Meddling with Graham’s mental skills

 Graham wanted a skills session and his wife bought him a voucher and today was the day. H e said on arrival that he lacked confidence from a series of crashes on bmx and now was a wheels on the ground rider. I found looking and body positioning had effected his riding so I set about correcting this with a set up change to assist .
 The drop technique was first an even burping his tyre off landing a 1ft drop didn’t deter him and he soon rode the 3ft drop a few times with a big grin over his face. We moved to the skills trail and worked on his fluidity on trails and linked the sections of the trail together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback corners were linked to jumps, rock gardens, steps, pumping and drops. Soon he was riding the whole trail end to end and using line choice and control areas he became faster down the whole trail rather than feeling fast in a bit of it.
We moved on to his nemesis, jumping tabletops as this had become a fear but in a few small steps he was sailing the 6ft tabletop and used his mental skills to ride the gap jump a few times too!!!
 We moved to another trail to further work on his fluidity and worked on generating speed on a trail and choosing whether to jump or pump sections on a trail and linked to berms together at the end of the trail too. I was even able to get him to manual a tabletop too which amazed him. Over 4 hours since we began I could see errors were creeping in and our session came to an end.
Really enjoyed that session.
High5!

7th October Public Jumps & Drops Session

The session started as usual with the skills checks where I discovered that I mainly had to work on looking and body positioning. Everyone quickly understood what was needed, and after some set up changes, we moved onto the drop technique. Here I gave everyone a mental skills set in which to use in their riding, and soon everyone was riding off a drop of their choice with more confidence and control than ever before, some feeling air beneath their wheels for the first time. We then done a little bit of work on cornering, and then linked drops into corners, so they could practise their new found techniques. We then moved onto the tabletop, where I controlled everyone’s speed individually in order to give them the speed they needed in order to jump a given distance. We then moved onto the pump and jump trail where they now had to pump through a number of sections and had to gain their own speed to be able to jump. Our session finished with everyone riding the trail top to bottom, choosing whether to pump, jump and some even began to manual through the sections.
Great session guys!
Tony and Nath.

Ben, Morgan, Neil and Duncan share a skills session

The lads turned up as arranged and i found body positioning and looking skills were missing in their riding skill set and I knew I would have to work on the mental skills too as they were all at different places in their riding.

The drop technique was first up and they soon began landing perfectly and knowing why too. We moved onto the skills trail and began working on their trail control and fluidity when linking the 14 sections on it together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to steps, rocks, upslopes, drops and pumping. slowly but surely, they grew faster and smoother and any errors were self diagnosed.
 We moved to the pump and jump trail where we worked on pumping, manuals, jumps and linking berms together and carrying speed out of them. soon they were choosing which sections favoured which technique. 
Then we moved to another trail to work on steeper terrain and linking sections on a trail that come at you faster. I demonstrated different ways of riding a near vertical drop off that was at the end of the trail as well as how to move the bike in the air too.
Over 5 hours since we began I could see they had reached the end of their learning capacity so our session ended with a tour of the herts woodwork.
Awesome end to an amazing weeks coaching.
High5!

Lee and pals from Brighton

Lee, Brendan, James, Stephen and Nathan made the trip up from Brighton for their session and I began with my skills check and Found they all had great footwork but needed work on looking and body positioning as well as their mental skills. We began with drops and they were amazed at how easy it all now felt and the old hashed up landings of old had disappeared . From there we moved to the top half of the skills trail and worked on linking sections on a trail fluidly and especially on corners. A break for coffee followed and the lads asked me to show them how to use the skills sets to ride over logs, simples!

 Back to the skills trail and they were soon riding the whole trail end to end using line choice and control areas to link the 14 sections of the trail together. Rocks, pumping, steps, jumps and drops were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. We moved on to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and all 5 of them sailed over the 6ft tabletop once i had worked on the mental skills and Lee, James and Stephen rode the gap jump side too!
I moved them onto another trail and we worked on absorbing, pumping and jumping sections of the trail and they really got to grips with it, even linking 2 berms together along the trail and carrying speed out of them. James rode the 7ft gap jump after the berms too which blew his mind at how easy it felt and why.
Over 5 hours since we began they all started to tire and our session came to a close to a tour of the herts skills area. Amazing session guys.
High5!

Five go mad from Glostershire

Andy, Kev, Mike, Paul and Rob came up as arranged and a little detour made their arrival a bit late but when they were ready we started with the skills check. I found they needed work on looking, body positioning and footwork and I knew from speaking to them that I had to work on their mental skills too.

 We moved to the drop technique and they applied their new skills and began landing perfectly and easier than ever. From there we moved onto cornering and linking sections on a trail together.
 A short break for coffee followed and then we resumed by working on linking drops into corners vi braking areas and line choice. They were now riding more controlled and faster than before and knowing why too.
Next, we moved to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump where I worked with them on the mental side of the technique as well as the physical. I was even able to show Mike and Paul why the skills sets made style in the air possible .
the last trail we used was the pump and jump trail where we applied the techniques covered and choose which to apply in any section and why and as they gained speed through pumping they were able to choose which sections to jump or absorb. They all carried way more speed out of the final berm than they ever had before.
Over 5 hours after we began, the session ended as they were getting tired and errors were creeping in. I know mental tiredness when I see it and we parted ways with smiles all round. Awesome session guys.
High5!

Jumping into a new phase in Steve’s riding

Steve made his was up from Portsmouth and we started with my skills check and set up changes. I found he needed work on looking and body positioning and his mental skills that had been affected by the missing physical skills.

 The new skill set made the drop technique simple and controlled and he rode a 3ft drop with ease. We moved to the skills trail and worked on linking all 14 sections of the trail together. Cornering was something he never considered to be lacking in his riding but now he was flying round turns and knew why. The rock gardens, step, jump and drops on the trail flew past as he was now using line choice and control areas to really flow down the singletrack. We moved on to riding steeper drop offs and again he was really stunned at how simple it felt and non dramatic.
Now at the start of the session, Steve said he’d love to get some air on jumps and with this in mind I moved to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump. To his surprise, he rode both sides easily and landed on the downslope with control and confidence. 
 We moved to anther trail to work on pumping and jumping sections on a trail and linked to berms together to carry speed. Steve rode them so well he was able to ride the 7ft ladder gap jump after them with ease again and again. 
I could see he was tiring but wanted to show him another gap jump, this time a 9ft gap sandwiched between 2 corners. He rode it once after I had demonstrated but the adrenaline of the session had taken its toll and he was too knackered for anther.
Awesome session Steve.
High5!