Stu’s one to one February 1st, 2018Tony Doyle
David, Simon, Stephen and Justin arrived as arranged and the skills check laid the foundation for everything that was about to change in their riding.
The rain eased and the wind died off leaving us to focus on applying the physical skills to drops, jumping tabletops and gaps, cornering, drop offs .
I last coached the guys back in February and this time they wanted to learn to style it in the air bit and also push their riding on to gaps and woodwork.
The skills check showed that I had to work on the mental skills and the session unfolded slowly but surely.
Drops, jumping tabletops, gaps, pumping, cornering, linking jumps together, wallrides and woodwork were all ridden through this session and always demonstrated by myself first, of course.
Great session and a brilliant end to another week of coaching mountain bike skils.
Bob took up a short notice availability session I had and when he arrived he said that he wanted to learn to jump. I asked him what other sports he’d done and I used that experience to develop his riding.
Drops were first followed by jumping a tabletop, that done we moved to gap jumping and much to his surprise he sailed over it. Thta was his first ever gap jump and at the young age of 64!
Cornering was where he really found his skiing pay off as I showed him why it worked in mountain biking too.
By the end of the session he was flying down a trail and jumping, pumping and railing turns.
Paul came to me for his birthday present wanting to work on his erratic jump technique and I also discovered him to be very one sided in corners too.
Colin arrived wanting to iron out errors in his riding and get better at jumping as he always landed short on jumps or got twisted in the air. The skills check showed myself what needed working on and armed with that information I began correcting his skills set.
Drops, jumps, pumping,bunnyhops, cornering and judging speed for distance of jumps as well as gap jumps were all on the cards today. What a session it turned into. A great session with a cool guy.
I have coached Jon a few times and he wanted to return for his son Louie to have a session too. The session was all about berms , jumping and wallrides. Even a spill by dad didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and Louie was blown away at how well he could ride by the sessions end.