tweaking Trevor’s riding

 I coached Trevor three months ago and wanted to return to piece his riding together some more. Last session I worked predominately on pumping, jumping and drops and this time I wanted to work on his trail fluidity and linking sections of a trail together.
Trevor warmed up by linking three berms together and I discovered a small footwork error that needed ironing out. We soon moved on to the singletrack trail to work on linking different types of corners together and identifying braking areas and line choices. I used the top 6 sections first and we worked on those corners, rock garden and pumping to gain speed before having a welcome coffee break.
 We resumed by working on the bottom 7 sections and choosing which technique to use on drop offs and steps as well as a fly out jump. The 4ft drop into the final corner was something that was soon easily flying beneath Trevor’s wheels and he was riding the trail top to bottom with control and confidence. Errors were being self diagnosed as he knew why it was right or felt wrong in any sections.
 I moved us on to the 6ft tabletop from the last session to work on separating the techniques required to jump tabletops, Soon he was sailing into the air and landing on the downslope. I worked on speed and effort to clear the jump. The sun was setting as Trevor called n end to the session and he handed me a beer to celebrate an awesome session.
Keep up the good work dude.

Simon, Rob and Paul’s skills day

I coached Simon over four years ago and he returned today along with Paul and Rob so they could share the session and all enjoy their improvements together. The skills check showed me that they collectively needed work on footwork, looking and body position and it was good to see that Simon had retained lots of the first coaching session too.
 We moved to the drop technique and using a 3ft drop I was able to install the mental skills as well as demonstrate why the physical skills applied. I even got them to begin styling it too. I moved across to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and in a few steps they all cleared the tabletop and also the gap jump to, which was a sign of things to come
 Onto cornering and carrying speed through a berm before adding two more later and a large faced jump, bike park wales stylee.
 We took a break and resumed with linking drops into corners and the correct line choices and braking areas. Soon they were linking the 4ft drop into the turn like it wasn’t there.
 We then moved to the trail with the multiple berms and worked on pumping and jumping sections of a trail to gain speed and then linked  a7ft gap jump into the line and they once again all rode it a few times before we moved on again to a 9ft gap jump. The 9ft jump is sandwiched between two corners and the lads made short work of it. Paul used his mental skills wisely to not rush in and after the others had cleared it, he linked it in to the line from before so he could flow into it. They then played follow the leader and all rode the trail from top to bottom a few more times before tiredness began creeping in and an awesome session came to a close.
What a session, High5!