A one to one session for Sam

Sam came down from Leicester for his session and as ever I ran him though my set up and skills check. I found he possessed perfect footwork but needed looking and body positioning enhanced so I set to work.
The drops proved no problem as he rode all 3 drops easily, commenting on the 3rd being the largest he’d ever done! We moved onto the skills trail and worked on linking all 14 sections on it together by breaking it all down first and building it back.
Pumping, rock gardens, steps, drops and fly out jumps were linked to flat, bermed, switch back and off camber turns. I worked on linking drops into corners and the best line choice before Sam began riding the whole trail end to end and the fluidity was there for all to see.

After a while I moved us onto the 6ft tabletop which to Sams’ surprise, was easy as he sailed over the jump and landed perfectly. We spent a while there really dialing the technique before moving onto the pump and jump trail.
I developed Sam’s pumping of the trail further so he was able to choose whether to pump or jump sections on the trail and he really got to grips with it.
For our final skills set application Sam used both the physical and mental skills to ride a real steep roll in on the end of the new singletrack trail and the ease really took him by surprise.
Our session ended right there after a few goes as the thunder and rain came. Great session Sam. High5!

Chris’s one to one session

Chris has been riding for many years and ridden all over the world too and came to me to develop his riding and mental approach too. The skills check showed what skills were missing and what was bogging the good habits down. I made a set up change and set to work.
We started with the drop technique and using his new looking and body positioning skills he started landing perfectly from the off.

The rain clouds were going either side of us as we moved onto the skills trail and I began working on linking the 14 sections on the trail together using the correct braking and pedaling zones. Pumping was used to gain speed and linked to flat, bermed, switchback and off camber turns. Rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drop offs. Chris focused on footwork and looking in turns and later to his body positioning as he could feel the grip it offered. I went through his mental skills questions that I teach so Chris himself could decide whether to ride any given section, not me. As we moved along the trail the rains came which meant we could take a coffee break as it passed then we could resume. Before long, Chris was riding the entire trail end to end and feeling confident and controlled all the way along it.
Our session ended as the storm turned to thunder and the heavy rains came.
I look forward to seeing you again Chris over the following weeks.

 Chris returned for the rest of his coaching session  as it was cut short in April by thunder and lightning. We further embedded what he had learned on the skills trail and also worked on pumping and the video shows him starting to get to grips with it enough to get some airtime when he chooses.

Pete’s one to one session.

On arrival Pete told me of having been coached by another company and of his aspirations for the session. He was recommended by Robin Betts whom I coached nearly 2 yrs ago!
The skills check revealed footwork, looking, braking and body positioning faults so I could see where his lack of confidence in his riding was coming from. I made some set up changes and the effect was immediate.
We moved to the drops and Pete’s new skills were shining through as was his smile as he began riding all 3 drops and landing perfectly and easily.

On the skills trail I began by breaking it down into bite sized chunks so Pete could focus easier. Pumping undulations on the trail was first up and we used this free speed to link the berm and flat corner using his new footwork, looking and body positioning. I later added in the rock garden and 2 further corners and Pete linked them in too. We had a short break and began further down the trail on the fly out jump and linked that to the following corner and step before riding from the top and linking those 9 sections together. The fluidity in Pete’s riding was evident now so I worked on linking drops into corners and the importance of line choice when doing so. Soon he was riding the entire trail end to end and linking all 14 sections together nicely and controlled. Seeing him fly off the drop and linking it confidently into the following corner was a joy for me as it meant so much to him to do so.
After a few runs of the trail I moved onto the pump and jump trail to develop his pumping further so he could generate enough speed through 2 sections to get airtime on the 3rd. After 30mins doing this Pete was tiring mentally and called an end to our session.
Awesome riding Pete and I look forward to seeing you again.

Stu and Gethin’s 2 to 1 session

Stu and Gethin made the journey from Chepstow and we had a coffee on arival and chatted about their aspirations for the session. The skills check revealed body position and looking faults and I made the necessary set up changes to correct this.
As ever, drops were first and they wasted no time in applying the physical and mental skills to land perfectly off all 3 drops.

Off to the skills trail we went and I broke the 14 sections down on the trail into bite sized chunks. The first being pumping undulations on the trail and using the trails energy to ride the following berm and flat corner. Soon I added a rock garden, berm and switchback corner into the mix and they began riding them smoothly and the errors began getting less frequent.
We had a break and I moved them onto the lower half of the trail with the fly out jump and corner with a stepped exit and the ease at which they could get into the air made them laugh. I added the end part of the trail in with its drops into the final corner. It was time to ride the entire trail end to end and armed with their new skills they began to really fly down the trail. the footwork, looking and body positioning was becoming more of an unconscious action as they swooped along the trail.
I moved onto the 6ft tabletop and gap and once again I demonstrated the application of the skill set in this technique and in a few short moves, they were sailing over it with laughter ringing out. The child in them both had returned and they were loving every minute. Both used their mental skills to even ride their first gap jump too!

I knew we’d not much time left fatigue wise so I moved onto the pump and jump trail to work on pumping, jumping and manualing sections on a trail. Both got were really getting to grips with the techniques as tiredness showed and our session ended to a riding demonstration of the skill set in use as always in my own riding on the woodwork of herts. Great session and a great end to an amazing week of coaching.

Ash and Matt from Bristol

Matt and Ash came down from Bristol for their session and during the skills check I found footwork, body and looking skills were missing in both areas of the check. Both talked about lacking confidence, which is common in riders who look down lots. I made some set up changes and we went over to the drops area where I went through the mental skills questions and demonstrated all the drops at different speeds before the lads began riding. From the word go they were riding drops more comfortably than ever before and I was able to work with styling it too.

We moved onto the trail and I used the top half first, linking pumping, rock gardens, flat,bermed, and switchback corners. I worked on looking and footwork in corners and later added in body positioning too and they really began to shift! I then added the bottom half of the trail with its fly out jump, step, berms,off camber turns and drops. The ease that they could now take off really surprised them and it wasn’t long before they were riding the trail together end to end with big grins on their faces.
I then pointed at the 6ft tabletop and gap and began working on the application of the same skill set in that technique and soon they were flying over it. Matt even began riding the gap and styling it too!

I moved us onto the pump and jump trail so I could develop their pumping and jumping further so they could jump a 9ft tabletop which they both did. When we met in the morning they both said they’d love to be able to manual so to their surprise, I showed why the same skills made manualing tabletops easy and they both got it!

I could see them tiring and Ash said he was knackered so the session ended there. Keep working on the skills guys and let me know how it all goes.

A short notice session for Kasey

Kasey booked a session for later in a the year as I am so busy but asked to be on my cancellation list and today I had such an event so called her and the session was on!
I have coached her other half Damion last year and she was apprehensive to say the least as she felt a weight of expectation for the session but I alleviated this on arrival.
The skills check revealed a tidy rider but with psychological faults rather than stand out physical ones and I set to work.
Kasey needed a body position tweak on drops as this was always her nemesis and soon she was landing perfectly, the largest drop was a barrier but later in the day she would ride the same sized drop but link it into a corner on the trail as her mental skills developed.
On the skills trail we worked on pumping and braking areas and used this to link 14 sections on the trail together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to steps, fly out jumps, rock gardens and drops and line choice was covered also.

It didn’t take long before Kasey was riding the entire trail end to end and getting faster with each run as the good work from the session began to really pay off. We moved on to the tabletop and worked on jumping the 6ft tabletop and in time she was landing perfectly and easier than ever. The smile was still beaming across her face when I mentioned manualing on a trail and we moved on to apply the same mental and physical skill set to this. In a couple of goes she had it and the whoops of joy and smile on her face is still in my head as I write this. Great session Kasey and I look forward to seeing you again.

From scotland for skills

Jackie and Miranda came to me from Scotland after having had coaching from other companies there. On meeting I asked of their aspirations and knew that Jackie was the more experienced but neither had been through my skills check so that made no difference.
I found they had body positioning and looking skills missing in both aspects of the check and I made some dramatic set up changes to their bikes to enhance my corrections.
We moved onto the drop sections and I demonstrated the application of the mental and physical skill set here before they both had a go. Immediately, they began landing perfectly and both remarked on the ease of the technique.
After a while we moved onto the skills trail itself and I worked on linking sections on singletrack together using braking technique and pumping. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to steps, rock gardens, fly out jumps, drops and pump bumps and soon the ladies were riding the entire trail end to end, faster and smoother than ever before.

After a few runs of the trail it was clear they were beginning to tire so I moved onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and once again showed why the skills set applies here too and soon both of them were airborne! Jackie used her mental skills to decide to ride the gap jump side too and the smiles on their faces were a picture to behold.

To end our session I worked some more on pumping sections on the pump and jump trail before mental fatigue showed and our session came to an end to myself giving a riding demonstration of the same skills set I teach in use in my own riding on the high woodwork at herts.
Great session ladies, High5!