Tim, Irving, Dave and Plumber get together for a session

Tim and Irving booked the session for 4 of them but 2 pulled out so Dave and Plumber joined them after seeing a post on www.singletrackworld.com  forum. On meeting I ran them all through my skills check and found they needed collective work on looking, footwork and body positioning. I made some critical set up changes to their bikes and to their surprise, we moved on straight to the drops. Here I demonstrated andn then worked on their mental and physical skills and soon they were all riding all 3drops, I was even able to show Tim, who’d been to me before, to style it too!
 We moved onto the skills trail and its 14 sections and began working on linking the sections together to make their trail riding faster and smoother and far more controlled than before.

Pre jumping and pumping , rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. We worked along the trail methodically always adding the previous sections to the next until they were riding the whole trail end to end and smiling all the way!

From there I moved on to work on their mental skills and body positioning on riding steep stuff. I used a high 40ft drop off and a smaller near vertical one and demonstrated before they used their mental skills to decide to try it or not.

 For our final application of the skills, I moved onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and showed why it all applied there too and soon they all followed suit and gradually everyone cleared the tabeltop.

Tim and Dave used their mental skills to decide to ride the gap jump too and Tim even began styling it too!

 Our session ended with smiles all round and I cannot wait for their riding updates. Amazing session to end a fantastic week of coaching,
High5!

November public jumps and drops session

 The riders all turned up today as arranged for the public session and i could see that some were nervous. We relaxed and chatted about the layout for the session and I began with  a simple excersise before moving onto the drop technique to apply the skills, both mentally and physically to the technique.

It wasn’t long before they all rode the 3 drops easily and more controlled than ever before. Later I did some basic cornering work and show them why the skills allowed them to link corners to drops too.

Later, it was time to move to applying the same skills to the jump technique and soon we were on a 6ft tabletop and gap.

In a few small steps they all gradually applied their mental and physical skills sets to the technique and sailed over it one by one. some even used their mental skills to decide to ride the 6ft gap jump side too!

 Our session then moved to our final trail, the pump and jump where Nathan demonstrated pumping and jumping techniques on the trail and then they all followed suit.
Our session ended 6 hours later and we went for a celebrateory pint in the local pub.
High5!

Polishing Eddie’s skills

 Eddie was concerned whether an old dog could be taught new tricks and on turning up, he flet nervous but this was soon replaced. The skills check showed an accomplished rider that had looking and body position skills needing replacing and I set to work.
 Drops were first on the menu and Eddie soon ate the 3 drops up and I was able to get him to begin to style/move the bike in the air. From there we moved to the skills trail and began methodically working on linking all 14 sections on it together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pre jumping, rock gardens, steps, jumps and drops. I worked on braking control and line choice too and soon it all  began to piece together smoothly and faster too!

  I moved us onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and began working on more body positioning and the effect of it related to speed. It took Eddie no time to clear them both and style it too!
Next was a bigger, isolated drop and  once again he rode it using both mental and physical skills sets followed by riding down steeps. Here, body positioning is critical and braking too and soon he was riding them all effortlessly.

 From there we moved onto our final trail, the pump and jump trail where I demonstrated manuals, pumping and jumping section on the trail and why choosing which critical. Our session ended in brilliant sunshine with a pint in the local pub to celebrate an absolute blinding session.
High5!

Bringing the rider out in Simon

 Simon came to me for coaching after His best mate Mark had been to me and he could see the improvement. The skills check revealed that i needed to work on his looking, body positioning and footwork and also his mental skill set too.
 We began with the drop technique and after demonstrating, Simon followed suit and rode all 3 drops with ease. From there, we moved onto the skills trail and worked on applying the skills sets to linking sections on a trail together. Rock gardens, pre jumping, steps, drops and fly out jumps were all linked via the correct control zones to berms, flat, off camber and switchback turns. Before long, Simon was riding top to bottom smoother and faster than before and had a big grin on his face as the kid inside shone through.

  I knew Simon would tire if we worked much more on the trail so I moved onto more isolated sections to apply the skills. The 6ft tabletop and gap were next and in a few small steps, Si sailed over the tabletop to whoops of joy and then used his mental skills to decide to ride the gap jump too!

Riding steep stuff was next on the menu and first I used a high roll in and later we moved to a near vertical but lower drop off and Simon applied his new riding position there too and the result was the same, control!

 To end our session we moved to the pump and jump trail to link pumping, jumping and linking turns together and each run was smoother and fluid. Mentally, I could see that the end had came to the session so it ended there and then. Amazing session.
High5!

Moving James’s riding on

 James has been coached by myself previously and returned to bring his riding on further and apply his skill set in different scenarios. I worked on body positioning and also his mental skills for this session.
We began with cornering, rock gardens and pre jumps on the top half of the skills trail and later added in absorbing techniques and linking drops into corners. I isolated his looking by slowing him down on drops and giving James more process time and that worked a treat.
 After a break, we moved onto another trail where the sections are closer and come at you faster. I broke the trail down into 3 parts and wee worked on them separately before adding them all together. Steeps, off cambers, berms, upslopes, pumping and near vertical drop offs.

I worked on his body positioning when riding down steep stuff and used a high perhaps 40ft slope to do this before moving onto a lower but way steeps one and that really set off James’s adrenaline! After a few runs of the trail we moved on again and I could tell he was beginning to tire mentally but I wanted to develop his pumping further and link it to jumping and cornering too and for this we moved onto the pump and jump trail. Each run was more fluid and faster and after a good few runs James himself declared mental tiredness and our session ended to a nice hot coffee to celebrate another great session.
High5!

Ian and Ralph come from Oxford for a skills session

Ian and Ralph wanted to have more control and confidence in their riding and their local riding is the Chilterns. I found they needed work on both looking and body positioning during the skills check and I made some set up changes to assist the corrections.
 We began with the application of both mental and physical skills in the drop technique.

It didn’t take them long to get air for the 1st time since they were kids and they ate up all 3 drops!
From there we moved onto the skills trail and the 14 sections that are present in it and I began working on linking the sections together via their exits and entries. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to upslopes, steps, rock gardens, pump bumps  and drops. We moved down the trail methodically, always linking the previous sections to the next and after a break they were riding the whole trail end to end.

 They were recommended by a friend who had been coached by myself previously and they had told them how mentally tiring the coaching is and I could see that they were tiring quickly. I knew they had a little left so I moved them on to applying both physical and mental skills to riding down steeps with their new body position and they were stunned at how controlled it felt and knew why!
 Our session ended after a couple of runs and we retired to the local pub for a well earned pint to celebrate an awesome session and a great end to a weeks coaching.
 High5!

Kas brings his mate Matt for a skills session

 Kas came to me 18months ago and wanted to attend another session and to share it with his riding buddy Matt. The skills check revealed I needed to work on their looking and body positioning and also I knew I’d work on their mental skills too.

 The first technique we applied the skills to was riding over logs using the skill set and from there we moved onto the drop technique and it was here that I was able to show them why the skills enabled them to begin to style it and move the bike in the air .
 We moved onto the skills trail and began work on linking the 14 sections contained within it together using the identified control areas. Pre jumping, rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. I worked methodically down the trail always adding the previous sections to the newest and soon they were riding the whole trail fast and in control. Any errors were self diagnosed too.

 I knew from our previous session what capacity Kas has for mental learning so I moved them on after a good few runs to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump.

 Both sailed over the jumps and Matt was blown away at how easy it all felt as his youth flooded back with memories of bmx and he styled it over the gap jump!
 From there I wanted to work on their body positioning when riding steeps and we moved into the quarry for that.

I used a high drop off first to work on both braking and body position and then we moved onto a lower near vertical drop off and I demonstrated 2 ways of riding into them and they followed suit.

 I could see they were tiring quickly and mistakes started creeping in so our session ended right there and we celebrated the session over a pint in the local pub.
Awesome riding guys,
High5!