Ian has never ever got his wheels off the ground and it was his physical skills that needed correcting before I could show him why it’s a simple physical act to do so.
Footwork in berms was an issue as was positioning on steep terrain and drop offs.
I coached these two separately on public sessions a year or more ago. They wanted to return to develop their riding and regain lost confidence.
I broke down their skills sets and rebuilt them. Better cornering and judging effort and distance when jumping were on the menu. Steep drops, gaps, tabletops and riding obstacles all seemed simpler than previously.
Ben has a background in roller hockey and skateboarding and has recently been bitten by the mountain bike bug. He wanted to gain the illusive flow of a trail and maybe learn to jump, but the session was way more than that as I was able to use his experiences from other sports and apply them to this sport.
Dave and Andy wanted some coaching to learn to carry speed through turns , ride over logs and learn how to jump properly.
I broke their riding down and made a small adjustment to Dave’s set up and away we went. The session unfolded under the blue skies and what a session it was. Now they knew about their body positioning and understood the mental skills , their riding really bloomed.
I coached Luke last year and he wanted to return and do another session but this time with his mates Mike and Gareth.
I isolated the skills that needed work, positioning and footwork and that enabled me to work on their mental skills too.
I built the session up gradually and we applied their skills set to as many sections as possible. Tabletops, gap jumps, drops, berms and wall rides were all on the menu.
Mik and Sarah have been riding for years and wanted to learn to handle jumps and drops, but also to understand why.
I broke down their skills sets and adjusted their set ups before moving on to applying a new skill set to their riding. Footwork, looking and positioning were all tweaked and moulded until things began to happen and I built on that. I think the pics and vids tell the story perfectly.
Colin, Tom, Andy and Tony have been to me twice previously and returned with Ian for a skills session. I had to work on positioning and footwork mostly today and also the head game.
The session consisted of Tabletop jumps, style, riding obstacles, drops and gaps and linking them all together.