17th September public jumps and drops session

 
The session started as always with the skills checks where we discovered that he mainly had to work on looking in everyone’s skills set. After explaining what was needed, and making the necessary set up changes, we moved onto the drop technique. Here, we gave everyone a mental skills set, and explained the importance it can have on their riding. Before long, everyone was riding off the largest drop, and landing perfectly. Some even began to add style when in the air. We then done a bit of work on cornering, and then linked drops into corners, which everyone rode with more speed and control than ever before. After a quick break, we moved onto another section of the trail to work on jumping, and then put it to practise on the tabletop. Here, we managed everyone’s speed individually to find the speed that matched their jumping technique, to allow them to land perfectly on the other side. Some used their mental skills set in order to jump the 6ft gap jump as well. Our session ended on the pump and jump trail, where everyone now had to manage their own speed to jump a given distance. Soon, they were riding the trail top to bottom, choosing which sections to pump or jump.
Great session guys!
Tony and Nath

Nigel’s one to one session

 Nigel turned up as arranged and during the skills check I discovered that he needed work on his looking and his body positioning so I made a set up check to assist this. We began with the drop technique and he was landing perfectly from the word go using his new body position. From there we moved onto the skills trail where I concentrated on his cornering in particular and soon he was riding the entire trail faster and smoother than he’d ever ridden before and linked all 14 sections via line choice and control areas. Next up, we moved onto another trail and worked on riding steep drop off’s and linking jumps corners and absorbing on each section as required and I was also able to demonstrate why the skill set enabled him to move the bike in the air and begin to style.

We moved onto set another trail where we worked on absorbing and pumping sections of a trail to gain speed as he races Enduro’s and worked on linking 2 berms together and carrying speed through them to jump a 7ft gap jump. For our final application of physical and mental skill sets we worked on linking 9ft gap jump that was sandwiched between two berms. After a good few goes mentally and physically he was tired and our session ended there. What an amazing session, Nigel.

High 5!

Ashley and Chris have a two to one skills session

 Ash and Chris made the journey up from Brighton and arrived on time and fresh for their session.
 The skills check showed me that they needed work on footwork, looking, body positioning and also the mental skills.
We began with the drop technique and their new set up and skills sets paid dividends straight away as they began landing perfectly and easily from all 3 drops.
Onto the skills trail and we began working on linking sections on a trail smoothly via line choice and control areas. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, absorbing, steps, drops and rock gardens. Any errors were soon being self diagnosed as they rode all 14 sections of the trail and knew when it was right and why.
From there we moved to another trail to work on the jump technique as well as developing their absorbing and pumping of trail sections. Soon they were flying and choosing which sections to pump or jump.
For the final application of the skills sets, we worked on carrying speed through 2 linked berms. Mental tiredness really began to show, especially in Chris and our session came to a close.
An awesome session to end another mazing week of coaching.
High5!

Mike, Craig and Duncan’s journey of discovery

 Mike, Craig and Duncan turned up as arranged and I began with the set up and skills check. I found they needed work on looking and body positioning and also their mental skills too. Duncan rode bmx as a child and I knew I could bring the kid back in them all.
Not only were the drops no problem but i was able to show them why their skills sets applied to styling in the air too.
Onto the skills trail and i broke the 14 sections down and worked on linking them together using line choice and braking areas. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, jumps, rock gardens, steps and drops. They were flying along and knowing why too!
 Onto riding steeper terrain and they were all stunned at how easy a near vertical drop off proved using their new skills and were keen to find out what else they applied too.
The 6ft tabletop was next and they all sailed into the air with whoops of joy as they did. They used their mental skills to ride the 6ft gap jump too and Duncan began styling it too.
For the final application of the skills, we moved to another trail to work on linking sections on a trail using pumping, jumping and manualing and linked the berm at the end into the line too.
The session ended as mental fatigue hit home and they were too tired to continue.
Great session!!!
High5

Scott’s path leads to me

Scott made he trip down from Nottingham for his session and i began with the skills check. I found he needed work on looking and body positioning as well as his mental skills.
 We began with the drop technique and soon he was landing perfectly off all 3 drops and loving his new skills.
Onto the skills trail, and we worked on linking the 14 sections contained within the trail together using identifiable control zones and line choice. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, steps, rocks, jumps and drops. each run was faster than the previous and any errors were self diagnosed as he now knew why.
 Next, we moved to jumping tabletops and for this I used a 6ft tabletop. In a few short moves he was sailing over it and was able to use his mental skill set to decide to ride his first ever gap jump! After a few clears of the gap we moved onto another trail.
 We next worked on pumping and generating speed to jump a 9ft tabletop and linked all the sections together and carried speed through a berm at the end too. I demonstrated manuals through doubles and tabletops too and he started to get that too but soon after mental fatigue hit and he declared himself too tired to continue.
Amazing session with an awesome dude.
High5!

From Swindon for a session

Chris and Dean made the trip across from Swindon for their session. The skills check showed me that I needed to work on their looking, body positioning and also their mental skills. We began with the drop technique and even on moving the bike when in the air.  From there we moved onto the skills trail and worked on linking the fourteen sections together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switch back corners were linked to rock gardens, steps, drops, jumps and pumping. I worked hard on line choice and breaking areas. From there we moved to the 6ft table top and gap jump. Soon they were landing perfectly on the table top and then using their mental skills to clear the gap jump, with big smiles on their faces. Next we moved onto riding steeps, we linked steep sections into a corner then a jump. Then moved onto what would be our final trail to work on pumping and jumping and linked two S bend berms together and even rode the 7ft ladder gap which came after it! Amazing session.
High 5!

public singletrack skills session

Riders from London Phoenix cc turned up for today’s session as arranged and we began with the skills check and set up changes and as they were all from the same club I tailored it more for them we began with drops before moving to a cornering exercise. From there we moved onto linking section. Of singletrack together. We worked on flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns and linked tthem to steps, rock gardens, pumping, absorbing and drop offs. We worked on braking areas and  line choice. By the end of the session, they were all riding faster and with more control than ever.
Awesome session.
High5!