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Bev had been to me before for some mountain bike skills coaching, and came back with the intention of improving her jumping ability. I ran her through the skills check, as both myself or Tony would do upon anyone returning for another session. I could see she had been practicing and what I had shown her previously had embedded. We carried on with cornering for the first part of her session, mainly to warm her up, and I gave her a few little bits to work on.

We moved to the top of the pump trail to begin working on Bev’s goal of jumping. I was getting her to pump through the first two sections, and start to jump the third. She was starting to ride this well, so I moved her into drops. We rode these drops last time, so this time I controlled her speed, and gradually slowed her down to bring out her unweight technique. We then moved this effort over to the tabletop and gap jump, and she was able to clear both with less speed than before.

After lunch, we moved back over to the linked berms, but this time I showed her the wooden gap jump after the second one. Now it was mainly her timing that became an issue, but after a few goes and making it clear to her where she should be looking and actioning, she was flying over the gap and landing smoothly on the transition. We moved up the hill, and started to look at the start of the new gap jump line we built recently. After demonstrating the speed needed, Bev was riding in and floating over the gap.

Bev was beginning to tire, so I moved her into the quarry to look at steeper terrain. I showed her rolling into sections both with and without an apex, and also dropping in sideways. She looked very comfortable with these, braking in the correct places before and after he sections, and maintained a good body position throughout. Bev called an end to the session as she could feel tiredness setting in and she could no longer focus on what she had to do.

Great to see you again Bev. Think about them arms, and the point you should be unweighting.

Nath (@ukbikenath)