Helping Sam unlock the rider inside

 Sam’s session was originally delayed due to the snow but today was the day and blue skies greeted us. I could see that he was already a rider with a good skill set only missing body positioning but that he needed his mental skills developed.

A set up change and a skills tweak later and off we went to apply both mental and physical skills sets to the drop technique and boy what a change in his riding!

 We moved onto the skills trail and began working on linking the 14 sections together that are contained on the trail. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, steps, rock gardens, fly out jumps and drops.

  We had a break for drinks and then resumed with why the skills applied to jumping tabletops. I used the 6ft tabletop and gap jump side for this and Sam used his mental skills to easily rode the tabletop and then to his surprise, the gap jump too.

We moved onto riding down steep drop offs and his new set up and body positioning felt natural and he easily accomplished that too. For our final task we worked on linking 2 berms and a ladder gap together and he sailed through it with a big smile and a high5 after.
 Our session ended and we retired to a beer to celebrate an awesome session.

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.

The long awaited return of kasey and Damion

 Kasey and Damion have both been to me for coaching before separately and this time wanted to share a session. Kasey hadn’t been well for a few days and that would impact on her session and she knew it, but was happy to do what she could and watch Damion. We began with the skills check and A cornering excersise to reaffirm the previous sessions and then moved on to the drop technique and then to linking drops into corners.

 We then moved onto the 6ft tabletop and then to a 15ft tabletop to work on their speed management as well as the mental skills sets and they were both getting some large airtime now.

  We moved to the pump and jump and linked in all the sections including 2 linked berms and Damion also rode the gap jump as Kasey began to throttle back due to feeling unwell but Damion wasn’t stopping he later rode a 9ft ladder gap and began riding the dirt jumps too as his riding moved on to another level as both myself and Kasey enjoyed the show.

 We moved onto riding steep drop offs and different techniques that applied and they also proved no issue.

5.5hrs in and our session came to a close and I can’t wait to ride with them both in the very near future.
Birds of a feather , flock together.

The return of Neil and Lee

Neil and Lee had attended a public singletrack skills session a year ago with myself and now wanted to push their riding further and apply their skills sets to more stuff on trails and also to learn to jump. I began by checking that the previous session had been fully absorbed and then we moved onto the drop technique and also to begin to style it in the air too.

We linked drops into corners too and the desired line choice and braking areas. Next, we moved to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and in a few small steps they both sailed over it easily and rode the gap jump side too.

We moved onto the pump and jump trail and worked on pumping, manuals and jumping sections on a trail and it surprised them both that they linked to berms together

Also linking the ladder gap too, which they rode over and over again. We had a short break and resumed by working on jumping much larger tabletops.

I didn’t want to tire them out so we moved onto riding Alpine switchbacks and steeper stuff and here I worked on their footwork and body positioning as well as the mental skills and they found it real easy.

For the end of our session I brought them to the woodwork to work on the mental skills and we worked on controlling that environment and landing on wooden transitions. It blew them away how far their riding had come in only a few hours.

Mentally I could see they were done and even another break couldn’t squeeze more of of them as after Neil rode yet another ladder drop they both decided that they were too tired to continue and a brilliant session ended there and then.
Amazing progression.

Timber mtb club 2nd session

 Mark, Joel, Rob, Kevin and Lee turned up as arranged and I began with an outline for the session and the skills check. I found I needed to work on looking, footwork and body positioning as well as their mental skills. We began with drops and their new set ups and mental skills paid off straight away as they all began landing perfectly.
 I moved on to working on cornering, and we used a grassy hillside to focus on the technique and the application of the skill set in it before moving on. Mark hurt himself early on and decided to sit it out and watch but he knew why his fall had happened and what skills he gave away so we contineud onto the skills trail it self.

Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked piece by piece to steps, pumping, absorbing, rock gardens and drops. We moved along the trail working on braking areas and line choice and in a couple of hours they were riding the whole trail end to end and faster and smoother than ever before. It was awesome to watch and Mark could see everything coming together and was enjoying seeing why it was right or wrong in any section for each rider.

I could see some were tiring mentally so we moved onto riding steeper stuff and on a 40ft drop off they used their mental skills to decide whether to ride it or not and one by one they rode it smoother and controlled. From there we moved to a much steeper but shorter drop off and Kevin and Lee couldn’t answer their mental skills positively and knew why they wasn’t ready for it but Joel and Rob overcame the mental aspect and rode it smoothly and with control.
 Our session ended soon after and I look forward to all their riding updates.

James brings Mike for a skills session

 I coached James in 2010 and he returned with Mike today to share a session and  progress together. I could see the work from our previous session had paid off and that I needed to work on James’s body positioning now and Mikes looking too!
 We began with drops and they quickly sailed beneath them and we moved onto the skills trail. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to steps, fly out jumps, rock gardens, pumping , drops and absorbing. We broke the trail down and rebuilt it bit by bit until they were linking all 14 sections together and their new skills really shone through.
 After a while I moved onto riding steeper stuff and the body positioning required and they felt the difference immediately too as they dropped into 2 different steep sections easily and controlled.
 Finally, we moved onto jumping tabletops and gaps. Mike looked worried and James had the gap jump on his mind as I could tell and in a few small steps and using both mental and physical skills they rode the 6ft tabletop easily and over and over again. Then mike followed by James rode the gap jump side a few times too!
The session came to a close soon after as the rains came and mentally they were shot so we retired to the local pub for a pint.
Amazing session guys

Glover and Andy’s search for skills

 Glover has been looking to get better at riding for a while now and tried various other coaching schools and his path led to me. Andy wanted to join him for a session and on a blue sky morning our session began.
I could see That they needed to work on looking and body positioning and also that Andy was one sided in corners with his footwork too. I corrected the missing skills and we began as ever, with the drop technique.
 I worked on both physical and mental skills here and they soon began landing perfectly on all 3 drops.
 I wanted to move straight to jumping tabletops and used a 6ft tabletop for this and over a period of time they were sailing into the air and landing perfectly. They even rode their fist ever gap jump as they rode the 6ft gap jump side too!

 We moved onto a body position correction excersize in cornering before moving to the trail itself.
 Pumping, rock gardens, absorbing, fly out jumps, steps and drops were all linked via control areas to flat. bermed. off camber and switchback turns. We worked down the trail gradually, always adding the previous to the next section via line choice and braking areas until they were riding the whole trail smoothly and linking the 14 sections together easily. Any errors were self diagnosed now too.

We moved onto riding steep stuff and their new body positioning allowed them to ride near vertical drop offs easily and in a variety of ways too. To end our session they linked 2 large berms together with no braking as their new skill set allowed them so much more control than ever before. Our session ended as mental fatigue took hold and we retired to the pub for a celebratory pint.
Awesome riding guys.