Stefania and Richard’s two to one session

Stefania and Richard arrived as arranged and although they felt they were at different levels in their riding I was of course able to coach them both equally. The skills check showed they needed work collectively on footwork, looking and body positioning as well as the mental skills. They felt that they wanted to focus on cornering and fluidity in riding singletrack rather than jumping but We worked on the drop technique as I was able to work on the mental skills there.
 We soon moved from the drops to the singletrack itself and its 14 sections that are contained within it. Berms, flat, off camber and switchback turns were linked via control areas and line choice to pumping, steps, drop offs, up slopes and a rock garden. We worked hard on their footwork as that lays a foundation for the body positioning to take effect and soon they were riding the trail end to end a lot faster and more controlled than ever before. A midway break for food and coffee helped them to keep their energy levels up and a good few more runs of the trail saw them begin to self assess their errors in any section.
Lastly, we moved to riding steep sections and the required body positioning. Both of them felt way more controlled in descending now and Richard was blown away at how simple a near vertical drop off was to ride with his new skills sets.
Awesome session, high5!

Terry, Bev and hubby Adam’s joint session

  Bev wanted to get her Hubby another skills session with myself for his birthday and Terry joined it as he did last time and I suggested Bev joined the session too instead of having a solo session.
 The skills check showed me that I needed to work on Adam and terry’s body positioning as errors had crept in since last years session and I could see why. Bev needed work on her looking and body positioning and needed her mental skills developed too.
 I began with the application of the skills in the drop technique and as I worked on Bev’s mental skills I was able to develop Terry and Adam’s riding on the larger of the 3 drop at the same time. It wasn’t long before she was landing perfectly and used her mental skills to decide to ride the middle drop too.
 From there we worked on carrying speed through a berm and later added a second berm for them to flow through. Things were really going well and we took a break for coffee to allow the learning to settle and we resumed by working on the skills trail and their fluidity. I broke the trail down and soon they were pumping, cornering and riding through rocks and down a step too. Bev’s confidence just grew and grew and her old fear of riding into bomb holes and steep up slopes had disappeared as Bev now controlled her environment.
Bev declared herself too tired to continue after 4 hours but I continued with Terry and Adam on linking drops into corners and it was awesome to see Adam ride the largest drop this time as he wasn’t confident that he could ride it last  time but now they were both sailing off the 4ft drop and linking it to the corner that followed.
We moved to the 6ft tabletop to dial their body positioning in take off and then they used their mental skills to ride the 6ft gap jump too a good few times.
Our session ended as they were now mentally drained and an awesome session came to an end.

Public jumps and drops session

 What a session this one was. 5 riders arrived as arranged after 3 had to pull out as they were travelling together and had vehicle issues. The skills check and set up change revealed the missing skills and once replaced, I worked on their mental skills and applying them to various techniques out on trail. We worked on drops up to 1 meter, then worked on linking drops up to 4ft into a corners by line choice and braking areas. All riders were amazed at the quick improvements.
We moved on and jumping was next and we spent time on a 6ft tabletop and they all cleared it over and over again with ease after some tweaking by myself. They used their mental skills to decide to ride the gap jump or not too.
I worked on pumping terrain to gain speed to jump a 9ft tabletop on another trail and soon they were choosing when to jump or pump and linked two berms in and carried enough speed to ride the 7ft ladder gap jump after them. Amazing!
We moved on to another trail and once I’d shown them why body position is so important in riding steep stuff too they were off riding a trail with steeps, corners and jumps. I was even able to teach moving the bike in the air too.
We ended the session working on manuals, pumping and jumping and we stopped as errors began to appear and mistakes began to occur.
Awesome riding guys!

5 go mad in Hertfordshire

Firstly, I apologize for the lack of photos from the last part of the day as I accidentally deleted them during upload. Kean and his gang of merry men arrived as arranged and we proceeded with the skills check and set up changes and they could already feel positive changes to their riding. We moved to the drops and applied both mental and physical skills and they began riding using their renewed looking and body positioning skills.
All 3 drops were ridden by them and soon we moved on. The skills trail was next, and I broke the trail down and demonstrated each section and over the next hour or so, they were riding the whole trail end to end , faster and more controlled than ever before. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, jumps, drops, rock gardens and steps.
 Next we worked on riding steeper terrain and also a near vertical drop off, the old weight way back of old was replaced by their new skills and it all became easier and far more controlled. The looks on their faces as they rode down a 40ft drop off with control was a sight to see.
I moved them to the 6ft tabletop to work on jumping as they’d never cleared a jump before but in a few moves and tweaks from myself, one by ne they sailed over the tabletop and landed perfectly, some used their mental skills to decide to ride the 6ft gap jump a few times too!
 we then moved to our final trail of the day to work on linking the techniques covered on the session together and why and when is best to choose which on the pump and jump trail and they linked the 2 berms in nicely too. John rounded off the session by riding the ladder gap jump at the end too!
Amazing session to end an awesome week of coaching.

Evan, John, Duncan and Geoff’s bike park wales prep session

Evan, John, Duncan and Geoff turned up as arranged wanting to work on cornering and jumping to prepare for their trip to bike park wales and beyond.
The skills check and set up we began with showed me they needed to work on body positioning, footwork and looking so I set to work.
 The drop technique was first up and it wasn’t long before they were all riding the 3 drops and I was even able to get them to begin to style it too. From there we moved to the skills trail and over the next couple of hours, we worked on linking the 14 sections of the trail together using both mental and physical skills sets. We broke the trail down and worked on each section individually before working on control areas to increase their fluidity. They we soon railing the turns and pumping, riding jumps, drops and rock gardens too and getting so much faster as their control increased.
 We worked on riding steep stuff as well as 2 different ways of riding a near vertical drop off and after I demonstrated both ways they followed suit and were blown away at how simple that it felt.
Now it was time to work on jumping . I used the 6ft tabletop and demonstrated as always and then they were all clearing the 6ft tabletop with ease and then they all rode the gap jump side a few times too, even styling it at times.
 We moved to the pump and jump trail to link all techniques together and choose to jump , pump and even manual sections of the trail. It was so cool to watch them rail through 2 linked berms and one by one clear the 7ft ladder gap jump at the end of the trail too!!
5hrs since we began and they were riding way more confidently and controlled than ever and they all recognized mental tiredness too without needing to be told. An awesome session came to an end with a tour of the woodwork in the springtime sunshine.

Jamie and Richards 2-1 Session

Jamie has been coached by Tony before, and booked another session with me along with his mate Richard. We started with the skills checks as always where Jamie showed me that he retained all but looking from his previous session, whereas i had to work on Rich’s looking and body position. I also made a slight set up change to his bike before moving on. I gave them a quick cornering exercise to work further on body position before moving onto the drops. Here i gave them a mental skills set, and soon they where both riding off the larger drop, and landing perfectly. Next we linked drops into corners, practising both techniques in sequence. After a quick break, we moved to the table top, where they both sailed over the tabletop, and their first ever gap jumps. On to the pump trail next, where i showed them pumping through sections, and soon deciding to jump sections as well, and we linked this to the two berms at the end. I next showed them some ladders which involved turning and dropping on north shore, and both Jamie and Rich rode it comfortably. I then showed Jamie a larger gap jump, which he followed me over in order to assure he had the correct speed. We moved over to the quarry, where i showed them steeper stuff, and also dropping in side ways, which both rode with ease. A couple of runs down the skills trail, practising turns linked with rocks, fly outs, steps and drops, led us back over to the ladders, where our session ended with both of them riding a wooden seesaw, and with Rich’s final bit of energy, linked it in with anothet ladder, and the one he had ridden earlier in the day.
Cheers guys, great session!
Nath (@ukbike_nath)
Tony (@ukbikeskills)