The return of Mark

Mark came to me last year and returned to further his riding once again.  The session was based on body positioning and the mental skills set too. We began with drops and then quickly moved onto a new singletrack to work on riding steeper sections and linking a faster trails sections together. Corners, bus stops, pumping, drop offs and jumps were all pieced together over the next hour or so before we had a break. 
 Next, we worked on linking two terms together and carrying speed out of them and before long we added the previous sections of the trail to as we applied pumping, absorbing and jumping to sections.
 we then finally moved to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and really worked on both phases of jumping them with his new positioning. Three and a half hours after starting, Mark said he was mentally tired and our session ended over a coffee and talk of his wakeboarding. Awesome riding.

Turning a corner in Mark’s riding

  Mark’s riding had been effected by a couple of crashes this year and his path in riding led him to me. I found he needed work on footwork, looking and body positioning in all areas but also I knew he’d need lots of work on the mental skills set too.
 We began with drops in in a few minutes Mark was riding stuff he’d previously ridden round and his new set up and body position really felt good to him and his confidence boomed.
I moved onto pumping , rock gardens and corners and used the top half of the skills trail for this before moving onto another trail. The next trail is faster with steeps, jumps, bus stops, pump bumps  and corners.

We worked on segments of the trail before riding them all end to end and the smile on Marks face was a picture. We had a short break before resuming by riding the end of the skills trail and linking drops into corners and what used to faze Mark now wasn’t an issue and he began riding the skills trail end to end and loving every section of it too!
We moved onto the tabletop to work further on his jumping and he sailed into the air shortly after and I could see the fact that he was going on holiday tonight was playing on his mind and he began to make small errors that said he was tiring mentally which led to the session ending, much to Marks agreement.
Great session dude.

Colin returns for a skills session

Colin had been on a public session before and chose to come back to me on a one to one session to further progress his riding. The session started the same way with the skills checks where I worked on cornering, and explained the physical skills that were needed. He also showed me that he unweighted the bike perfectly. I moved him straight onto drops, where he was soon riding off the larger one comfortably. We then linked drops into corners which he allowed him to manage is speed after a drop and link in with the corner. I then gave him a quick cornering exercise where he used body position to aid his cornering, and then went back to the corner for him to put it to practice. We then moved to the tabletop where I managed his speed so he could fly over it and land comfortably the other side. I then showed him a pump and jump trail, where I explained pumping, and he had to generate his own speed in order to clear a jump. He quickly understood, and was soon riding the whole trail, using his mental skillset to choose whether to pump or jump. We then worked on a different trail, and started linking steeper roll ins to corners, fade away jumps, bus stops and more, and Colin was soon riding the trail top to bottom. I then showed him the last half of the pump and jump trail, where he now had to choose a speed he was comfortable with to jump a chosen distance, and then he linked the whole trail together. We then moved back to the tabletop, where I slowed him down in order to bring out his jumping ability. Tiredness took over and we finished the session by riding the pump trail top to bottom.
great session Colin!

Post injury mental skills session

 Paul attended a session with me last year and booked today as a build up session but broke his wrist 8 weeks ago.That meant today was all about removing his one sided cornering and his protection of the wrist, so I worked on his mental skills and speed judgement.
 We began with the drop technique to check body position from there we moved to the 6ft tabletop and worked on body positioning and speed to clear it at differing speeds. We moved on to pumping and absorbing sections on a trail and linking 2 berms together and soon he was railing corners once again. We had a break as it was extremely hot and continued on another trail and linked steeps, corners and jumps together and he was really motoring along now. We worked on riding alpine style switchbacks too as he was going to the Alps next week.

We next moved to a 15ft tabletop to work on controlling speed between sections and developing his take off body position over the next 30mins we really broke some new ground and soon after paul was riding the whole trail end to end and linking all the section via manuals, pumping, absorbing and jumping.
 The heat of the day took its toll on Paul as he began cramping so our session ended.
Enjoy the Alps Paul and see you when you get back.

18th June public singletrack skills session round up

 Steve, Ash, Brian, Mike, Don and Kev turned up as arranged and during the skills check I discovered looking ad body positioning needed work collectively. I made some set up changes and set to work, I worked on their mental skills by spending some time on some drops, something I wanted to do as I could see the group were keen to try.
 From there we moved to the skills trail and worked on cornering and linking sections of the trail together via identified control areas. Pumping, steps, drop offs, rock gardens and absorbing up slopes were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. Over the couple of hours we worked on fluidity and line choice and they began riding faster and more controlled than ever. Any errors were self diagnosed too as they now knew why it was right or wrong.
I finished the session after bringing the group to the steeps and we worked on the mental skills on a couple of steep drop offs.
 I really enjoyed that session and we all went to the local pub for a pint to celebrate an awesome journey together.

Jason’s one to one

Jason came down from the North of England for his session and on meeting I put him through my skills check and found looking and body position errors so i set to work.
Jason had done drops before but when using his new skills sets, he found it simple and controlled.
 We moved to the skills trail and began work on fluidity and linking trail sections together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were link to rock gardens, pre jumps, fly out jumps, steps and drops. I demonstrated and Jason followed suit. Before long he was linking all 14 sections on the trail together and any errors were self diagnosed as he now knew why.
 Next, we moved to riding steeper terrain and his new set up really hit home here as he easily rode a very steep drop off .
 We had a break for coffee and resumed with riding the 6ft tabletop and using the mental skills to decide to ride the 6ft gap jump too! The pump and jump trail was next up and I demonstrated pumping, jumping and manuals too and Jason followed suit again. Soon he was choosing which technique best suited what section on the tail and even linked in the 2 berms followed by 7ft gap jump, this from someone who previous to today, didn’t like gaps!
 I knew he was tiring and when we looked at a larger gap jump and I demonstrated, Jason used his mental skills again to decide not to ride it as he was tiring.
 Our session ended there to smiles all round.
Cracking session.

Ned brings John, Dean and Bruce along for a session

Ned , John, Dean and Bruce came along for a session for Johns birthday and on arrival we chatted over a coffee of their expectations for the session and then I began. We began with the skills check and I found I had to work on their footwork, body positioning and looking skills and once corrected we moved along to the drop technique to apply the physical but also the mental skills sets to the technique and others.
 It didn’t take them long to ride all 3 drops and then we moved on.
 The skills trail has 14 sections contained within it and I walked them through the trail segment by segment and demonstrated each before they began riding them. Rock gardens, pumping, steps, fly out jumps and drops were all linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns by line choice and control areas. Soon they were riding the trail end to end and self diagnosing any errors,awesome!
 I moved them onto riding steeper terrain and they were amazed at how easy it felt as they applied their new skills and used their mental skills to decide whether to ride something or not.
We ended the session on a section of trail linking steep roll in to a corner then to a jump and as mental tiredness crept in and errors began to appear I ended the session.
Keep me informed of how the riding goes guys.