Jo, John, Andy and Keith’s private skills session


Jo, John, Andy and Keith arrived as arranged and after checking their bikes over, ran them through my skills check.

Body positioning and looking were glaring errors and then foot placement. I worked on replacing the physical errors and then I worked on the head game.

I think the pictures tell the tale of how the session unfolded. Brilliant session with a great bunch. Awesome flapjacks too.



Xc singletrack skills with Jonathan

Jonathan races xc and always lost time in corners and when riding down singletrack and over obstacles. I based the session upon correcting his physical skills, especially body positioning before working on “stuff”

The session gradually gained pace as Jonathan grew more aware of anything he was doing physically on the bike right or wrong.

What a session it was.



Mother and Daughter share a session

I have coached Ellen before and this time Her mum Sue joined the session as she lacked confidence when riding and a recent trip to Spain really knocked her confidence as she found herself walking down most things. The session would involve installing Sue’s skills set and developing Ellen’s skills too. I was able to work on style in the air with Ellen whilst getting Mum comfortable in the air on drops. I worked on Ellen’s weaker right turns whilst working on mums footwork and looking in her cornering. We worked on linking drops and drop offs and also drops into turns too. The rain didn’t deter us as we moved smoothly and unhurried through applying the mental and physical skills to many sections found on trails.

Mum said that she had only rolled over jumps and had no idea how to jump but befoe the end of the session herself along with Ellen were sailing a 6ft table top with Ellen moving onto the 6ft gap jump and then the 9ft gap jump. What a session!!!!! I’ll be buzzing all night now.




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From the Isle of Wight





Chris and his father Simon made the trip over from the isle of Wight and the early start meant they arrived early too, bonus!

I explained the out line of the session and began with my skills check and set up changes. I demonstrated why I adjusted their set ups and the effect was immediate.

I knew I had to work on footwork, looking and body positioning and started with cornering, this hit home straight away and we used their new skills in berms as well as half of the singletrack trail. From there we worked on steeper terrain and a near vertical drop off. I worked on their mental skills so they could choose what to ride or not using a decision rather than balls and I demonstrated various ways of riding such sections. They felt way more control than ever before and the effect blew them away.

WE took a break and then worked on drops and jumping. The drops to 3ft proved no problem where as before they would have but the 6ft tabletop jump surprised them as they both rode not only that but the 6ft gap jump too. I wanted them both to apply their mental skills to decide whether to ride a larger gap jump of 9ft which they did. Chris rode it and Simon couldn’t add up his questions positively so correctly declined.

They were both tired but wanted more so before we ended, I moved them to a gap jump trail to work on that and after a good few runs they both decided they were too tired to continue and a brilliant session came to an end.








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The art of mountain biking

Paul and Rob have been coached by myself previously, as had Paul’s wife Emma who came along to watch and hang out. Ian, Nick and Colin came along via their recommendation. They wanted to work on cornering and work on airtime. The skills check showed me the areas that required correcting and that left us to apply the techniques I teach to various sections you come across on trails.

Cornering and carrying speed through turns was first up and their feet, looking and body positions were adjusted and they felt grip and control immediately. We applied this to linking three berms together as well as in a singletrack trail and they were loving it already.

Drops and jumping a 6ft tabletop was next up and both techniques were demonstrated and they all followed suit. The new boys were amazed at how easy and simple their new drop technique was and i was able to work with Rob and Paul on adding style to the technique too.

It wasn’t long before we moved to jumping the 6ft table top and gap jump side too. Watching them sail into the air and land the other side was awesome!

After a lunch break we resumed with riding steeper terrain which included a near vertical drop off and i demonstrated three different ways of riding it. They all applied their mental skills to decide which technique they would do or not.

We worked on rolling steep terrain into corners and linking a hip jump that came after.

We then moved onto riding alpine style switchbacks. The mental aspect of these is huge but gradually they all began to ride them. Paul and colin rode the 6ft drop to the side of it.

From there we moved onto the final application of the skills set, jumping larger gaps. I demonstrated both 9ft and 13ft gaps before it was their turn to apply their mental skills to decide which if any to ride.

Awesome end to an awesome weeks coaching and riding.

High 5!



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Showing Ben and Dan why

Ben and Dan arrived as arranged and I gave them an outline of the skills sets we at ukbikeskills teach. The skills check revealed their missing skills but also showed me what was present already, so I set about correcting their physical skills sets before working on their mental skills.

We began with drops and quickly moved to the tabletop to work on isolating both phases of jumping. Boom , they were flying and landing perfectly 6ft later on the down slope. Dan had been elsewhere previously for mountain bike coaching but he said this was very different as it worked effortlessly.

The 6ft gap jump proved no issue either and it wasn’t long before we began working on cornering. This had a profound effect on both of them as they had grip levels they’d never experienced before and soon they were railing three berms and carry speed over a larger jump.

We took a break and resumed, this time I demonstrated a 7ft gap jump that came after two berm and by carrying speed through both turns, the jump became easier. Ben, followed by Dan sailed over it again and again before we moved to work on linking drops into corners and then onto steeper terrain.

I demonstrated various ways of riding down a near vert drop off and they were amazed at how controlled and easy that was too and the smile on their faces grew and grew.

Next, a 9ft gap jump sandwiched between two berms was next. I demonstrated it at two very different speeds to demonstrate effort and they both sailed it, later adding the trail above it and linking pumping, manuals and berms into the line.

Before our time together finished, I moved them to a gap jump trail and demonstrated riding them and again the boys flew through them. What a session with two awesome blokes.

High 5!



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Getting Andrew ready for Ardrock


Andrew has never had mountain bike coaching before as he mostly rides the flatlands of Cambridgeshire but having entered an enduro in Yorkshire, he hunted around online and found ukbikeskills.

On meeting Andrew I explained the framework of the skills set we teach and then I set to work breaking his riding down and rebuilding it.

To his surprise, the drop technique was first and by applying both mental and physical skills he found getting air for the first time ever was a lot easier than he’d read or thought.

Onto cornering  and working on footwork and body positioning he found a grip and control he’d never had before and soon he was sailing down the singletrack trail. Pumping, rocks, steps, absorbing and drop offs were all linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. By identifying lines and braking areas Andrew became faster as he felt more controlled.

What a session




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