skills and soon every rider sailed over the table top. Some moved over to the gap side of the jump too and rode that over and over agin, reinforcing the technique.
finally I showed the group a 9ft step down gap and Ian , using his mental skill set rode it first try.
Our session ended here as tiredness was showing on all the riders, so the session ended.
Awesome session !!!!!
Tim met me for a one to one finally after the snow delayed our session. On meeting, we chatted about his aspirations for the session and I gave him my commitments for the session..
Firstly, I ran him through the skills check where I see what is missing and bogging his riding progression down. I found he had footwork and didn’t look correctly whilst riding. I set about correcting these before moving onto the drop technique. We worked hard on body positioning during this technique as I matched his push to a speed for this technique.
We then moved onto the coaching trail and its 14 sections contained within it.
I worked with Tim on his cornering on flat, bermed , switchback and off camber corners.
we linked drops and rock sections into corners as well as the speed manual and the beginnings of the jump technique.
Gradually we worked our way down the trail and Tim really began to flow and link each section to the next fluidly. His footwork was massively improved as was his looking skill.
After a few complete runs of the trail we moved onto to the tabletop and worked on the jump technique also.
In a very short space of time, Tim was sailing over the jump. His confidence was such that he used his mental skill set and rode the gap side of the jump a few times too!
Our session ended as the rain just started and Tim left me smiling from ear to ear.
Great session Radioman!