Opening up Gary’s riding horizons January 20th, 2014Tony Doyle
Marcus, Russell and Richard came to me via recommendation and we began as ever with my skills check, I saw I needed to work collectively on their footwork, looking and body position as well as their mental skills too. We moved to the drop technique to work on their new skills sets and they were soon riding the largest of the drops and Marcus was able to begin to style it too.
A cornering excersise was next before we moved to the skills trail and began working hard on their cornering and trail fluidity.
Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to rocks, pumping, jumps, steps and drops. We moved down the trail methodically and always added the next section to the previous ones. Before long, they were riding the 14 sections end to end and getting faster and smoother as a result. I did some work on body positioning when riding steeper sections and from there we moved to the 6ft tabletop to work on jumping.
In a few short steps they were airbourne and both Marcus and Rich cleared it and then rode the 6ft gap jump whilst Russell worked on his timing on the tabletop.
Lastly, we moved to the pump and jump trail to work on absorbing sections on the trail and choosing which to jump or pump to stay resonant with the trail.
Five hours since we began they declared tiredness and our session came to a happy close.
Awesome session guys.
Katie was given a voucher as a skills gift and today was the day. Blue skies greeted us as I put Katie through my set up and skills check where I found she needed work on footwork, body positioning and looking skills and once corrected, the mental skills too!
Much to her amazement, we began with the drop technique and I demonstrated and broke the whole thing down for her and slowly but surely she got it and knew it!
Katie wanted to work on her cornering and I identified a weaker right hand turn as opposed to her lefts and we began working on that. We spent a long while on a grassy hill to begin with before moving to a trail to work on an isolated berm to apply the skills. Soon, Katie was riding the sections leading to the berm and carried that speed through the turn with elevated confidence and control, later linking a 2nd berm in too.
We broke the skills trail down and worked on each individual part and identified valid control areas and soon she was flowing down the trail. Rocks, pumping, absorbing, drop offs and steps were linked with flat, bermed, off camber and switchback corners and although the final berm proved an issue the others above in the trail were becoming better and better.
Katie’s tiredness grew quickly and we finished the session with a run down the pump trail and she ended it with a perfect turn in the final berm. Great start to the year.