Singletrack skills session 29th May

Today’s riders arrived early so we had a coffee before we started. I ran them through my skills check and identified the missing physical skills and then moved on to some cornering work to apply the physical skills before moving to a rock section to work on applying the mental skills that I teach also.
Over the period of the session we worked on applying the skills sets in a singletrack environment and worked on linking 14 sections of a trail together, working on control areas and line choices. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to drop offs, pumping, rocks, steps and carrying speed through undulations on a trail. Before the end of the session I even showed them all why the skills made drops easy too and they were all amazed at how much control they now felt and as a by product of that they were faster too.
Great session guys and girls, High5!

Loz and the Berkhamstead crew

Loz, Doug, Jon, Ali and James arrived for their alpine preparation session. I began as ever with the skills check and set up changes and discovered footwork and looking needed working on first and later on, body positioning and the all important mental skills. 

 The drops were the first sections we started on and they were all amazed at how simple and easy it all felt. All 3 drops to 3ft were ridden using their mental and physical skills sets. We moved to basic pumping and cornering using 2 berms and they were soon gaining speed through them with confidence and commitment. After a few good runs we moved on to riding over large rocks/stumps and the required application of techniques in that context. They were amazed at the ease of that too and after some practice we took a break for coffee.
 On resuming, we moved to riding steeper terrain and once again applied the skills decide whether to ride a near vertical drop off and I demonstrated different ways of doing this.
We moved on again and this time to linking drops into corners and the required line choice and braking areas. As their skills grew more embedded they found themselves becoming faster and faster. Now it was time to show why their skills apply to jumping tabletops and gaps. It took no time at all for them to one by one sail over the 6ft tabletop and some even rode the gap jump a few times too and now they were buzzing but I could see they were tiring. We chatted and moved on to the trail with the two linked berms and worked on pumping and jumping multiple sections of a trail and linked the two berms in as well. After a few runs they knew they were tiring and soon our session came to a tired and happy close. Have fun in the alps boys.

Skills session with Chris

Chris arrived early, so i ran him through the skills check, to assure he had a full set of skills before moving on to applying them. We went to the drops, where i talked about the mental skills, and he quickly took on board everything i had talked about so far, and was landing perfectly off the larger drop at a variety of speeds. We moved onto the trail after a quick cornering execise, and i worked him through it section by section, which involved both types of corners, rocks, flyouts which he used to jump, steps and drops, and was soon riding top to bottom faster and in more control than before. Next we worked on the tabletop, where i controlled speed to allow him to focus on the other skills within jumping. I kept adding speed untill he was landing perfectly on the transition of both the table top, and his first ever gap jump. We moved up to the pump and jump trail, where we worked on pumping the sections, and keeping speed in order to jump sections. Mental tiredness kicked in and our session came to an end with Chris riding the whole trail top to bottom, choosing what to pump or jump.
Brilliant day!
Nath (@ukbike_nath)
Tony (@ukbikeskills)

22nd May public jumps & drops session

We started off by doing a simple check to see what skills each rider had, and which ones we needed to work on. We also made any set changes here, before moving onto drops. We talked through the mental side of riding and how the mental skills set should be used properlly. Everyone was soon landing perfectly off of a drop of their choosing. We worked on corner, and linking drops into corners next, which we followed with the fly out, where we explained the beginnings of jumping, before moving over to the tabletop. Here we just repeated the technique they already know, and we controlled their speed, and they all began landing on the down slope, and some rode the gap jump too. Our session finished on the pump trail, where they began pumping and jumping sections of their choice, and linking these with two corners to finish off.
Great session today guys!
Tony (@ukbikeskills)
Nath (@ukbike_nath)

A birthday present

Claire bought her partner Simon the skills session as a birthday gift and they shared the session as they ride together and both wanted to improve their riding. I began with the skills check and found they needed work primarily on footwork and looking and later on i was able to work on body positioning too. I made some set up changes and showed them both why I had done so. We started with the drop technique and they were amazed at the simplicity of the skills and how easy it all became as they rode all 3 drops to 3ft high with ease and control. We then moved on to cornering, first on grass and later on berms before moving to the skills trail itself. Over the next couple of hours we worked on linking all 14 sections of the trail together using identified control areas and line choice. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pumping, steps, rocks, jumps and drops and soon they were riding the entire trail faster and smoother than ever.

After a good few runs which included them getting air from the 4ft drop near the end of the trail we moved on as I could see they were tiring but I wanted to work on their mental skills and applying their physical skills to riding down steep sections. They both rode the near vertical drop off and it blew them away at how simple everything now was. To end our session I showed why the skills made getting the rear wheel over obstacles easy, something Simon had been trying for years. The smile on his face when he actually bunny hopped was a sight to see.
Amazing improvements .