James turned up for his long awaited session as arranged and we began with the skills check. I found looking and footwork was missing and later i was able to work on his body positioning too aswell as his mental skills.
James wanted to eventually ride drops and was shocked when I said we’ll start with that technique. Using both mental and physical skills sets he was able to ride and land the drops perfectly.
Onto the skills trail and we worked on linking all 14 sections on the trail together via control zones and line choice and soon he was riding the whole trail end to end. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to steps, pumping, drops, absorbing and rock gardens and all techniques blossomed as the skills were applied.
Riding steeper terrain was next and his new body positioning made it far easier and less on the edge than ever.
Onto jumping tabletops and using a 6ft tabletop I demonstrated, followed by James riding and soon he was clearing the jump easily.
For our final application of the skills, I worked on pumping, jumping and absorbing sections on another trail to gain speed and it was so cool to see the smile on his face as he got more and more dialled and controlled. James linked the 2 berms at the end of the trail together too and his new footwork really laid a foundation for him to control the trail.
Great riding dude.
Mark turned up for his long awaited session wanting to improve his riding and get faster for gravity enduros too.
The skills check showed I needed to work on his looking and body positioning as well as his mental skills.
We began with the drop technique and soon he was riding drops more controlled and confident than ever.
We did some cornering drills before moving onto the skills trail and after a while Mark was riding it top to bottom smoothly and controlled. Flat , bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to absorbing, rock gardens, pumping, steps and drops. Errors were already being self diagnosed as he quickly understood why any section was correct or wrong.
We moved onto riding steeps and that really blew him away as he rode them easily with a new found body position and set up that really gave control.
Mark used to jump things as a kid and when we moved onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump I woke up that memory and he knew why it was easy to once again get air time as he rode both sides of the jump with ease.
We moved onto another trail and worked on pumping, absorbing and jumping to gain speed on a trail and linked in 2 berms into that line too. We worked hard on fluidity and I could see he was tiring mentally but our session moved onto a 9ft gap jump that is sandwiched between 2 berms. After a demonstration Mark rode it but soon called an end to the session as he was too drained to continue.
Awesome return to coaching after a week off in the Alps.
Alex and Sean made the journey down and stayed locally to be fresh for their session. The skills check showed footwork, looking and body positioning faults and I adjusted their set ups to help this.
We began with the drop technique and they were shocked how easy it all felt, a far cry from before they arrived.
Onto the skills trail and we began working on linking the 14 sections contained within. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to absorbing, steps, pumping, rocks and drop offs. After a break we resumed with riding the trail end to end and any errors were self diagnosed.
Onto the pump trail and I worked on pumping and absorbing undulations on a trail to maintain and gain speed and to carry that around 2 berms.
We worked on pedal assisted drops too and why the skills sets applied to that too before moving onto riding another trail. Steeps, pumping, corners, jumps and a near vertical drop off were all linked together and they were stunned at how easy the vertical drop off was once they applied their new skills.five hours after we began, they knew they were tiring mentally and physically and a couple more runs of the trail saw the session come to a close.
Awesome end to a weeks coaching.
Rich and Alison came to me over a year ago and returned for another session to fix any returned errors and move their riding on too.
I could see i needed to work on Rich’ s mental skills as well as Alison’s along with her footwork errors.
We began with the top half of the skills trail to warm up and then onto linking 2 berms together using both skills sets. Later we moved to another trail to work on trail fluidity and their mental skills. Steeps , corners, bus stops, pumping and drop offs were all ridden using their skills sets.
We took a break and resumed with the drop technique and I was able to work on Alison’s body positioning and also with Rich on moving the bike in the air. Soon we moved to the tabletop with Rich clearing the gap jump a few times too!
The heat of the day was a factor and I knew the session didn’t have much time left but we worked hard on the pump and jump trail and carrying speed through berms.